JC Newman

July 06, 2021

ADVentura The Royal Return-King's Gold Corona (6 x 44)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

ADVentura Cigars was founded by Henderson Ventura and Marcel Knobel. It’s a brand of cigars that comes out of Tabacalera William Ventura in the Dominican Republic. This is a factory that has earned a reputation for making cigars for companies such as Caldwell Cigar Company, La Barba Cigars, and Room101 Cigars. The Royal Return is actually a two-cigar line consisting of Queen’s Pearl, a Connecticut Shade; and King’s Gold, a Connecticut Broadleaf. In both cases, these are cigars that feature wrappers that had not been seen in the ADVentura portfolio to date.

The lines in the ADVentura Cigars portfolio have had a theme of exploration. This has been seen in offerings such as ADVentura – The Explorer, ADVentura – The Navigator, and ADVentura – The Conquerer. With ADVentura – The Royal Return, the theme focuses around explorers bringing back gifts for the Queen and King from a sea voyage. As the name indicates, this includes pearls for the Queen and gold for the King. Both the Queen’s Pearl and King’s Gold are positioned as more ultra-premium offerings in the ADVentura portfolio.

Blend and Origin

The Royal Return King’s Gold is a multi-national blend highlighted by a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. In addition, the blend features a Mexican San Andres binder and Dominican, U.S., and Nicaraguan fillers. As mentioned above, production for ADVentura Cigars comes out of Tabacalera William Ventura in the Dominican Republic.

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Mexican San Andres

Filler: Dominican, American (USA), Nicaragua

Country of Origin: Dominican Republic

Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura

Vitolas Offered

Robusto: 52 x 5

Toro: 54 x 6

Corona: 6 x 44 REVIEWED TODAY

The cigar is a dark brown and has an average feel in the hand. The band is stamped metal.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were dark chocolate, a tangy citrus-like note, light toffee, and a very earthy nutmeg that is attached to a very earthy black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 8+. There is a ton of black pepper in this cigar. It's a very dark noted but quite sweet start. Nice.

At the first third (24 minutes) I noted the addition of citrus peel. There are a lot of chocolate and black coffee notes in this cigar but there are also a lot of very sweet notes. The citrus notes and brown sugar, along with the toffee notes are a very sweet flavor. They easily counteract the darker notes of dark chocolate and black coffee. There is also a ton of black pepper. (which I love, by the way) The finish has citrus and a drop or two of dark chocolate. The lingering black pepper is pretty good. The cigar is medium to full bodied but it tastes like it's very full bodied. This is a very tasty cigar. I rated the first third 95.

As I moved through the second third (48 minutes) a major change occurred. The crazy sweet citrus notes dropped off! But, the low level toffee notes rose up to take their place. So, the cigar is still quite sweet but it's a different sweet. The other notes of dark chocolate and black coffee with nutmeg are still there. The black pepper has exploded! The lingering black pepper, if rated, would be a 10. The front end black pepper is still very good also. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. The finish is more of a toffee with a ton of lingering black pepper. To me the cigar was better when it had the massive citrus notes so I lowered the score to 94. Still a very good cigar.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 7 minutes. In the final third the citrus notes made a modest return. They did not reach their level of the first third but they are noticeable again. The toffee is still at it's sweet level. There are still nice dark chocolate and black coffee notes. The nutmeg is manageable and mixed in with the black coffee. If you're a black pepper fan you will love this cigar. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged from the last segment. I held the score of 94 for the final third.  This is a very good cigar that I recommend.

Overall Score: 94.33

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