It’s Stog o’Clock, and this go around, I check out the Curivari Reserva Limitada Café Noir in the 56 size. This 6×56, slightly box-pressed Toro features all Cuban-seed, Nicaraguan tobacco. The wrapper is velvety smooth, and it looks to be rolled very well with a dense pack.
The wrapper gives off a mild tobacco and grass aroma. Out of the foot, I find a cinnamon smell with more tobacco. On the cold draw, there is a slight wood and black licorice flavor. Once lit, there is a noticeable smokiness with black pepper and leathery wood. Through the nose, there is a bomb of black pepper spice with an espresso and coffee mix. The finish is very spicy and earthy.
After twenty-five minutes, I finish the first third. On the draw, I find a cherry and chocolate mix alongside some espresso and rich earth. Through the nose, there is spicy cedar and a nutty char note. The finish is long with fruity leather, black pepper, and cinnamon. Both the strength and body fall in the medium-to-full range.
Fifty minutes in, the second third closes out. The draw gives me toast on top of coffee and a nice mix of sweet hay and chocolate. The retro-hale has some spice to it with cayenne pepper and cedar. On the finish, I find black licorice with smoky leather and some earth. There is no change to the strength or body of the smoke.
The final third gets me to one hour and twenty minutes. On the draw, there is more coffee and chocolate with the addition of some bitter char. Through the nose, I pick up some floral cedar with a spicy vanilla note. The finish is still long with more smoky leather on top of a grassy earth and black pepper mix. Both the strength and body jump up to the full mark in the final third.
The Café Noir is a tasty cigar with a wide range of balanced, complex flavors. It’s got a decent amount of strength in the final third, topping off the smoke, and performance is spot on. In the $8-9 range, it’s not a terrible price, either. This one is worth a try if you get the chance.