Cigar Review: Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals – Rated 90

Back in October of 2018 I introduced you all to the latest creation from Ventura Cigars the  Archetype Fantasy Mini Series. We reviewed the first of the three new blends, the Curses. Since then, there has been a lot of sightings by Ventura General Manager, Michael Giannini, from Europe to the New Orleans Barn Smoker as the company pulls out the stops in their 2018 marketing plan. In the Ventura Cigars press release on the new Archetype Mini Series, they noted:

“This 3-cigar collection- Crystals, Curses, and Cloaks- was released with fanfare in July 2018 at IPCPR, and instantly caught the eyes of the industry for its unique blends and backstory. And it’s now available for consumers on their own quest for standout cigars.”

Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series
Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series

Today I present the second blend in the Archetype Fantasy Mini Series known as Crystals. Like the Curses it is available in a single 5 x 50 Robusto. The blend is described as:

  • Wrapper: Sun-grown Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua Habano
  • Filler: Nicaragua Habano

The Archetype Mini Series Crystals has a MSRP of $9.00/cigar.

Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals
Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals

Pre-Light Examination

The Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals has a medium brown lightly blotchy wrapper with a few veins and finished with double cap. There is a oily sheen to the wrapper that shines well in the light.

Like its siblings, the Crystals is adorned with a primary black band with the gold Archetype logo centered along with the word CRYSTALS printed in white. Then there is the large outer sleeve that covers the cigar from the foot to the band.

Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals
Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals

Running the Crystals across the nose I picked up a natural tobacco sweetness along the barrel and a light spice off the foot.

I decided to use my punch to open the cap and took some cold draw puffs that had a decent restriction and offered notes of black pepper and earth

With an inviting pre-light exam it was time to toast it up and see where the Archetype Mini Series Crystals take me. 


Cigar Review Notes

Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals
Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals
Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals
Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals
Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals
Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals
Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals
Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals
  • Right off the first light the palate is graced with a mild pepper to start 
  • Sweetness with a touch of leather is revealed as the pepper receded
  • Smoke is creamy 
  • White ash thick char line
  • Cinnamon notes round out the early profile
  • Ash falls after an inch or so reveling a flat burn cone
  • Dry cocoa powder notes enter
  • Slight wave develops in the burn
  • Sweetness re-appears moving through the second third
  • Woody notes enter near the end of the second third
  • Barrel gets hot to touch just below the band
  • Flavor fades at the end
  • Medium in Strength
  • Total Smoking Time was 1 hour and 20 minutes

Overall, I rate the Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals an 90. The cigar started with some fine flavors and decent burn but as it progressed the burn did develop a jaggedness. Approaching the end, the flavor started to fade and it was getting hot to the touch. At a price of $9.00 this might be something you may want to try.

Point Deductions: (-1) Jagged Burn; (-1) Burned Hot to the Touch; (-1) Flat Burn Cone; (-2) Flavor Faded at End; (-1) May Want to Try

Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals
Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals

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