Review of Archetype Strange Passage Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
Archetype Strange Passage cigars from Ventura Cigar Company are made in Honduras with Ecuadorian Habano wrappers, Honduran Corojo binders, and an undisclosed multi-country blend of filler tobaccos. These cigars are available in three sizes, including a box pressed Robusto (5½ x 54) priced at around $10.50, which was sampled for this short review.
The Archetype Strange Passage Robusto began with the taste of spice along with some pepper. The smoke was in the medium-to-full bodied range, but moved closer to full after 15-20 minutes. At that point, a creamy and subtly sweet nougat flavor became predominate, after the pepper faded and the spice moved into the background. The flavors were very enjoyable both before and after the transformation.
The cigar had a very good draw, held a long ash, and had a mostly even burn. It took me 70 minutes to smoke the Archetype Strange Passage Robusto down to two inches remaining, with one relight required at the 40-minute mark. I enjoyed the sample cigar all the way down to the very last puff, and enough to rate it with a superior 4.25 points on a 5-point scale. Recommended for more experienced cigar smokers.