Ave Maria Ark of the Covenant

Ave Maria Ark of the Covenant

Origin : NicaraguaAve Maria Cigars
Format : (Petit?) Gordo
Size : 4.5 x 60
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each
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Since the Ave Maria was released, it has been one of my favorite cigars. I usually only smoke full bodied cigars, so for me to find a medium bodied one that I like this much is rare. My father is new to cigars, and this is the one that got him to enjoy them. This works out in my favor because now I have someone to split a box with every now and then to cut costs.

Appearance : ★★★★½
The dark brown habano wrapper appears perfect. There is not one vein running through the entire stick that would affect the burn pattern. If the wrapper doesn’t draw you in, the band sure will. The Ave Maria has one of my favorite cigar bands of all time. The vivid colors and the giant knight just drew me in immediately.

Construction : ★★★½☆
This thick beast was packed too tight. It was tight to the point that it was relatively difficult to draw from. Other than that flaw, the rest of the construction was great. The cap was perfectly flush. The cigar cut very clean and was very easy to light. And the ash was very strong, holding on until halfway.

Ave Maria Ark of the Covenant

Flavor : ★★★★½
The flavor started off very toasty with a mild spice. Shortly after that there formed some honey notes. These sweet notes combined with the pepper for a nice sweet and spicy flavor. About an inch or so in, the flavor mellows out and a earthy profile comes out. By halfway the cigar became very sweet and the honey notes were met by a cedar flavor. The finish was mainly all earth and sweet tobacco flavors. The spice had died down to just an undertone.

Value : ★★★★☆
I don’t feel that this cigar is worth the $7 asking price. I feel a $5 price tag would be more logical. But in my current location, with taxes how they are, $7 is almost an industry average per stick, if not a little bit higher. So I guess that the $7 price tag is a fitting price overall.

Overall Rating : ★★★★☆
Ave Maria has a great, relatively consistent flavor profile that I enjoy very much. The cigar has a solid medium body. Other than the minor draw issue, it is great, especially for a Cigars International house brand. I highly recommend this cigar to everyone. As I said before, it is one of my favorites.

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3 Comments on “Ave Maria Ark of the Covenant”

  1. Interesting review. I had quite the opposite experiences. The draw was very good, and the burn perfectly even. But I thought the flavor was a bit one-dimensional. Oh well, I’ve got four more from my CI 5-pack, maybe future sticks will taste better.

  2. M. Germany says:

    Fantastic review Zack Attack! I will add this to my “must try soon” list. @Johnvanore, most likely your tast was more than accurate as well. It all depends on your mood, what you are drinking, and the atmosphere. I have found that if I am smoking in a lounge with lots of other smokers, jabbing away, the smoke loses complexity and depth as I literally seem to pay attention less. However, when you smoke to review, you are digging ever so deeply to figure out what that was that you just tasted. Your senses are heightened, and your palate tends to be more easily aroused. I say smoke another one with the sole intention of analytics, and let us know how your perspective changes.

  3. Cigar Dude says:

    This is an excellent medium-bodied smoke, very good taste, burn and construction. But…this is priced too high in my book to be able to enjoy more often.

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