PSyKo SEVEN Nicaragua Robusto. That’s a long name. It’s the latest addition to the PSyKo SEVEN brand that already had the Psyko SEVEN, Psyko SEVEN Maduro, and the PSyKo SEVEN Connecticut. All of the blends are made in the Dominican Republic, except for the PSyKo SEVEN Nicaragua. For this cigar, Ventura Cigar Co. worked with the young and talented Indiana Ortez. She blended the cigar and the cigars are made at her father’s factory in Condega, Nicaragua.
With that, the PSyKo SEVEN Nicaragua can really carry the Nicaraguan name. Especially when all the tobacco is Nicaraguan too. It’s not like some competitors that use the Nicaragua name for cigars made in other countries with little Nicaraguan tobacco, such as the new Camacho Nicaragua. The wrapper leaves for the PSyKo SEVEN Nicaragua are grown in a desflorado way. That means that the farmer chopped off the tobacco flower early on in the growing process. It is believed that the leaves will get more nutrients that way. And produce a stronger flavor.
Name: PSyKo SEVEN Nicaragua Robusto
Factory: Agroindustrial Nicaraguense de Tabacos S.A.
Price: € 8.25 (Swiss price converted to Euro)
Cutter: Xikar X2
Lighter: single flame
Smoke conditions: indoors with ventilato
Smoke time: three hours
Sponsored by Ventura Cigar Co
The cigar has a huge ring, so you can’t really see the wrapper. The ring bears Indiana’s signature. There’s also some information about the blend on the ring. Once removed, a secondary ring is revealed. Again with Indiana’s signature and the PSyKo SEVEN logo. According to the description, this is a strong cigar. But the vintage 2007 wrapper doesn’t look strong. The color is quite light. The wrapper is slightly oily and smooth. The cigar looks good and feels good. The triple cap is perfect. The aroma is strong with hay and ammonia smells. Slowly green herbs, pepper, young wood, and grass show up as well.
The cold draw is good with a raw, nutty and raisin-like tobacco flavor. After lighting the cigar is slightly salty, with walnuts and leather. The mouthfeel is thick and sticky, yet not creamy. Soon after the cigar gets a nice balsamico vinegar sourness with leather and pepper. The mouthfeel is still thick, but a little creamy now. There’s also a little nuttiness. The cigar gets stronger and moves towards a pepper, nuts and wood flavor profile. There is still leather in the profile as well. Halfway the cigar gains more in strength. There is wood, leather, some earthiness, pepper and a hint of sweetness. Once the final third starts, the pepper becomes more pronounced and comes more to the forefront. The wood and leather are slowly pushing the nutty and earthiness away. The last part of the cigar doesn’t have any flavor changes anymore.
The draw is flawless. The smoke could be a little thicker though. The ash is coarse, yet firm. Pepper and salt colored. The burn isn’t perfect, it is a little uneven at times but corrects itself. This is an intriguing cigar with a unique flavor palate. Strong yet smooth. With enough evolution to keep it interesting. Nub worthy cigar that lasted for three hours.