Ventura Cigars


Slaughterhouse: The Operator


APRIL 2022 – Ventura Cigar Company is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of “Slaughterhouse: The Operator” in collaboration with Operation: Cigars for Warriors. 

Slaughterhouse: The Operator is a multi-year aged limited edition bundle of ten cigars, with all profits benefitting Cigars for Warriors. The bundles of ten cigars will include a postcard about CFW’s mission and a limited-edition decal featuring The Operator artwork. 

This is a new blend in the Slaughterhouse line. The Operator will be offered in a 6”x50 Toro featuring a natural Nicaraguan wrapper, binder, and filler tobacco. The flavor profile, slightly more complex than the original Slaughterhouse, is well rounded and medium-bodied. This Nicaraguan puro leads with bold flavors and transitions to a smooth, creamy finish. 

“Cigars for Warriors is a really special organization. The work they do organizing, collecting, and shipping donations to our troops doesn’t go unrecognized, when the opportunity to collaborate presented itself – it was a no-brainer.” says Benjamin Winokur, Ventura Cigar Company Brand Manager at Kretek. 

Slaughterhouse: The Operator is produced in Nicaragua at the Plasencia factory; well known for crafting top-quality cigars. Ventura Cigar Company is excited to share this premium blend from their portfolio of offerings. 

Storm Boen, Chairman of the CFW Board of Directors added “We are elated to be working with Kretek and their many subsidiaries. I have personally enjoyed being part of designing the logo and packaging. The Kretek team’s professionalism is unparalleled and has made this project a joy for our team. This entry into the synergy program is truly beyond cool! On top of it being an excellent new medium bodied cigar it is economically friendly also. Please try a few and support our amazing deployed troops today!” 

Availability is expected May 2022, and is limited to 1,300 bundles. 

Slaughterhouse: The Operator will be distributed exclusively through Phillips & King and is only available to retailers who have been approved by Cigars for Warriors as a designated Donation Center.

Archetype Axis Mundi

Axis MundiVentura Cigar’s Archetype series is inspired by the work of psychologist Dr. Carl Jung and mythographer Joseph Campbell who defined ‘archetypes’ as the constantly repeating characters who occur in the dreams of all people and the myths of all cultures. Campbell discovered through his study of world myths that the ‘Hero’s Journey’ is a common storytelling arc that has been retold in infinite variations since time began. The Axis Mundi cigar received a 93 rating from Cigar Aficionado (in 2017) so while deciding what to write about next, I decided it was time to give it a try.

The cigar is covered in dark brown slightly toothy Maduro Habano Ecuadorian wrapper. On the wrapper there are some light but noticeable veins and a nice oily finish to it. Seams are tight, the construction feels firm to the touch and no dead spots could be found. The body gives aromas of dried fruit, citrus, hay and a bit of cedar. The cold draw has the flavor or raisin and tobacco.

The first half provides the taste of roasted nuts, spices and a touch of sweatiness I can not place. The burn is even and the ash holds easily to over an inch in length. It produces a medium amount of good weighted smoke with a pleasant aroma.

The second half relaxes into some new flavors. The creaminess of this cigar comes to the forefront along with earthiness, there is the sweetness of dried fruit accompanied with spices on the finish. Reaching the end large amounts of cedar can be noticed and the flavor, in general, is what I would describe as a full. By the midpoint, smoke production has increased to larger amount, the burn remains even for the duration of the cigar and the ash continues to hold tight until knocked free.

“Heaven meets earth” in this collaboration between Ventura Cigar and Drew Estate. This sublimely balanced Nicaraguan powerhouse “delivers rich, complex layers of spice, [dried fruit], maple syrup and charred oak”.

Wrapper: Maduro Habano Ecuador
Binder: Indonesia Sumatra
Filler: Habano Nicaragua
Price: Around $9.00 – $11.00 a stick depending on where you find them.
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 pints


Psyko Seven Nicaragua

PSyKo SEVEN Nicaragua The Psyko Seven Nicaragua is the most recent collaboration between Ventura Cigar Co. and Nicaraguan cigarmaker Indiana Ortez. It is rolled entirely with Nicaraguan tobaccos and according to Ventura, all the tobacco except the wrapper, used in the Psyko Seven Nicaragua blend was grown by the Ortez family. The Nicaraguan wrapper is said to be from a 2007 crop that was grown using a desflorado process. (Don’t recommend google searching that one so just click the link to the definition.)

The wrapper is light golden brown in color with light veining which gives it a smooth feel to the touch. Construction wise it feels full and firm and does not give much when pressure is applied. It offers the smell of raisins and tea leaves. The cap cuts with no damage caused to the wrapper. The cold draw is easy and the flavor reminds me of coriander with a hint of sweetness and another flavor that is familiar but I can not place it.

During the first half starts off peppery but then quickly mellows into a creamy flavor. The smoke production is full but light adding to the creamy texture of the cigar. The burn is even and the ash holds tightly until choosing to knock it off.

The second half the creaminess retreated to the back and more of a pepper and earth flavor come to the forefront. While there was this change in flavor the latte like flavor and feel of the cigar does not disappear. The burn stays sharp for the duration of the smoke and the ash is tight but does start to fall off quicker than the first half.

This cigar was an enjoy to smoke, from construction to flavor it was done right. Easy enough to smoke for a rookie and intriguing enough for the self described aficionado. Ventura is doing a great job adding to their cigar portfolio and I hope to continue seeing more added. If you want to know more about their cigars give the original PSyKo SEVEN review a read by clicking here.

Wrapper – Nicaraguan Connecticut

Binder – Nicaraguan

Filler – Nicaraguan

Price: Around $8.50 depending on location


Rating: 4.7 out of 5 pints