Just in time for Christmas, Ventura Cigar Company has released the latest addition to the company’s Case Study collection, a limited edition cigar dubbed Case Study CS/13.
Case Study was first launched at IPCPR 2016, kicking off an ambitious collection intended to (eventually) span a whopping 26 cigars. The concept was made to mirror a series of 26 homes commissioned by Arts & Architecture magazine from 1945 to 1966, featuring notable talents such as Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, and Eero Saarinen. Likewise, 26 cigars will be featured in Ventura’s Case Study, which are crafted by a range of master blenders throughout the industry.
Case Study CS/13 has been rolled at Drew Estate’s factory in Estelí, the same location used on other recent Ventura projects such as the Archetype Initation and Axis Mundi. When Case Study was first revealed, Ventura noted that there would be two release styles (made by a total of five factories), with regular-production cigars displaying a white band and limited edition cigars showing a black band. Case Study CS/13 is of the latter variety, with 200 boxes of 20 cigars rolled in a 5″ x 50 robusto format.
The cigars are billed as full-bodied, using a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Indonesian binder, and multinational filler recipe. CS/13 marks one of the most expensive Ventura releases to date, priced at $16.50/cigar (MSRP).
Although Case Study was announced at IPCPR 2016, the cigars weren’t shipped until after IPCPR 2017. As of this writing, only six Case Study cigars have been released, with three being regular production (CS/01–03) and three being limited edition (CS/04, 05, and 13). A full breakdown of the series can be seen at Ventura’s website.