Cigar Ratings & Reviews

My Weekend Cigar: Mar. 19, 2018 – Archetype Axis Mundi Toro

Reading Time: 3 minutes

MY WEEKEND CIGAR: Archetype Axis Mundi Cigar Review

By Gary Korb

 

Heaven Meets Earth in This Stellar Cigar

Axis Mundi is the point where Heaven meets Earth, but it also represents the repeating characters, symbols or archetypes said to recur in people’s dreams, or similar objects/symbols that appear in the myths of various cultures. Sounds like something you’d hear on George Noory’s “Coast to Coast AM” radio show. But we’re talkin’ tobacco here, so let’s come down to earth and I’ll tell you why this cigar lived-up to its #13 ranking for the Top 25 Cigars of 2017…I smoked it on a Sunday afternoon in the Famous Smoke Shop retail store.

ARCHETYPE AXIS MUNDI TORO

archetype axis mundi cigar review gk
The Archetype Axis Mundi Toro is about as complex as a cigar gets, and smokes for a good two hours of heavenly pleasure. G-~

Country of Origin: Nicaragua  (Made at La Gran Fabrica de Drew Estate for Ventura Cigar)
Size: 6″ x 52
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Maduro
Filler: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Indonesian Sumatra

My Experience: This wasn’t my first Ventura cigar (I posted a review of the Archetype Strange Passage in 2016) – but it was my first Archetype Axis Mundi, and I admit that one of the reasons I chose it was for its Top 25 rating. (It’s that curiosity thing.) For my 6″ x 52 Toro, the Ecuador Habano wrapper had an even Colorado brown hue top-to-bottom with an appealing oiliness (the reddish hue in the picture doesn’t do it justice), the cap cut perfectly, and the draw was effortless. Moving on, the first few puffs were peppery, but soon rounded-out to notes of earthy spice, oak, and raisin. That’s pretty complex for just about the first inch, but more was yet to come.

As it wound its way into the second act I began to feel the full-bodied nature of this blend yet, it was also smooth and balanced as more flavors began strutting their way in. Some pepper returned but brought with it additional notes of vanilla caramel, cashew, some cocoa and a smattering of coffee bean.

The third act is where the full-body of this cigar really hit me…I was also getting hit with a lot of flavors: more oak (though a little more charry this time), spice, cocoa, a tangy note of raisin, coffee bean, and even a little sweetness would peek in here and there.

Suffice it to say . . . if you’re going to smoke the Archetype Axis Mundi Toro, you may want to have a couple of years’ experience on you. And be prepared for at least a 2-hour session because you really want to take your time with this one. It’s about as complex as a cigar gets, and offers lots of heavenly pleasure. Of course, different palates are going to taste different things, but there’s enough for everybody as it runs the gamut of spice, wood, earth, coffee, cocoa, nuts, raisin, and more. The price is decidedly upmarket – but if you get everything out of yours as I did from mine, you’ll find it well worth the investment.

buy archetype axis mundi cigar review

If you’ve had an experience with this cigar, please share it by leaving a comment.

1 Comment
Oldest
Newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Greko Roman
4 years ago

great smoke!

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles
cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review muestra de saka the bewitched - cover

#NowSmoking: Muestra de Saka The Bewitched

Reading Time: 4 minutes One of the more anticipated releases in the PCU (the Premium Cigar Universe) are the Muestra de Saka cigars from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. Here Gary reviews ‘The Bewitched.’ So, did it captivate his palate? Check it out now and find out.

Read More
cigar advisor #nowsmoking review video of asylum nine 11/18 - cover

#NowSmoking: Asylum Nine 11/18

Reading Time: 4 minutes Asylum Cigars may be popular for their big ring smokes, but they also do some slender sizes. Made in limited edition for the company’s ninth anniversary, Gary gives his take on the Asylum 9 11/18, a classic figurado rolled entirely with vintage Honduran tobaccos. 

Read More
cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review romeo y julieta eternal cover

NowSmoking: Romeo y Julieta Eternal

Reading Time: 4 minutes Rafael Nodal does it again, this time with Nestor Plasencia for the Romeo y Julieta Eternal, a one size limited edition cigar that applauds the brand’s 145-year “passion for cigars.” See what Gary thought of this blend crafted with the most fully-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos from Plasencia’s private reserves.

Read More
Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust DT&T cigar review guide Cigar Advisor Cover

2020 CA Report: The Essential Cigar Advisor Guide to Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Cigars

Reading Time: 14 minutes The most verified Sakasquatch sightings are recorded in our DT&T Essential Buying Guide! We cover nine of the company’s finest marcas, including 2 available only at Famous Smoke. Learn more about these top-rated cigars inside!

Read More