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Casdagli Cigars Club Mareva Especial Corona Grande
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Neal (ntanner)

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Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique generously sponsored by our member Adwinistrator (Ryan).  This was done as a blind review so there were no pre-concieved notions about what anyone was smoking.  The cigar provided for this round is the">Casdagli Cigars Club Mareva Especial Corona Grande.

In 2014 to celebrate the partnership with Cigar Club Mareva, home of the Cigar Smoking World Championship (CSWC), Casdagli Cigars launched the Club Mareva Line. Based in a 1500s Venetian building in the heart of the historic city of Split, Croatia, the Cigar Club Mareva is the labor of love of its founder Marko Bilic who designed the interior and hosts cigar smokers there from around the world. Mareva Especial was launched to celebrate the 2016 Cigar Smoking World Championship (CSWC) finals held at Cigar Club Mareva. All the leaves have been sourced by Hendrik Kelner Jr and aged between 3 to 5 years in the Kelner Boutique Factory (KBF) prior to blending and rolling. The chosen blend was selected by the Founder and President of Cigar Club Mareva Marko Bilic on his visit to the Dominican Republic in January 2016.

Casdagli Cigars Club Mareva Especial Corona Grande

Casdagli Cigars
Club Mareva Especial Corona Grande
Ring Gauge:
Country of Origin:
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Colorado Maduro
Corona Grande
Average Member Rating:
4 star rating based on 1 Review(s) (1 Review(s))
This cigar was enjoyed with Coffee

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

Nice oily sheen to the wrapper which has some large vein lines. The seem lines are visible but tight. The pigtail cap is well applied and the cannon is solid from head to foot. It takes a cut well and the draw has just enough resistance.  Pre-light flavor is a mild tobacco as is the aroma at the foot.  No real aromatics from the wrapper.

Lighting and Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

It took to the flame well enough and burn was slow and steady with a not perfect but pretty good burn line that never needed correction.  The ash is a light grey with some black flecks and solid, holding well past an inch. The smoke production was definitely above average and the cigar despite a lot of interruptions it never went out and when I finished I smoked it to the nub but even then it burned cool and never presented tar or harsh flavors. Over all burn was topnotch.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The draw was perfect in my opinion with just the right amount of resistance and and smoke production was definitely above average. The wrapper had a beautiful oily sheen and some fairly large vein lines leading me to conclude it was pretty mature at harvest and had been grown in a nice sunny environment so it should be full of flavor. The cap is well done and a good example of how a pigtail cap looks. The foot is what is known as a rounded foot so it wasn't completely closed but merely folded in about halfway to the center. At first I thought it was a poorly done closed foot but I did some research and found that perhaps I was mistaken or I have no idea what I am smoking and that's very likely since it's a blind review. All that said I really didn't find anything to deduct points for other then big vein lines and visible seems.

Flavor and Aroma: 36 Points of 45 Possible

It opens with a slight spice in the retro with a woody note and some toasted malt providing just a hint of sweetness. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of a coffee nature and medium in duration. Overall a mild but enjoyable start.

The second third is marked by an increase in sweetness. The wood is still the base flavor and the toasted malt morphed into an almond flavor and the spice in the retro has faded to almost none. The aftertaste is sweet and still medium in duration. Strength is borderline medium and balance is good.

The sweet fades going into the last third and a espresso joins the mix taking the lead from the wood which is still present but not as forward as in previous thirds. Spice has picked up and though it is stronger than it has been at any other point it is still only a medium in strength. I am getting some light hints of leather in the nose. The flavor profile has come together nice in this last third providing a nice caramelization of the flavors.


This was a nice smoke. A little on the milder side but with a good set of flavors and a nice slow burn. Not overly complex but smooth and well balanced. Something worth having in the humidor for sure. Light enough for the morning coffee but able to stand with a nice scotch too. Looking forward to finding out what it is.

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