Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Casdagli Cigars Club Mareva Especial Corona Grande
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: nirab

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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 Waterloo sparkling water

Pre-Light: 7 Points of 10 Possible

The cigar is on the dry side, with 2 prominent veins that show up in both halves of the cigar. Presentation is very rustic, kinda bumpy, but looks really cool. The pigtail cap cut cleanly, and the cigar was packed firm to the touch. Aroma off the cigar was clean tobacco.

Lighting and Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

The burn was perfect, staying even for the entire smoke. The ash held solid, in 1/2" chunks, and never fell off on its own. The color was dark, with nice striping to it. No relights were required. Smoke volume was a solid medium.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

The draw was absolutely perfect, with the right amount of resistance and flow. The wrapper was well applied, and the cap stayed intact for the entire duration. This was one of the best draws I have experienced smoking a cigar.

Flavor and Aroma: 38 Points of 45 Possible

The cigar started out with a slight pepper twang, some light wood tones, and a really nice underlying sweetness. This carried over to the second third, with the wood notes ticking up a notch. The cigar finished pretty much the same as the middle third, but the sweetness pretty much faded out. The retrohale was excellent, very smooth and really brought out the flavors of the cigar. The aftertaste was on the dry side, and in the last third, I experienced a bit of tingle on my tongue.


Overall, I enjoyed this cigar, but I did find the wood notes a bit overpowering at times. As for performance, this cigar behaved just as a cigar should. Perfect burn and draw. The profile is not one that I prefer, but based on how the cigar behaved, I would smoke another one. Thank you Ryan for allowing me the opportunity to contribute to the GC!

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