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Cigar Review | Bespoke Club Mareva: Grand Mareva

The Grand Mareva was launched by Bespoke cigars at the opening of the International Private Member cigar club in Split, Croatia. Club Mareva adopted this cigar as its “House Cigar” and the emblem on the band is the club’s logo.

I have been really diving into the Bespoke line in recent weeks and I’m quite impressed by some of their blends. Anytime the name Kelner is involved with a cigar, you have to at least be curious. With that being said, I was enthusiastic and ready to begin this journey thru the Bespoke halls of tobacco!

This particular cigar was blended by Hendrik Kelner Jr. of the world renown Kelner family of Master blenders at the KBF factory in the Dominican Republic.

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap.
  • Wrapper – Brazillian
  • Binder – Dominican
  • Filler – Aged Nicaraguan, Dominican & USA
  • Size – 5,6″ x 42

Pre Light

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap

The Gran Mareva has the color of a damp wet paper bag and a curled pigtail cap. It is rustic looking with a slight sheen, some pronounced veins and a closed foot. There are aromas of soil, nuts and a mild Dominican funk coming off the wrapper. I twisted off the curly pigtail, leaving a tiny raw opening. However, the draw was wide open, even with the closed foot still intact. On that note, the cold draw gave me hay, musk and a mild sage. Also, I had that crystal crunch in my mouth that you get from certain cigars. Almost as if there were sugar crystals up in the club. LOL!

First Third|Up In The Club

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap

Once I convince myself that this isn’t a Drake OVO cigar, I spark this little bad boy up. Initial flavors are toasty and dark as the closed foot burns away. It’s almost a charred thing going on. Soon after, it opens up and blossoms into floral cuts with a thumping bass consisting of some powerful cinnamon, cardamom and cracked peppercorn. The club is lit! The retro tastes like cream and rose petals sandwiched between 2 honey teddy graham crackers. There’s also a brief cameo appearance of a metallic nuttiness on the track. I think this song is called, “Wow Complex!”

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap

Second Third|Up In Here, Up In Here!!!

The savory flavors of Sage, Cardamom, salted Nuts and a floral backdrop are dominating the sweet tones. However, the DJ is slowly mixing in a raisin melody, making an even more complex mix. All this partying is stirring up room notes of sweet, creamy baking spice. Who brought monkey bread up in the club!? Towards the end of this track the raisin beat started morphing into a black cherry with cedar moving to the forefront.

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap

Final Third|Slow it Down

As the mood in the spot dies down and the music slows up a bit, the flavors are straight forward and to the point. There’s Honey, Charred Cedar and Dried Fruit bringing the party to a close. While the Slow Jams are playing, the texture of the smoke is smooth and you can still get subtle hints of that baking spice thru the nose. The charred wood is actually tolerable as far as taste but it leaves a bitter finish on the tongue. As a result, the lights came on and the bouncers yelled, “It’s time to go!!!”

The color of a brown paper bag with a beautiful black and gold band adorned with the Club Mareva Owl and a curly pigtail cap

All I can say at this point is that if you have not experienced any of Bespoke’s Cigars, do yourself a favor and check them out. The only gripe I have with Bespoke is that the price point on a lot of their sticks is out of my usual range. At the same time, I’m a hypocrite! Because as a cigar adventurer, if I feel the urge to try something, Im going for it regardless of price. The problem arises when I actually like the cigar. I can’t be paying that price too often Family! LOL. Again, I thank you guys for taking the time to experience this ride with me.

CHEERS & SALUTE. Until next time. – Oasis

Cigar Review | FQ Phenom No. 3 Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the FQ (Fernandez Quiroga) Phenom No. 3 in the Robusto size. This 5×50 cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper on top of a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua. It holds a modest retail price of $7.

FQ Phenom No. 3

On the cold draw, I pick up damp earth. The wrapper produces a spicy chocolate aroma, while I smell raisin out of the foot. Once lit, there is some saltiness with black pepper, leather, and cocoa. Through the nose, I get full-bodied chocolate and black pepper. The finish gives me more black pepper with leather.

FQ Phenom No. 3

Twenty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find black pepper with spicy floral notes. Through the nose, red pepper blends with leather. The finish offers me a delicious, sweet plum alongside some spicy cocoa. Strength and body settle in at a hefty full with a lot of pepper in the throat.

FQ Phenom No. 3

The second third ends around fifty minutes. The smoke exudes salty oak and more floral notes on the draw. On the retro-hale, there is a delicious blend of toast, cinnamon, and leather. The finish sees the same plum and cocoa notes. Strength and body drop down to medium-to-full.

FQ Phenom No. 3

The final third closes out at one hour and fifteen minutes. The same flavors come through on the draw with the addition of some cocoa. Through the nose, there are cinnamon and floral notes. On the finish, black pepper and leather compliment fruity cocoa. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

FQ Phenom No. 3

The FQ Phenom No. 3 is a delightful cigar. The flavors it offers work perfectly together to deliver a refined and complex experience. Construction is great, and I simply couldn’t get enough. My only complaint is that it didn’t last longer! For $7, this cigar is an unbeatable deal – a must try that I highly recommend.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | RoMa Craft Neanderthal

Power: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexican (San Andrés)
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, & Pennsylvania

There are many different weapons of choice when it comes to cigar brands, whether it is an enticing band or package, a rich history and origin, a gimmick such as a cereal box prize, or even an unusual size or shape. When it comes to the RoMa Craft Neanderthal, the secret ingredient is quality. I would call this full bodied menace the ultimate dark horse of the cigar world. The first time I picked up the Neanderthal was coincidentally the first time I met Michael Rosales. The date was June 12, 2017 and Michael had come to visit Brookelynn Cigars while he was in the area. When I greeted him, he immediately took an interest in my pallet. Me being a fan of full bodied cigars, he led me to a corner of the humidor I rarely visited and handed me the Neanderthal. With little knowledge of the brand or company, I have to say, I didn’t have high hopes. A plain wooden box etched with a crude etching of what looked to be a caveman held a simply banded cigar.

Despite my doubts, I lit for the very first time what would end up being one of my favorite cigars to date. The first thing I noticed was the very flat bottom of the cigar that I was nervous of cutting for fear it may unravel. Using an XO cutter, I quickly snipped a sliver of the cigar with the uneasy feeling I may have ruined the thing in front of the man who distributed it. To my surprise the wrapper held firm and didn’t flake whatsoever. Upon lighting the cigar, I noticed how effortless it was to get a nice even burn. With a little roasting and one rotation with the torch, I felt a bellowing of smoke enter my mouth. This cigar had all of the flavor and strength I had been craving from a full bodied cigar.

For this review, I am revisiting this titan in an attempt at viewing it without cigar shock. With a few under my belt, I am now able to impartially review the full span of the stick.

First Third

At my first light, I am once again greeted with an amazingly even burn and a bellow of thick creamy smoke. The nutty taste masks the strength of the cigar with a sweet light taste on the pallet. The flavor has yet to coat my tongue with a strong after taste almost tickling my tongue with its flavor. As far as the flavor profile goes, it seems very dynamic. It is certainly a cigar that grabs your attention. Unlike many cigars of the same strength, it seems to alternate between its own flavor profile. It’s almost as if there are small bits of flavor hidden throughout the cigar that arrive at different points overlapping as it burns. This may be due to the mixture of Dominican and Nicaraguan filler. With a very modest wrapper and binder, the flavors of the filler are really able to shine.

Second Third

By this time, the flavor has really leveled and blended together well. The taste is now resonating evenly across my pallet with a very subtle tone of earthy nuttiness. The wrap has kept its shape and has required very little touch up in terms of the burn. The draw is still very strong with no resistance to the pull at all. The cigar itself seems very well crafted with no aesthetic problems that really help to enjoy the full experience. I am now starting to feel the beginnings of the buzz. It seemed to almost come out of nowhere. Overall, this third is very consistent with its flavor and burn – a very relaxing smoke thus far.

Final Third

The peppery signals are just now starting to break through to the surface. As with most cigars, the flavor is now much more intense. With the last third, it almost feels like a sprinter giving his all in the last portion of the race. The Neanderthal is now reminding me that it is truly a full bodied smoke. The same floral and nutty flavor is now being spear headed with a very light peppery bite. The buzz is now completely present without any sort of cigar burps or queasiness. I am absolutely amazed with the cigar’s overall construction with very minimal flaking even at the last inch and beyond. With a consistent draw all the way through the stick, it is difficult to be disappointed with the performance of the construction itself. I have found myself smoking this one down to the wire. The only negative experience from the last third would be the burn of the ember on my lips.

Overall Thoughts

If I could rename this cigar, it would be “The Creature of Habit.” With the overall consistence of the smoke itself, I could see this being a cigar full-bodied fans return to time and time again. The only criticism I have is the band is far too tight and difficult to remove. If you are a fan of minimal pepper in a strong cigar this is definitely a must smoke. If you are looking for an incredibly flashy cigar this one may fall a little short, but someone who seeks consistency and quality will be met with a pleasant surprise.

Jeff’s Suggestions

Time of day: If you are a veteran smoker who can handle a buzz I would suggest smoking this around mid-day. A very light flavor really compliments a nice sunny day.

Alcohol Pairing: As far as liquor goes, I would suggest a nice scotch whiskey.

A cigar to share: This may not be the best cigar to share with your inexperienced friends. This is a full bodied cigar and may flatten a first time cigar smoker. However, as far as a cigar to pass around at a poker game with your veteran friends, this is definitely a crowd pleaser.

Score
9/10

-Jeff Spaghetti

Cigar Review | Warped Corto X50

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Warped Corto X50. This 4.5×50 box-pressed cigar is a Nicaraguan puro with a beautiful, oily wrapper and an elegant label. As expected from Warped, it’s another classy-looking cigar.

Warped Corto

On the cold draw, I pick up spicy raisin. The wrapper produces a coffee and vanilla aroma while I smell cedar out of the foot. Once lit, I get creamy cedar, hazelnut, and black pepper spice. Through the nose, sweet toast and cinnamon mix with graham cracker. On the finish, black and red pepper blend with leather and a hint of molasses.

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up buttery toast with cedar and black pepper. Through the nose, floral earth melts with sweet cocoa. The finish gives me cinnamon and leather alongside orange zest. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Warped Corto

The second third gets me to fifty minutes. I find more buttery toast on the draw complimented by fruity earth and cedar. Floral notes dominate the retro-hale. On the finish, molasses makes an appearance with salty leather and black pepper. There is no change to strength or body.

Warped Corto

An hour and twenty minutes in, the final third dwindles away. On the draw, meaty earth blends with more cedar and black pepper. Floral notes continue to dominate the retro-hale with a noticeable citrus undertone. The finish bombs me with black pepper on top of leather and dark cocoa. Strength and body finish out at the full mark.

Warped Corto

The Warped Corto is a delicious cigar that I could smoke any day of the week. It offers a great deal of complexity with flavors that pop. Construction is absolutely perfect, and the size of the X50 just works. This is a box worthy cigar that I highly recommend.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | FullNine La Muñequita

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a brand new cigar from a brand new company. The FullNine La Muñequita in the Corona size is a 5.5×46 cigar coming out of the Kelner Boutique Factory in the Dominican Republic and is the first cigar made by FullNine Cigars. It features a gorgeous Cubra wrapper from Brazil on top of an H-192 Dominican-Habano hybrid binder and fillers from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Peru. It looks to be expertly rolled.

FullNine La Muñequita

The wrapper gives off a slight barnyard and sweet tobacco aroma, while there is raisin and earth coming out of the foot. The cold draw produces a bomb of dry raisin flavor. Once lit, I find black pepper and cinnamon on the draw alongside some leather. Through the nose, there is smooth earth with more leather. The finish gives me sweet coffee and black pepper spice.

After thirty minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, I find a lot of toast with some sweet earth and cinnamon. Through the nose, there are a variety of floral notes with hay and black pepper spice. The finish gives me a nice mix of plum and raisin flavor complimented by leather and coffee. Strength and body both settle at the medium mark.

FullNine La Muñequita

The second third gets me to one hour. There is more toast and sweet earth on the draw with the addition of some creamy wheat flavor. On the retro-hale, I pick up more floral notes mixed with grassy leather and almond. The finish is long with black licorice paired with more plum and raisin as well as a very perfume-like floral note. The strength and body jump up slightly to the medium-to-full mark.

FullNine La Muñequita

An hour and a half in, the final third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up spicy cedar with the return of cinnamon from the first third and a leather note. Through the nose, I find very nutty wood alongside black pepper spice and a very distinct flavor of Corn Flakes. The finish is delightful with a combination of toast, vanilla, and hints of dried fruit. Strength and body do not change, finishing at a steady medium-to-full.

FullNine La Muñequita

La Muñequita is hands down one of the best cigars I’ve smoked this year. It’s refreshing to see a new company enter the market so boldly with such a fine product. This stick has a ton of complexity, and the flavors just work. The best way I can describe this cigar is being a clash between the traditional flavors of Cuban and Dominican tobacco. At $9 a pop, the price isn’t too shabby, either, especially considering how long this thing burns for its size. This is definitely a box-worthy blend, and I highly recommend it. Look for this one to be competing for my top ten list of the year.

I would like to give a big thank you to Bill Daly, owner of FullNine Cigars, for submitting this for review. I greatly appreciate it! Be sure to follow iROBUSTO for my future review of the FullNine La Muñequita in the Toro size. It features a different binder than the Corona size, and I can’t wait to try it out and see how it compares.

FullNine La Muñequita

As this is a brand new company, these cigars are currently only available at the following retailers as of October 31, 2015. The blend comes in Corona, Toro, Short Robusto, and Double Corona in boxes of twenty.
-Smokey Joes Cigar Lounge (Fife, WA)
-Stogies Cigar Lounge (Fife, WA)
-Union Cigar Society (Seattle, WA)
-Rain City Cigars (Seattle, WA)
-Westland Distillery (Seattle, WA)
-The Lit Lounge (Snoqualmie, WA)
-Everett Cigar & Tobacco (Everett, WA)
-Tinder Box (Tacoma, WA)

As always, smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | 262 Allegiance

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the 262 Allegiance in the Lancero size. This 7×38 stick features a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper covering a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras. This is a new size for the Allegiance blend, and it fits in with the owner’s push for the Lancero.

262 Allegiance

The wrapper gives off a potent wood and barnyard aroma, and there is a chocolaty earth aroma coming out of the foot. The cold draw gives me a grassy tobacco flavor. Once lit, there is some hay, graham cracker, and cedar on the draw. Through the nose, there is black pepper spice and leather. The finish gives me a leathery pepper zing.

262 Allegiance

Thirty-five minutes in, the first third comes to an end. On the draw, I pick up spicy wood with a mix of wheat and leather on top of a grassy note. The retro-hale gives me graham cracker with sweet vanilla and some black pepper. On the finish, I find some smoky leather with dry cocoa and a very floral dried fruit note. Strength settles in at the mild-to-medium mark, while the body is a steady medium.

The second third ends at one hour and ten minutes. This third has had a tough time staying lit. There is an oat and wheat combo on the draw with mild cedar and earth. Through the nose, I pick up spicy coffee with a floral perfume note. On the finish, there is black pepper and salty wood. Body and strength are now both at the medium mark.

262 Allegiance

After two hours, the final third comes to a close. The burn slows down quite a bit in this last third. The draw treats me to a caramel note with some wood and fruity spice. Through the nose, there is bold leather with more of that floral perfume note and some spice. On the finish, I find nutty pepper alongside earthy wood and some leather. Strength and body finish out at the medium mark.

262 Allegiance

Overall, I enjoyed the unique flavor of the Allegiance that I attribute to the Mata Fina wrapper. Aside from some burn issues in the second third, it performed well with good complexity and balance. I love the promotion of Lanceros from 262 as it seems the trend these days is to keep pushing for jawbreakers. This blend would go great with a cup of coffee, and I recommend giving it a try.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Alec Bradley Prensado

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I take a look at the famed Alec Bradley Prensado in the Robusto size. This 5×50 box-pressed cigar looks like a million bucks with its classy label and gorgeous, dark Corojo wrapper out of the Trojes region in Honduras. Inside is a Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua. The Churchill size of this blend was named Cigar of the Year by Cigar Aficionado in 2011.

Alec Bradley Prensado

The wrapper gives off a barnyard and tobacco aroma with a floral smell coming out of the foot. The cold draw gives me a spicy and musty floral note. Once lit up, the cigar opens with rich chocolate and leather on top of some floral flavors. There is a slight spice and dark chocolate on the finish.

After thirty five minutes, this slower burner closes out the first third. On the draw, there is a rich leather note with some spicy chocolate and a floral earth. The retro-hale produces a delicious cocoa and black pepper mix. The finish is long with a salty tree bark flavor alongside floral coffee and sweet cocoa. Strength and body are both at the full mark.

Alec Bradley Prensado

One hour in, the second third comes to a close. The draw gives me spicy leather with some floral oak flavor and a hint of espresso. Through the nose, there is a blast of red pepper and leather. On the finish, I pick up grassy cocoa contrasting a smoky wood and leather combo. There is no change to strength or body.

Alec Bradley Prensado

The final third gets me to an hour and a half. On the draw, my palate is now blasted with cinnamon on top of more floral earth and dark coffee. The retro-hale gives me a caramel and leather mix backed up by some black pepper. The finish is both sweet and spicy with a tasty chocolate and vanilla note alongside bold leather. Strength and body finish out at the full mark.

Alec Bradley Prensado

Overall, this cigar blew me away. I had smoked a few of these previously and not been very impressed, but with a year of age, this blend opens up to a wonderful, complex smoke. The Robusto lasted much longer than expected, and I loved every puff. As long as you intend to age them, the Prensado is definitely a box-worthy stick. I can’t wait to see how this blend develops after even further aging. Consider me a believer!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)