06th Oct2012

Quickie: Marco V CAM

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Cameroon
Binder: La Canela DR
Filler:  La Canela DR
Shape: Fabuloso
Size: 54 x 6″
Strength: Medium
Production: Limited to Stogies on Grand
Price Range: MRSP $6.50

Stogies on Grand in St. Paul, Minnesota was the first retailer ever to carry Marco V Cigars. In honor of this an exclusive Marco V cigar was produced for Stogies on Grand, the Marco V CAM. An event to introduce the cigar was held on September 22  from 2 – 6 PM at Stogies on Grand which was attended by Marc Keiser the owner of Marco V Cigars who is pictured below holding a Marco V CAM in Stogies on Grand’s walk-in humidor. The Marco V CAM cigar is a medium bodied fabuloso with a Cameroon wrapper. The name presumably is derived from the word Cameroon as most of you have probably already realized. This double capped cigar’s wrapper has small to medium sized veins that are darker in color than the main lighter brown color of the wrapper. The wrapper also has irregularly shaped darker patchy areas throughout the surface of the cigar. The cigar itself is not incredibly symmetrical and is somewhat spongy. The overall look seems to me to be a kind of rustic look which complements the fall season well.

After cutting and lighting up the Marco V CAM and going into the first third a flavor profile of creamy woody spice, with subtle nut, rich tobacco, very mild black pepper and hazelnut was present. The second third contained a nice mild spice and sweetness with hazelnut and oak. Upon a retro-hale during the second third a warm mild woody spice presented itself. The final third contained caramelized sugar, toasted wood, and a lingering spice that complemented the wood flavor. There was a nice zing of spice though out the smoke of this cigar.

Overall this was a pleasant cigar. The ash was mostly darker to medium gray and was semi firm. The draw was smooth and combined with the bit of sponginess of the cigar made for a faster smoke than would be expected for this size of cigar. The burn was mostly even through the smoke. Overall this cigar was very enjoyable and complemented the fall season well and as always Marco V’s are great for the price point.

01st Oct2012

Quickie: Marco V Vito Dom Reserve

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Connecticut, USA
Binder: La Canela DR
Filler:  La Canela DR
Shape: Figerato diadema
Size: 48 X 6”
Strength: Medium
Price Range: MRSP $6-8

Are you are looking for a very tasty and high quality cigar, but don’t want to pay a ridiculous price for it?  The Marco V Dom Vito Reserve is a perfect choice.  Marco V has been producing high quality cigars for those looking for a premium smoke but don’t want to break the bank just to have one. This cigar has a light brown body that is lightly veined and slightly rough to the touch with some give.  The wrapper is not oily but does have a little sheen to it. The Marco V Dom Vito Reserve is decorated with a band that is black with a large combination gold M and V, in the middle in reference to the cigar brand, and Marco V written on the side. There is also a secondary band an inch lower with the name of the cigar, Vito Don Reserve, on black with gold trim. It is a simple yet elegant cigar.

The cigar is a very easy to light and has a wonderful taste right from the get go. The first third starts with a nice woody base, with a hint of pepper giving it a little bite while a trace of caramel adds a nice contradiction with its bittersweet taste.  As you enter the second third of the cigar you start with that woody taste along with a more pronounced bite from the pepper, along with that slight sweetness from the caramel with a hint of almonds.  Upon a retro-hale you get a very pronounced woody flavor and a more articulated hint of almonds and pepper. When entering into the final third you get much of the same flavors throughout with a more coherent hint of pepper along with a nice woody taste that has been consistent throughout.

The Marco V Dom Vito Reserve had a nice finish to it, in keeping the base woodiness and hints of pepper throughout the whole cigar.  The cigar had a semi-hard draw that took a medium amount of effort.  The Marco V Dom Vito Reserve had a firm ash that was light gray with splotches of darker grey-black throughout the length of the cigar.  It had a very even burn that was easy to maintain. The main draw back was the draw that was a slight step back as it takes some effort but, the Marco V Dom Vito Reserve was a nice cigar that was relatively cheap with an even burn and consistent flavors.

26th Oct2011

Marco V Havana Box Pressed Robusto

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Havana  2000 from Corojo Seeds

Filler: Blend of 4 Piloto Cubano Ligero and Corona Tobaccos from the Dominican Republic

Binder: Piloto Cubano

Shape: Box Pressed

Size: 5 x 50

Country: Dominican Republic

Strength: Medium-Full

Average Price: Around $6 Minnesota Price (we have high tax)

The Marco V Havana Box Pressed Robusto by Marc Kiser, owner of Marco V, is an excellent, even smoke if your looking to just kick back and relax with your friends. The one of the reasons we enjoy this cigar, is the man that makes them is from our home state of Minnesota and two, this cigar is an amazing smoke for a nice long walk or relaxing with some of your buds having something sweet or creamy to drink.

The construction is nice and clean with this stick having the Marco V logo really pop on the band. Very minimal veins, nice and light in referring the overall weight of the cigar, and the wrapper is cleanly put together. Decent give when pressing against the cigar but, snaps back immediately after releasing. The foot smells of sweet tobacco and as for the pre-draw it is very smooth and easy with the flavor of sweet tobacco mainly being there.

The initial light has a aroma of a rich oak and the flavors noticed are a pungent pepper, rich oak, and a spicy nut. The first third keeps a consistent profile of a really defined oak flavor along with a nut tone that’s decently spicy. The draw is very lite and smooth with the burn being jagged, the ash a grey/white mix that is loose and semi-flaky. The ash being loose makes sense due to the light nature of the draw.

Going through the second third the spice begins to kick up more then before making the nut flavor nice and warming on the palate. A oak/earth mix is also still present along side too but, it remains in the background noticeable on the end of each draw. At this point or technically in general for this cigar I suggest taking it slow to enjoy the overall flavors, if you go too fast the cigar will heat up and become harsh with this one. Like I said in the beginning this is a stick that’s meant to be enjoyed on a long walk or just chilling with your friends. The burn at this point has evened out and now is going steady. As for the smoke, each draw produces quite a bit and when it is resting not that much is produced. Once again you really notice the nutty, warm spice at this point which is most likely due to the Corojo wrapper.

The last third is the same flavor profile as before with the spice tingling the tongue and the only other thing I picked up at this point was a very lite underlying licorice tone that was quite pleasant after the spice. The finish was a warm woody nut with a pepper spice that followed.

Overall this is a great everyday bargain smoke that I would have if I just needed to sit down and take a load off for a decent amount of time. If your interested and want to know anything more about Marco V cigars check out their site: http://www.marcovcigars.com/Home_Page.html

31st Jul2011

Marco V

by GoodFellasCigars