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.

13th Oct2011

Report on the Debut Event of the Marco V Lounge and Havana Box Pressed Robusto

by GoodFellasCigars

I arrived early to the event and smoked a cigar with my father in a cozy private poker room. Just before 7 o’clock Matt Manson of Manson Photography joined us, camera and equipment in hand. By 7 o’clock Marc, and his team had set up for the public event and started to hand out Marco V Havana Box Pressed Robustos to event participants. Everyone seemed to promptly light up their complimentary cigars and enjoy them quite thoroughly. Matt especially was enjoying his cigar and told Marc so.

My impressions of the Havana Box Pressed Robusto are that it is a smooth nutty cigar with a great draw. A full review will being coming as one sentence is definitely not a review and being that this was a social event I was not about to write notes down on all the nuances of this very enjoyable cigar.

Soon though I found I needed as did others more cigars. My father bought myself and Matt a cigar which was very kind of him, and with a cigar in hand we proceeded to walk around and meet other people attending the event. There must have been more than one hundred people present all there to experience Marco V’s first national cigar lounge and smoke the Marco V Havana Box Press Robusto.

These people to me were a snap shot of what the cigar world is all about. It is not about class warfare, saying look at how many cigars I have or don’t have. Instead the culture that surrounds the ritual of smoking a fine cigar is all about coming together. People of all walks of life are seemingly summoned to join that community and enjoy each other’s company. Marc Keiser the man behind Marco V while enjoy being Kaiser for the day said to me quite the same thing, stating that cigar smoking is not about the high or the nicotine buzz but the people. I say that just by knowing that, Marc will continue to have many successes with his business.

To further speak of success, this launch party really got going when 9 o’clock came around. At this point the private event began after everyone donated $2 toward Minnesota Special Hockey. Pop (or soda for you non-Minnesotans), and the Marco V Dom Café which was blended and created to complement the flavor profile of the Marco V Dom Cigar was already available. An addition to this, unique to the private event, everyone gravitated toward a buffet style set up which became available and included a cheese plate, eggrolls, meatballs, Newcastle Brown Ale and, other tasty treats plus a wine tasting of Marco V’s The Vintage, the first ever blend of Cigar Wine crafted to compliment the flavor profile of the Platinum Grand Reserve V. Gigante Maduro, was set up in the walk in humidor. It is safe to say that the wine was popular as several bottles were quickly drained. As people got their fill of food and beverages the main stay of cigar events, the drawing, began.

Earlier when folks were given their complimentary Marco V Havana Robusto cigar, a card with a description of the line of Marco V cigars along with two tickets each with the same number, mine being 451812, were used for a drawing after putting one’s name and phone number on the one being put into the drawing.

Several prizes were up for grabs including free Marco V cigars, and Marco V branded T-shirts among others. Many people won the prizes including Matt Manson who won four cigars. As you can imagine he was pleasantly surprised. Well, that is actually an understatement, who doesn’t want free cigars?

After the drawing, Marc told everyone to continue to enjoy themselves and so the party continued. I though needed more of those Havanas and not just for review before I departed.

Marc set up a great event at a great location, Golden Leaf in St. Paul, just down the street from the Excel Energy Center. I look forward to further Marco V events here and simply just smoking a Marco V cigar at their very own Cigar lounge.

The review on the Marco V Havana Box Pressed Robusto released at this event –> http://goodfellascigars.com/marco-v-havana-box-pressed-robusto/

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Marco V Box Pressed Havana robusto - raffle ticket and info card
Marco V Box Pressed Havana robusto - raffle ticket and info card
Marco V Box Pressed Havana - raffle ticket
Marco V Box Pressed Havana - raffle ticket
Marc Kiser - walk-in humidor
Marc Kiser - walk-in humidor
outside golden leaf at the Marco V launch event
outside golden leaf at the Marco V launch event
Marco V the Vintage 2007
Marco V the Vintage 2007
Marco V launch event gathering
Marco V launch event gathering
Marco V Box Pressed Havana robusto in hand
Marco V Box Pressed Havana robusto in hand
Marco V Box Pressed Havana Robusto in ashtray
Marco V Box Pressed Havana Robusto in ashtray

07th Feb2011

Marco V Platinum Label Grand Reserve

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Rare Arapiraca, Brazilian Maduro

Binder: De Olor, Dominican

Filler: Piloto Cubano from the Cibao Valley, Dominican Republic and Esteli, Nicaraguan Ligero

Size: 60 x 5″ V. Gigante

Country: Dominican Republic

Factory: Contracted by a tiny factory in the Dominican Republic

If you like the large NUB cigars then then you will be a fan of this monster.  With a ring gauge of 60 (1 in in diameter) it could be a lot to handle unlike the NUB cigars which do have large ring gauges but have a relatively small length.  But, if you are up to the task of handling a cigar size usually seen in the movies you must give the Marco V Platinum Label Grand Reserve a try. A definite plus with a cigar of this size is that it burns relatively cool and produces a copious amount of white smoke. The flavors of this medium bodied cigar compose of hints of coffee, a well-rounded sweet tobacco, and what may be very light cherry taste through the first half of the cigar. Making the transition to the second half, the flavors switched to add spice notes.  Overall this cigar is predominantly sweet containing a pleasing blend flavors that does not disappoint.