Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo
Vitola: 6 x 49
Purchase Link: Casdagli Mareva Spalato 2.0
CASDAGLI MAREVA SPALATO 2.0 REVIEW – CALIFORNIA
Summary: By the looks of it, the shape hints at either Oveja Negra or Casdagli. Nutty cream and orange citrus open up this puppy. A little over an inch in and I'm tasting meatiness akin to bacon (sans the greasy mouthfeel). Razor sharp burn.
Halfway through and the predominant flavors have shifted to a faint berry sweetness and coffee. (Did anyone try that Cascara coffee at Starbucks a while back?) As this cigar tapers down, the cream and sweetness ramp up big time, leveling up from good to great. Peanuts at the close.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Post-breakfast smokes.
Pairing Suggestion: Coffee.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box.
CASDAGLI MAREVA SPALATO 2.0 REVIEW – WISCONSIN
Summary: This cigar brought flavors of black tea, light pepper, cream, oak, cedar, almond, and toast. Around the halfway mark, cocoa joined the mix and changed things up quite a bit.
The burn and draw were both quite good. High marks for construction and quality.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: An afternoon snack.
Pairing Suggestion: Stout.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Fiver.
CASDAGLI MAREVA SPALATO 2.0 REVIEW – OREGON
Summary: Chocolate covered raisins on the cold draw...nice. It has a very open draw as well. Let’s see how it burns.
Starting with some leather, caramel and mild wood. There’s a lingering finish of cereal grain and a short burst of some spiciness. It dissipates quickly. Maybe the retro hale will hold a clue. White pepper. The retro hale smoke is smooth but still carries a sharp note that seems citrusy. As a cruise further through the first part of this cigar the caramel, leather and wood notes are combining nicely to create a great tasting profile. I’m staring at the 2” long ash off the end of the cigar. Great construction.
Further in, some fresh cut grass, wood, a touch of spiciness on the tongue and still hanging in there with an occasional hit of that caramel offering an almost sweet respite.
Finishing off with smooth wood notes, a larger dose of white pepper, nice caramel sweetness and beautifully silky smoke. My only complaint? Not too many transitions at all. But, fantastic flavors.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: The beat-up driver in your golf bag that always hits ‘em straight.
Pairing Suggestion: Martini.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: 5-pack.
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