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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Marco V M. Vito Select Lancero XV Brazilian Seville
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: quickme (quickme)
85
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member millarddj (Daniel).  It was done as a blind critique.  Everyone who participated received the cigars without bands or any knowledge of what it was they were reviewing.  The cigar provided for this round was actually the Marco V M. Vito Select Lancero XV Brazilian Seville.

Marco V Co. is a vertically integrated cigar company, meaning they control everything from the planting of the seeds of the tobacco, to the blending of the cigars, to the final distribution.  Their farms are located in La Canela and Jalapa.  The Seville is a Lancero is wrapped in an Arapiracan Maduro leaf.  The aroma is earthy and transitions to a smooth, refined and smokey character.


Length:
6.5
Ring Gauge:
38
Country Manufactured:
Dominican Republic
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Nicaragua
Binder:
Dominican Republic
Wrapper:
Brazil
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium
Shape:
Panatela

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

The stick measured 6.5" with a nice pigtail.   It had a 2 prominent veins running up and down the length of the cigar.   No soft spots but it did have some excess glue around the head of the stick.  Stick was V-cut nd the pre draw had notes of earth and  sweetness.  I dry boxed the stick for 2 days prior to lighting

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

toasted the foot and it lite extremely well.  Never had to touch up at any point.   Ash was a dark grey with the tiny bumps that the cigar oils make.  Razor sharp and never any waves throughout.   Lots of smoke and something I have never seen before a brown tinge to the smoke.   This is not a cigar you would not smoke in your car with the windows a crack.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

excellent draw.  No snugness and the cigar was filled perfectly, not too overfilled or underfilled.    Wrapper was dark and a couple veins.  A nice pigtail but a little messy with the cigar glue.   Overall a very appealing stick

Flavor: 26 Points of 35 Possible

1/3  back of tongue spice.  black pepper and showed some slight harshness/bitterness with subtle notes of leather.   Not off to a great start but I find the first 3rd in many sticks underwhelming.  
2/3  Stick has smoothed out to a medium strengh.  The hints of sweet tobacco is coming out but I'm not getting any dark chocolate or espresso bean that most maduro's have.  Bitterness has disappeared.  the earthy notes from the pre-draw are showing up.
Last 3rd.
not much transition from the 2/3 to the last.  Same medium strength.  Not much in complexity but the smoke output and burn are fantastic from beginning to end.

Summary

if I was grading on construction, draw and burn this stick is a 10!  The flavour and aroma was a bit of a let down.  The first 3rd was not appealing at all and I believe that is what set the tone for the rest of it.  The 2/3 was good but never become more than that.  I really wished it would of had the token dark chocolate notes that most maduro's have in common.  I would not buy a box of these but would keep a couple as yard sticks.



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