The Jure is the latest offering of the Club Mareva line from Casdagli Cigars. It was made for the opening of Club Mareva Zagreb, in the capital of Croatia. It was also dedicated to the memory of Marko Bilić’s father. Jeremy spoke about this when he was last on our podcast.
The Jure differs from the rest of the line in its blend. The fillers and binder are all undisclosed. Again, this is something that Jeremy alluded to on the podcast. While they’re undisclosed, the wrapper is an Ecuadorian Claro colorado leaf. The Casdagli website does say that the undisclosed tobacco used in the Jure will “deliver a very cubanesque characteristic.”
SIZE: 5-1/4″ x 55
ORIGIN: Costa Rica
FACTORY: IGM Cigars
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Claro Colorado
September 10 @10am
70° & 70% humidity
HOW MANY CIGARS SMOKED:
RELEASE TYPE Regular Release
ORIGINALLY RELEASE DATE July 2023
Typical Box Size: Boxes of 12
Production Totals: Unknown
o Robusto (5-3/4″ x 5)
The band is an elegant design of white with gold accents, and a portait of, presumably, Marko Bilić’s father. It’s all done on glossy paper that adds to its elegance. The Casdagli family crest, the Colossus if Rhodes, is on the back.
The Ecuadorian Colorado Claro wrapper is absolutely gorgeous. One has a water spot on it, but each wrapper has a few dark pockets of oil. The wrapper has a nice oily sheen to it. There is just a touch of mottling, and it is slightly toothy. It is smooth to the touch, save for a few veins that run through the Jure. The seam is visible and adds to the overall aesthetic.The pigtail cap appears to be expertly applied.
The Ecuadorian Claro wrapper gives off very subtle hints of barnyard and hay. They are almost undetectable. The foot, however, is a bouquet of barnyard, fruit, bread, and baking spices.
The cold draw immediately reminds me of dried fruit and cinnamon, just not as bright. As I take a few more cold draws, notes of freshly cut grass, fruit, and a sourness that I can’t quite place begin to come through.
The Jure grabs me almost immediately with bold flavors. Graham cracker, pepper, spices, and more than a hint of red pepper flake come through from the initial light. A smooth buttery note lingers on my palate. Blasts of black pepper rule the retrohale. There is a sweetness hiding behind all of it. Notes of wood and chocolate begin to emerge as the initial light ushers in the first third.
The Jure is rich and creamy. It fills the air with clouds of satisfying smoke with each puff.
>> Baking Spices, Vanilla, Black Pepper
Baking spices, wood, vanilla, and a buttery smooth finish begins the first third of the Club Mareva Jure. Black pepper pops on the retrohale. The burn line was a tad uneven in the first third on one of the Jure smoked for this review, but the other two were razor sharp. A subtle note of honey adds a depth and richness to the first third. It is buttery smooth. Salted butter, to be precise. There is a fruit component to the Jure that can be missed if not focusing on the cigar. The ash is not flakey, but not overly compact. The ash on one Jure I smoked looked like it was slowly exploding. That ash was white with black streaks. The ash on the other two was dark grey with white streaks. Salted nuts begin to come through. I’m really enjoying the complexities of the Jure – salted nuts, a hint of wood, honey, baking spices, floral note, and maybe a dash of citrus.
>> Earth, Floral, White Pepper
A mushroom funk ushers in the middle third. Red pepper flake adds a kick of spice, while the wood note ratchets up a notch or two. The smoke is still creamy and the burn line has evened up. White pepper on the retrohale. The sweetness is still there, as just a light touch if honey remains. The Jure has transitioned into more earthy notes, but still remains creamy. Big notes of peppercorn compliment the earthiness. Cedar becomes the dominant flavor. The burn line is less than razor sharp, but is nothing to be concerned about. The Jure has an unctuous quality that makes for a great mouth feel. The floral note returns and balances out the earth notes. Nuts take over for the wood as the dominant flavor, but the nuances of the Jure compliment each other. Everything is in harmony, flavor-wise. There is an undercurrent of chocolate and honey that allow the deep earthy flavors to shine. The ash disintegrates when deposited in the tray. It is not compact at all.
>> Chocolate, Red Pepper, Baking Spices
The final third begins with chocolate, nuts, slightly charred wood, baking spices, cayenne pepper, and black pepper on the retrohale. It is more full than the middle third, but still medium bodied. There is a spiciness to the final third that I dig. Sweet and spicy with some woodiness thrown in for good measure. However, like before, everything is in balance. The burn remains less than even, but the cacophony of flavors more than make up for it. Spicy, sweet notes dance on my tongue. Avocado oil smooths it all out. The funky, earth notes come back and melt into the sweetness, adding layer upon layer of flavors and a sumptuous umami quality.
RATING & FINAL THOUGHTS
The flavors found in the Jure are pronounced and blend together very well. The initial light demands your attention with bold flavors, while the rest of the cigar delivers a complex and nuanced experience. Thus is especially true of the middle third .
The burn was never really razor sharp on any of the three cigars I smoked for this review. The ash was never flakey, but one of the Jure smoked had the ash explode during the middle third. The difference in the color of the ash didn’t seem to affect the flavors, either.
0.77 / 0.80 … Craft & Aesthetic
0.50 / 0.50 … Pre-Light Characteristics
0.50 / 0.50 … Lighting Process
6.98 / 7.70 … Smoking Experience
0.46 / 0.50 … Personal Enjoyment
COMPLIMENTS & CRITIQUES
YOU’RE JURE TO LOVE IT.
The Jure is another solid offering for Casdagli. The flavors are absolutely sublime. There is a marked difference in flavor profiles from the rest of the Club Mareva line, but that’s not important. This cigar was an homage to Marko’s father…and what an homage it is! The transitions from one third to the next were amazing. Chocolate, honey, butter, cedar, nuts, and subtle fruit and citrus notes make the Jure a complex smoking experience. The lone drawback is the consistency in how they burned. While all (well, almost all) premuim cigars are handmade products, the Jure’s ash and burn line detract from an otherwise luxurious smoking experience.