Team Cigar Review: Gellis Marevas

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Cigar Details: Gellis Marevas

  • Vitola: Petite Corona
  • Length: 5.12″
  • Ring Gauge: 43
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 2000 Rosado
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Tabacalera La Isla
  • Blender: Kyle Gellis
  • Price: $11.00
  • Release Date: April 2024
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Gellis Marevas is between light and medium brown and has some decently raised veins running the length of the cigar. The seams are fairly smooth and the uniquely shaped head with a slight point is finished with some lifting edges. The foot is also covered with excess wrapper folded over. The band is gold and black with a G on front and the brand name on the sides. The aroma from the wrapper and covered foot is a light mix of wood and earth. The pre-light draw brings floral notes and cedar.
Seth: The Gellis Marevas is decent in appearance. The band does not pop against the wrapper, but the wrapper has a nice dark Colorado Maduro and marbled color. It is slightly oily in hand and rolled well. Closed foot, but aromas of honey, earth, spices, cedar and tobacco.
John: The Gellis Marevas comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with a QR code, the cigar info and a tear space to remain intact when opened. Unfortunately, in this instance, the UPC sticker was placed in such a way that it still tore when the cellophane was opened. There is a single ‘G’ band, along with artisanal complications of a short twisted cap and a closed foot. I weighed the cigar at 10.4 grams and measured the humidity at 61.1% with the HumidiMeter Pro. Aromas off the wrapper included sweet tobacco, bread and light wood. From the closed foot, all I could pick out was sweet tobacco.

Gellis Marevas

Gellis Marevas

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted oak and a bit of mustiness. At a half inch in, the toasted oak transitions to a dry, toasted cedar. At three quarters of an inch in, a light earth joins the profile. The retrohale is toasted cedar and mild earth. As the third comes to a close, the profile is musty, toasted cedar with some light earth in the background. The strength was mild-medium.
Seth: The first third begins with sharp spices that are accompanied by hay, cream and tobacco notes. There are some honey notes as well with bits of wood. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: My first puffs are flavors of tobacco, mossy wood in the center and some light plus strength earth and wood along with mild dryness carrying into the post draw. A rich, dark chocolate and earth combines in the center of the retrohale as the first third settles in. Some mild grassiness is also detectable on the finish here. There’s an herbal quality developing as the cigar progresses. It continues to evolve with sweet tobacco, and earth finishing. Some herbal mintiness is present heading into the bottom half with an herbal and earth combination in the post draw.

Gellis Marevas

Gellis Marevas

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the cedar transitions back to oak. At a half inch in, the earth picks up a bit. The retrohale is now toasted oak with earth right behind. At an inch in, the earth is not too far behind the toasted oak. As the third comes to a close, the musty, toasted oak is a bit ahead of the earth. The strength bumped up to slightly below medium.
Seth: The second third remains in line with that of the first. Some cream and tobacco notes that are paired with some honey and sharp spices. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: Medium strength earth leads off here with some loamy elements joining on the finish. Those elements are delayed on the post draw but linger heavily on the palate. The herbal quality from the first third returns in the retrohale by the halfway point, but the earth is the dominant note and is pushing it down. Through the bottom half, there’s almost a slightly salty peat smoke present at times.

Gellis Marevas

Gellis Marevas

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, some black pepper joins the profile. At a quarter inch in, the toast level increases a bit. The retrohale is now musty, toasted oak and earth. As the cigar wraps up, the musty, toasted oak is just ahead of the earth, with mild black pepper in the background. The strength remained at slightly below medium.
Seth: The final third is in line with the first and second. Sharp spice notes with touches of honey, cream and tobacco. Finish of wood and mineral notes. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: Creamy tobacco leads off with light plus spices and earth to follow. The spice and earth combination has a long finish to it with the earth bringing some wood with it on the post draw between each puff. The earth is leading the post draw as the last third continues. Tobacco sweetness with creaminess continues to be at the front of each puff through the bottom half.

Gellis Marevas

Gellis Marevas

Burn

Aaron: The burn was perfect throughout and the ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Burn was solid from beginning to end.
John: The burn had some waviness in the first third, eventually correcting. The cigar seemed to stall at times through the second third, eventually going out in the last third which necessitated a re-light.

Gellis Marevas

Gellis Marevas

Draw

Aaron: The draw was fairly snug throughout, but I don’t think it caused any issues for the cigar.
Seth: Solid draw.
John: The draw was perfect, right in the ideal zone between open and resistant.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted oak and a bit of mustiness. The oak transitioned to cedar a half inch in. A bit later, some earth joined the profile. The second third saw the cedar transition back to oak. The final third saw some light black pepper join in. The Gellis Marevas had a fairly average flavor profile throughout, with a basic profile of musty, toasted oak, which transitioned to cedar for a bit, earth and a bit of black pepper. A fairly simple cigar that doesn’t really do enough to make me want to come back to it. I do really like the size though.
Seth: Smoking the Gellis Marevas, I am taken back to the early Warped releases out of El Titan, but a lower quality. I don’t want to say Seconds. It’s almost an attempt to recreate that cigar under a new name outside of the US at a more affordable price. The cigar is not as refined as past releases, it’s a little bit harsher, and probably a bit young. The closed foot really impacted the cigar because it just never opened. It was restricted from start to finish. I would be interested to see how the cigar would smoke in a larger vitola and aged without a closed foot. Other than that, average offering at best.
John: The Gellis Marevas is a departure from where the Warped brand of cigars was being manufactured and also the flavor profile that it typically delivered. It’s clear that the Gellis brand is not an attempt to recreate that style of cigar from the Dominican Republic. I did find the first third brought some interesting and engaging components, but by the second third there was a dominant earth note that was driving the profile and the cigar didn’t seem to recover from it. The draw was perfect while the burn went out in the last third, requiring a re-light. I didn’t find the profile of the Gellis Marevas particularly engaging or standout that I’d want to return to it, however I am interested in reviewing future Gellis offerings to see how the brand evolves. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 29 minutes.

Aaron
Seth
John
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Very Good
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.45

Cost/Point

$2.02

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Seth Geise

SCORE

5.25

Cost/Point

$2.10

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.90

Cost/Point

$1.86

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