Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Connecticut Sun Grown Broadleaf
Binder and Filler: Nicaragua Habano and Ligero
Strength: High Medium to Full
Price: ~ 10.00 each
Behind The Stick:
Yeah yeah, this is a long over due review, so I will try my best to keep it quick and to the point! The third edition to the Oliva “Liga Maestra” or Master Blend Limited Edition series – if you not familiar with this series than do a quick google search and find out, but suffice to say this is one of those ‘special’ cigars that you just can’t find anywhere. The 1st was toted to be one of the companies best sticks – ever – while the number 2, although rare, did not receive as much credit. Not a lot of history to be discussed on this one – onto the damn review!
If you are anything like me, when you hear the Oliva name you immediately go to the ‘damn they make some really good cigars’ mentality. The Masters Blend 3 is no different – evenly packed from head to foot, minimal veins, cap cut easily and foot lit like a champ. All in all – another ‘Masterpiece’ from Oliva.
A dash of cedar, a touch of sweet tobacco, kick of pepper and spice and a finish of coffee and cookie. Yeah – a little random but what a damn good combination. The cedar starts at the beginning and carries you all the way through to the end, variations of spice, sweetness and even some bitter notes of coffee rounded out the flavor profile to create one hell of a good baseline. The middle portion of the cigar started to take on darker ‘sensations’ of the same, the coffee turning more towards espresso, the spice more towards black pepper and the sweetness faded just a touch. The very end of each one I smoked got this tar build up taste to it although I could never see any at the head.
Not the most dynamic of cigars, but this was a cigar I could easily get lost in. I really, really enjoyed this cigar but when your paying $10.00 a cigar from a big name like Oliva – did you really expect anything less? Was this an unbelievable cigar that was incredibly complex and worthy of the highest marks in the industry? No. Was it a good cigar that delivered at or at least ‘near’ its price point? Sure. There was not enough ‘to it’ for me to justify a box purchase, but at the same time I am very happy that I picked up a few to smoke. If you have had a chance to try the Oliva Masters Blend #3, let me know what you thought! If not, what are you waiting for – go get one!
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