Size: 6 x 56 (Torpedo)
Wrapper: Habano Sun Grown
Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan – Jalapa Valley Ligero
Strength: Medium to Full
Price: Roughly $6.75
Behind The Stick:
For many of those who are in the ‘world of cigars’ the name Oliva is a common word to hear, and for many of us relates to a number of cigars from this company that we have fallen for. For myself, it is the Serie V – but I’ll get into that later. For those who are not familiar with the history of the Oliva company, I highly suggest you check up on their documentation, very interesting story. To summarize and please correct me if I am leaving anything big out – Melanio Oliva grew tobacco in Cuba in the late 1860’s and fought in the war for independence in his homeland of Cuba and once returning to the farm, his children took over the business in the early 1920’s. With Communism taking over the country in the mid 1960’s, the Oliva family left Cuba in search of that distinct flavor that the Cuban soil provides. They found their closest match in Nicaragua and through the watchful eye of Gilberto Oliva are now the second largest producer of Cuban-seed tobacco.
This is a beautiful cigar, simply put. The light chocolate colored wrapper had minimal but noticeable, darker colored veins running throughout. Lightly squeezing the cigar from head to foot, I was very impressed to feel minimal changes, but no hard or soft spots specific. I have to report here though, the wrapper felt ‘oily and rough’ at the same time, if that makes sense ha-ha. The wrapper, when lightly touched felt similar to a fine grade sandpaper but when I did a double take and pressed a little more firm with my index finger, the wrapper felt the exact opposite, utterly smooth and soft to the touch. I can’t explain it but when I tried two to three times after, it felt the same.
This is one of those cigars I recommend you eating before smoking, not a full, heavy meal but maybe a sandwich or something medium in size – although perhaps for some veterans – most of us will need a little padding to the stomach. Rich flavors of wood, spice and coco start off the cigar, not too full of smoke but the draw began to open providing large amounts of smoke. The cigar rounded off with a few switches from wood and spice to wood and coco. Although this was not a very complex cigar, the flavors did not change much, but the flavors I was able to detect were rich and flavorful. As I said before, my favorite Oliva cigar by far.
I first heard about this cigar while I was walking through a B&M shop and an electrician commented ‘When they made cigars, they did this one right” so naturally I had to grab a pair. The guy was not kidding – This is by far my favorite cigar from the Oliva line. As I stated before, the cigar is not the most complex thing you will find in your local shop, but for me, that’s okay. The price is a little higher, I will totally agree with that but the flavors that this cigar produces as well as the hour and half smoke time, at least buy a pair and give them a shot.
Every Cigar Has A Story, Every Smoke A Memory