Size: 5 x 42 ( Petit Corona )
Wrapper: Nicaraguan (Habano Sun grown)
Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: High Medium to Low Full
Behind The Stick:
Alright – so this is a cigar that literally was sent to me out of the blue that I didn’t even know existed. I got a pair of them from a buddy on one of the cigar forums, and then @youngbuck sent me one along with a few other smokes! Since I had a few of these around, I decided to light one up and have it as my commute cigar back home from work. When I got home, I mentioned the odd size ( spoiler, I like this size ) on twitter and heard a lot of good things said about them and thus lead to some research. The Oliva V has always been a ‘go to staple’ of mine – when I don’t know what to have, I can always fall back on the V and be happy. Lets see if this little brother of the line lives up to the name!
Well, the story of the No 4 is that Oliva released these to a small number of European shops, and an even smaller number to American shops – but only if there were in attendance of the TAA trade show in Cabo, Mexico. This makes for a great ‘must have’ series, simply dude to the limited availability of them! From what I have been able to find, the blend is essentially the same, nothing ‘major’ has been changed but rather minimizing the size down to a nice corona feel and making something that fits that daily commute, for me, just about perfect.
Almost in direct comparison to other Series V sizes – these cigars look as if they were cloned or replicated from a perfect cigar rather than hand rolled. Evenly packed from head to foot, the oily yet velvety dark brown wrapper carries only the faintest hints of veins and the cap appears to have been placed by a surgeons steady hand. As with many cigars on the market though – the band was not only securely placed on the cigar, but caused a little headache when trying to remove. No damage, but had it not been for stopping – focusing and devoting my full attention – I would have a few more choice words.
The first draw I took I had to pull the cigar away and check my lips to make sure they didn’t burn off! A sharp pepper and spice explosion started this cigar and literally made me double take the smoke. Luckily this was not the flavor profile that the cigar evolved into, but this harsh start was enough worth mentioning. Once my face and mouth were checked for burns, a light pepper sensation remained but was greeted by a very mild coffee and cream flavor that has a cedar and leather mixed overtone. Alright, the false start is nothing but a memory now – the smoke taking on the classic V style creamy smoke – doing its work covering my taste buds and slightly drying out my mouth.
This cigar burns quick, or at least the ones I had I just plowed right through them. The 2nd half is the main reason why – the coffee, cedar and leather flavors hold solid but slowly dip into a ‘darker’ flavor of each, with each ebb back to the lighter flavors a light cocoa flavor comes through quickly changing to a solid dark chocolate. Once the chocolate was very noticeable, the cigar rounded out its life with chocolate, leather and just a dash of the spicy pepper from before.
For me, Oliva has always been one of those companies that prices their cigars reasonable to the delivery, although if that statement were to be true these would have to be much more expensive than they are! With a long finish, small size and great delivery this is definitely one cigar to nub. As I said before, I was really caught off guard when I heard Oliva was going to produce the V in a smaller size, and then a little shocked when I heard they were not going to be openly released throughout the American market – although I think they would perform very well. I know I have already made a few calls to get a couple on reserve and I highly recommend you doing the same! If you have already had the Oliva V No. 4 please let me know what you thought of them!
Every Cigar Has A Story, Every Smoke A Memory