Sunday, August 10, 2008

Oliva Serie V (robusto)

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They should call this cigar "Oliva Serie X", for eXcuse me but this cigar is on backorder or "Hey, I'm so rare that I'm bordering on being deemed over-rated like Opus X". Fortunately this cigar is not over-priced like Opus X. I happened to get this large robusto in a free Oliva Sampler some time ago. I almost forgot I had it until I decided to dig to the bottom of one of my humidors in search of something to smoke. Unfortunately I have to do this review on just one cigar due to it's scarcity.


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I usually don't like big ring gauge cigars, and this one just happens to be 54 ring gauge by 5 inches. But since it was a highly rated Oliva Serie V, I thought I would make an exception. The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro from Esteli. It has a smooth colorado maduro high priming Habano sun grown wrapper and a filler of specially fermented Jalapa Valley ligero. My cigar showed very few veins and had an earthy aroma. The foot of the cigar had a woody character to it, probably from laying on top of cedar at the bottom of my humidor for a while. The pre-light draw was slightly firm after using a punch cutter and it tasted earthy with a tingle of spiciness to my lips. The cigar felt nicely packed with tobacco.


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This cigar packed plenty of ligero as promised. I realize now that I am not a lover of a lot of ligero. I feel as if it takes away from a lot of the flavors that I really enjoy. Like the nice caramel, cinnamon, and bittersweet chocolate flavors that were inherent in this cigar. I don't need a lot of spiciness to dominate my taste buds. The cigar produces a nice full body of smoke and the residue was a bit drying to my mouth. There is also a woody character to this cigar, as well as some leather flavor. The wrapper seems a bit fragile though. I noticed some cracking after I finished off the first third.


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The flavors seemed to stay consistent throughout the cigar, eventually taking a more leathery base flavor towards the end. The cigar remained smooth despite it's ligero heft. I really liked the flavor being given off by the wrapper. I have smoked a few of the thin lanceros and just really love the flavors sans the excessive filler. In my opinion, I think Oliva should only make one vitola for the Serie V, and that would be the lancero. The real star of this blend is the wrapper and this size shows it off really well.


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I probably would not buy any of the jumbo sized Serie V's even though the strength really didn't hurt me. Thankfully as a woman I don't have any pressures to have to "man-up" to any cigars. I would recommend it to guys like my male co-worker, who like to feel a little "buzz" with his cigars. The flavors are really nice and smooth and the cigar burns well. The ash is nice and light and holds on really well. You guys can take a picture of your three inch ash with this cigar. That's another guy thing I've noticed. For the ladies out there: You must try the lancero my dears! This is one of the best I've tasted. You get the delicious full flavor without a lot of the scary ligero. Plus, and this is important, you can actually find this cigar!

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