Almost full-bodied from the very beginning, the delivers a lot of spice in the first third, with a nice woody background - top rated Oliva cigars. Starting in the second third, delicate notes of cocoa appear and punctuate the experience. The finish is powerful with a lot of leather and earth. It was nice to see that this is still a box-worthy stick.
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Nothing brings me more joy than kicking back with a phenomenal stogie; usually with friends and scintillating banter. Ever so often, the discussion veers into cigars and our favorite go-to smokes of all time. I always have an issue landing on just one. After all, the process of picking an all-time cigar rests on more than one attribute.
Patience. It’s not every day that I get to review one of my very few all-time favorite stogies. But this bad boy has got it all. Oliva Serie V is produced by Oliva Cigar Co. which was recently acquired by J. Cortes Cigars N.V. of Belgium. Undoubtedly, there were some concerns about quality consistency.
Cortes Cigars kept Jose Oliva on to ensure that the Oliva Cigar Co. quality was maintained. Oliva Serie V is the strongest, most full-bodied line in the Oliva Cigar Co. arsenal. We say it’s because it only rocks potent, delicately aged Ligero Tobacco from the Jalapa Valley in Nicaragua. So, yes; It’s a Nicaraguan Puro!Oliva Serie V has been a permanent resident in the top cigar lists for the past decade.
It is hard enough for a cigar to maintain relevance for this long let alone to feature in the top cigar lists year after year consistently. But Oliva Serie V does this effortlessly. In fact, since its release, the Oliva Serie V cigar line received almost 30 90+ ratings from top cigar reviewers.
This decadent beauty was the 2014 Cigar of the Year by Cigar Aficionado. It also got a coveted 96 rating. In Nicaragua, they call this blend a Ligero Especial. This is to say the blend consists of the thickest, darkest leaves taken from the tree’s top layer. In a word, Oliva Serie V embodies specially fermented Ligero long-fillers from Jalapa Valley.
Now, from the blend, you may be wondering why this stick is consistently one of the highest-rated stogies. Here is why. Construction is sheer perfection with an expertly applied triple cap. Wait until you see that flawless velvety Habano wrapper! You may be taken aback by the weight. This baby is densely packed, but the seam work is impeccable.
It smells of rich leather, sweet molasses, sapid earth, and a skosh of spice. Well, in my experience, it’s all in the wicked flavor notes and the perfect balance of power and body. Every section of this stick is its own standalone mouth-watering experience. You will love the subtle yet distinct flavor transitions throughout the smoke.
Retrohale is alive with peppery notes, barnyard nuances, and a sweet disposition brought on by the decadent sun-grown wrapper. Admittedly, the smoke output is wanting, but it doesn’t diminish the smoking experience. From the first draw to the nub, this smoke is nothing short of transcendent. If you are an ardent Oliva Serie V enthusiast, you may have noticed they’re out of stock, a lot! So, are they in limited production?As it turns out, since Oliva Serie V got the #1 Cigar of the Year title, Oliva Cigars Co.
Besides that, there are actual Limited Release Oliva Serie V cigars. These include the Oliva Serie V Maduro and the Oliva Serie V Melanio Edicion Limitada 2018. Now, the good news is Oliva Serie V Maduro will no longer be a Limited Release cigar. Just in case you didn’t know since its release in 2008 the Oliva Serie V Maduro was released once every year.
The name pays tribute to Melanio Oliva, the first Oliva family member to grow tobacco in Cuba in the late 1800s. The Oliva Serie V Melanio is a gentle box-press stick featuring a proprietary Sumatra-seed wrapper grown in Ecuador encasing premium Nicaraguan long-fillers. Oliva Serie V Melanio is a winner by its own right.