Better late than never. I bought these limited edition cigars over at Barrister Cigars in Union, NJ and have been sitting on them ever since. The time to get them has gone and past, so posting this review might be pointless, unless Oliva decides to re-release them which I hope they do. The “initial” run was limited to 50,000 cigars and sold out really fast. On a side note, if anyone knows how to prevent photo booth on the Mac to prevent taking pictures in the mirror image leave a comment or drop me a line.
Cigar: Oliva V Maduro
Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 6.5 x 52 (Torpedo)
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Appearance & Construction (18/20): A typical looking Connecticut broadleaf with lots of veins showing on the wrapper. The oils are plentiful, although the cigar feels a little light in my hands. The foot shows off a little bit of a loose tobacco, but this was not typical of the rest of the box. The label is the same as the rest of the V line with the exception of word maduro to the left of the logo.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): Perhaps it has to do with aging the cigars but the prelight aroma on my cigar was a sweet cherry from the foot of the cigar while on the draw I get a bitter chocolate with some spices. As we light the first third of the smoke it offered some notes of coffee and wood which slowly crept from the background to the foreground. As we approach the second third of the cigar the primary note is wood, with some bitter chocolate and leather developing in the background as the final third begins. The cigar finishes with some bitter chocolate, pepper and leather notes which creates a nice little kick.
Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): The draw of the cigar was perfection, with it not being too loose, or too tight. The burn line was similar to a lot of my experiences with the maduro wrapper; slightly jagged. It never needed to be touched up though and the ash was a medium gray that held on tight and firm.
Overall (23/25): As I said before I hope that Oliva makes this smoke again as the broadleaf wrapper changes the complexity of the cigar. It is a full bodied smoke that can become overpowering if smoked on an empty stomach, but following a nice meal it is a great way to finish the day along with a nice single malt scotch.