Cigar Review: Oliva Connecticut Reserve

Oliva Connecticut Reserve

Oliva Connecticut Reserve

The Oliva Connecticut Reserve caught me by surprise, only finding out about the release a few weeks ago. As a person who enjoys the Oliva line of cigars I felt a mild cigar was missing from their catalog. Whenever I was in the mood for a morning cigar I was never able to reach for an Oliva smoke. Now with the release of the Connecticut Reserve I now have that option in the morning. Last night I attended an event hosted by Oliva Cigars at a local B&M, I was gifted this smoke by the local rep in New York City for the review. The Oliva Connecticut Reserve features absolutely no ligero tobacco and is billed as a full flavor, mild cigar.

Cigar: Oliva Connecticut Reserve
Size: 6 x 50 (Toro)
Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua (Visio & Seco)

Appearance & Construction (18/20): The wrapper of this cigar has a nice golden tan color and a fair amount of veins, but nothing more then to be expected by an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. The wrapper has a thin sheen of oils to it and a nice looking cap. In the hand the cigar feels a little light and I have a feeling without any ligero this cigar could be a fairly quick smoke. The one thing that stands out is the label. The white background with gold and brown has some people referring to this smoke as the Oliva white label smoke.

Flavor & Notes (27/30): The prelight notes off the foot is a very dry hay and the prelight draw offers notes very similar to non-buttered popcorn. The first third offers some faint pepper notes which has caught me off guard as this is supposed to be a mild smoke. The primary notes here are nuts and a dry toast with a creaminess that flirts with your palate. As we hit the second third of the cigar the creamy notes really begin to shine on this cigar giving it a nice rich buttery flavor. The nut like notes remain as well, giving this cigar a nice flavor profile. The final third of the smoke offers notes of nuts and a slight leather on the finish.

Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): The burn of the smoke has a fairly thick carbon ring, but it remains perfectly straight throughout the smoke. The ash of the cigar is various shades of gray, and holds on fairly well for more than an inch at a time. There is a slight resistance on the draw andthat helps slow down the smoking time on this cigar.

Overall (22/25): While this cigar is advertised as a mild cigar, I would have to say it borders at times on being a medium bodied smoke. The cigar offers nice relaxing notes that are suitable for an early morning cigar. Seasoned smokers will enjoy this stick when looking for something mild but a new cigar smoker might not agree with its billing.

Rating: 90
Price: $5.50




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  • http://www.planetzman.com Tommy Zman

    I haven’t smoked this one yet, but I’ve held one in a cigar store and the wrapper is luscious and and I wanted to fire it up right then and there. Interesting that it is on the medium bodied side. Now I definitely have to go back and try one…like today!

  • http://www.beanleafgrape.com Vincent S

    I smoked 2 of these recently, both robustos, and I was very happy with the flavors. Not a typical Connecticut-style, but still great. The flavors are richer and thicker than most Connecticut-wrapped sticks. There’s a touch of the Nicaraguan spice that you find in the other Oliva cigars. Very coffee and cream tasting with some great warm bread notes.

  • OlivaSerieV

    Nice review… I love this cigar even though I would never have thought that it was in my flavor profile as I tend to like stronger cigars. Everyone should give these a try and maybe you will want to add it to your rotation as a morning cigar.

  • Chris McCann

    Thanks for the review! I enjoy strong cigars and this is my favorite early morning smoke.

  • http://www.dreamvalleycigarcompany.com Doug Maull

    Took your advice and decided to smoke this one this morning. This is definitely not your typical mild Connecticut wrapper cigar. I gave this to one of my customers who likes mild cigars and I saw him turning green. This cigar may not have any ligero, but it does have a little zing to it that you either like or dislike. In my case, I like it. I’ll keep this as a morning smoke. Good review Barry!

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  • Jeremy

    I recently picked up a box of the toros at my local tobbaconist after buying a oliva sampler pack. I happen to love almost all the oliva branded cigars but this is my favorite daytime smoke of all better than dunhill ashton and avo! Has more kck to it and tastes great. Burns evenly and very cool white smoke. Overall id rate this cigar a 9.2 in my book! Great review of an excellent mild/ medium bodied daily smoke :)

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