This past week one of the Oliva reps on Twitter hit me with some Oliva sticks. It’s been a while since I since I smoked an Oliva and I forgot how enjoyable they were so I figured I would review the Series V Torpedo. According to the Oliva website the Series V is a complex blend of Nicaraguan long filler tobaccos. Blended with specially fermented Jalapa Valley ligero, and finished with a high priming Habano Sun Grown Wrapper. The cigar is blended to deliver full body taste while maintaining an unparalleled smoothness.
Cigar: Oliva Series V
Size: 6 x 56 (Torpedo)
Wrapper: Habano Sun Grown
Filler: Jalapa Valley Ligero
Appearance and Construction (18/20): The cigar has a lot of oils on the wrapper which has some small veins but nothing out of the ordinary. There is some slight tooth to this well packed cigar that has one small soft spot about half way up. The cigar has a beautifully crafted torpedo cap and a nice looking cigar band. The band is brown gold and red with the Oliva name on it and it also denotes it is the Series V.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): The pre-light draw has a subtle sweetness while the foot offers some spices mixed in as well. The first third of the cigar has a nice spice to it and one can feel the nicotine in this cigar so be sure to smoke it after having something to eat. As you continue to smoke the first third it begins to smooth out to an enjoyable rich cigar with notes of spice and sweet chocolate. The second third of the smoke features notes of chocolate and some coffee notes. As we conclude our smoke the notes are of coffee and some leather on the finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): The cigar has an even burn that never falters although on both samples a slight crack formed at the half way point that never really effected things. The light gray ash is without any flake and holds for long periods periods of time. The draw was impeccable with just a small cut on the torpedo cigar.
Overall (22/25): The Olive Series V is a really good cigar that borders on greatness. When the Oliva Series V Maduro came out I was ga-ga over it, but in retrospect the regular V line is a superior smoke in my opinion. While the cigar is not totally a full bodied smoke its high nicotine content does come into play.
Price: $154.00 box of 24 @ TS Cigars