Since 2008 the release of the Oliva V Maduro has been as certain as death and taxes. When the site first reviewed the 2008 edition, we were impressed with the profile. Looking back I still wish I had some of those smokes. However, the 2009 edition had major draw issues, but we still scored it pretty high. In retrospect, I was a bit generous with that score. Last years edition seemed to put 2009 behind it, and to be honest if it didn’t I probably wouldn’t have bought a box this year.
According to Atlantic Cigar, “Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial is a limited edition cigar released yearly and truly a treat with only 30,000 cigars produced with a different size created each year. This complex blend of Nicaraguan long filler tobaccos with a specially fermented Jalapa Valley ligero held together by a Nicaraguan binder. The cigar is then finished with high priming San Andres maduro wrapper grown in the fertile San Andres valley in Mexico. Packaged in boxes of 10 Toro (6 x 50) cigars these limited production cigars will not last long so grab a box before they are gone for good.”
Cigar: Oliva V Maduro
Size: 6 x 50 (Toro)
Wrapper: San Andreas Maduro
Cigars Smoked For Review: 4
Appearance and Construction: When I got an email from one of my shops that they got the 2011 V Maduro in I just shrugged my shoulders. When I made it into the shop and saw it wasn’t a torpedo I picked up a box and a few singles. The draw issues that plagued the last few years as a torpedo did not follow through in the toro. The V Maduro features an oily San Andres Maduro that is flawless. The cigar is rolled to perfection with a nice weight to it, and no soft spots. The band is your typical Oliva V, however, to the left of the logo on the side is the word maduro.
Flavor & Notes: The cold draw of the cigar is earthy with a slight saltiness and chocolate while the foot serves up some earth to the nose. Once the cigar is lit there is aburst of leather notes that slowly fade revealing a sweetness. As we progress past that first 1/2″ the first third develops into a complex smoke. The leather notes are gone and have been replaced by earth which is joined by dark chocolate (slightly bitter), and strong espresso. As I breach the second third of the cigar, the coffee notes are dominant that they almost overwhelm what else the cigar has to offer. The dark chocolate notes are a bit more refined and less bitter, while some spice picks up especially through the nose which caused my eyes to water. The last third of the cigar becomes nutty with the occasional floral note gone is the spice and chocolate. There is some earth and espresso on the short finish.
Smoking Characteristics: After a couple of years with difficult draws the issue has been resolved and kudos to Oliva for getting away from the torpedo/belicoso format. The cigar has a nice burn to it and a solid ash that was medium gray in color that holds for a third of the cigar at a time.
Conclusion: With 2008 a distant memory, and the disappointment of the earlier years, the 2011 really stands outs. Complex and enjoyable the Oliva V Maduro delivers and brings a renewed interest in the limited edition annual release. Definitely worthy of a box purchase or two. One to smoke now, and one to sit on and age.
Price: $9.00 / $81.00 a box of 10 @ Atlanic Cigars