Oliva Serie V Nub 460 – Cigar Review

For the Winter and Spring of 2013 Oliva will be giving out a 6 cigar Special Release sampler at events. The sampler will include a Serie V Nub 460 (which I am reviewing today), a Serie G Maduro Belicoso Round, a OC -001 (an unreleased prototype cigar with a new blend), a Serie V Maduro Diadema, and a Master Blend 3 646. Each cigar in this sampler is either a new size, or in the case of the OC – 001 a never seen before blend. Anyone who attends an Oliva event will be able to obtain this sampler free of charge with a box purchase, making my choice to purchase one a no brainer! Today I am examining the Oliva Serie V Nub 460.

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Size: 4 x 60
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Full
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Construction and Appearance: The Oliva Serie V Nub 460 has the typical Oliva Serie V band. The band is gold, red, brown, and tan with Oliva Serie V written in gold and brown in the center. The wrapper of the Oliva Serie V Nub 460 is a medium dark brown with a reddish hue. There are almost no veins visible and the wrapper has a beautiful oil sheen to it.

I have to say seeing the Serie V in the Nub size is a bit odd to me. Like the regular nubs, the construction is excellent. There is a nice tight triple cap which tops the cigar off. I can’t feel any soft spots, and the cigar has a nice weight to it.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Oliva Serie V Nub 460 has notes of chocolate, earth, and a bit of wood. The foot has the scent of cocoa, cedar, earth, and a bit of a spice. To prepare smoking the Oliva Serie V Nub 460 I use a straight cut and on the cold draw there are flavors of spices, cocoa, cedar, wood, and molasses.

Smoking Characteristics: The Oliva Serie V Nub 460 lights with a rich blend of spices, grass, cocoa, cedar, molasses, and a bit of earth. The smoke is very cool, rich, creamy, lightly sweet, and leaves the slightest bit of white pepper on the tongue. The strength is in the medium to full range in the first third, with a nice slight mellow buzz setting in early on.

Into the second third of the Oliva Serie V Nub 460, I decide I’m going to attempt a “Nub stand” for the first time ever. It works quite well and makes for an excellent example of just how firm the ash on the Oliva Serie V Nub 460 is. The burn is equally excellent, remaining very sharp without any touch up being required by this point. The flavor remains fairly consistent, lots of cocoa, cedar, grass, molasses, earth, and just a slight bit of pepper. The strength is the second third pushes into the full spectrum, and the smoke is incredibly cool and smooth.

During the final third of the Oliva Serie V Nub 460, the smoke remains very cool, smooth, creamy, and a bit sweet. The notes of cocoa, cedar, grass, molasses, and earth all remain, but the pepper has now faded from the flavor profile. The strength remains full, allowing a very pleasant buzz to set in while smoking. The smoke plays well on the palate, but the finish is rather clean with only a slight amount of cedar and cocoa lingering between draws. The Oliva Serie V Nub remains cool to the nub, without any issues in construction.

Conclusion: I love it and hate it when companies come out with these special samplers. I think it is fun to try blends that aren’t in full production or normal blends in unique sizes, but I’m always a little sad when I fall in love with one of these sizes. The Oliva V Nub is a good example of this. Generally I find 60 ring gauge cigars a little daunting, but for some reason Nubs are one of the exceptions to that rule. The Oliva Serie V Nub 460 performed very well, containing all the classic flavors of an Oliva Serie V in a new format I really enjoyed. If you are at an Oliva event definitely go in for the box, getting one of these samplers is worth it for the novelty alone if you are a big smoker.

Rating: 90

MSRP: Only available in the Oliva Special release sampler at Oliva events.