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Review By: Matt

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Look & Feel
Wrapper quality, smell from the wrapper, smell from the foot, box presentation, and color of wrapper.

 

Construction
Burn quality, draw quality, heat on the draw, quality of the wrapper, and cap construction.

 

Flavor & Balance
Overall flavor of the cigar, balance of flavors, strength to body balance, and complexity.


Value
Value taking the quality vs. the market vs. the market price


Overall Rating
Taking all aspects into consideration we rate based on the quality of the cigar and the quality of the experience. 




Review By: Matt

Review By: Matt

Oliva Serie V - Double Robusto 5.0 X 54




I Admit I am an Oliva fan but this Puro Nicaraguan usually produces full flavor and full body in nicotine strength.  If you buy this cigar by the box, the prices range from 6-8 dollars per cigar which makes it very reasonable.  The V series tend to be spicer than the other Oliva lines so if you like various pepper notes, try these out.  Time to light up…


Look and Feel: 

Tight seams and minimal veins with a slight tooth to it.  The cigar has a solid construction that is fully packed with a dark Habano sun grown wrapper.  This cigar gives a nice musty earth aroma off of its wrapper.  The pre-lit draw presents a sweet wood note and is pretty clear. 


Foot Third:

To start I taste of woody and black pepper notes.  The main body of the cigar is earth and tobacco and the finish tends to be average in length and has spice and black pepper to it.  Hints of cream come and go throughout this third.  Lots of smoke is produced to start this cigar and the draw is open, slightly too open but the flavors don't have an issue coming through.  The flavor and strength body is medium-full to start and stays so through this third.  The ash hols really well and the burn is razor sharp after an early touch up. 


Body Third:

The body has a slight transition with a primary cream note with a white pepper spice.  The finish is white and cayenne pepper and is fairly long.  The earth flavor is still the binding flavor but the woody notes have died down.  The body is full during the 2nd third and gives you plenty of flavor and strength.  The smoke is still heavy and thick and adds a nice aroma.  I have been able to put the cigar down for 5 minutes and pick it up with no relight needed, good construction!

 

Head Third:
The head third transformed with less cream notes with more earth and black pepper and the strength remains strong.  The balance of this cigar is done very well but is a full cigar.  The spice notes are present throughout on the draw and retrohale.  The body becomes even stronger in the last third and is not for those who like more of a mild smoke.  The burn and draw remains good to the end with a little heat coming from the cigar at the end. 

Summary:

The Serie V Double Robusto is a good quality cigar with plenty of spice, earth, and cream notes.  The earth and black pepper flavors are the primary notes throughout making this a very well balanced cigar.  The body is strong in flavor and strength and is not for those who want a lighter smooth smoke.  The cigar has some nice variations throughout but nothing too drastic.  You can't go wrong with the Oliva Serie V and for the price, this cigar is a winner!


Look & Feel:
92


Construction:
94

Flavor & Balance:

94

Value:
95

Overall Rating:

94


 

One of my favorites, Oliva makes a high quality cigar with a variety of strengths and flavors.  Typically a nice woody, leather and cream is the core of this brand.  Oliva has a nice variety including many profiles.  Often their maduro versions of each series brings a very different flavor profile offering a similar core of flavors with a different tone.  Always a quality smoke that you can enjoy everyday.

Review By: Matt

Oliva

Oliva Serie O - Torpedo 6.5 X 52




I have always been a fan of this series and also this manufacturer.  One of the things that tends to stand out for me is the smoothness of the cigar.  They are not all that complex but are usually smooth with a few transitions. Puro Nicaraguan means fairly full in flavor and at least medium body in nicotine strength.  Time to light up…


Look and Feel: 

Tight seams with minimal veins.  Very nice sun grown habano wrapper with a smooth earthy smell to it.  It is nicely packed with a little give but not much.  Pre-lit draw bring a sweet cedar and earth to the palate and had just the right resistance.  You also get a nice sweet cedar smell off of the toasting.


Foot Third:

At first light you get a nice leathery cream with a touch of cedar and the finish is a light pepper with some leathery notes.  Occasionally you get a hint of a nutty flavor in there.  The smoke is light and not as creamy as some other O series that I have had.  The draw is slightly more snug than normal but not distracting…it is a torpedo so you have to expect a tighter draw.  Burn is consistent and sharp with a nice white ash.  A nice buttery leather cream is present throughout this third.  There is a little white pepper on the retrohale but very smooth. 


Body Third:

A small crack in the wrapper showed up at the beginning of this third which leaves me to believe there is a slight over-packing there.  The burn remains the same and the draw did open a little.  Flavors remain similar with a little more spice adding in.  The finish peppery and has gotten a little longer.  Still creamy leather flavors with stronger earthly notes present.  I nice tanginess on the draw creates nice profile and blend so far…

 

Head Third:
The last third has become tangier than the rest of the cigar.  The burn has been sharp but due to the tighter draw in the beginning, it has become softer and had to be relit once.  Spice is more prevalent and there is a touch of cayenne pepper.  (Especially on the retrohale)  There is an occasional bitter bite but nothing distracting from the experience.

Summary:

This is always a smooth cigar with a medium body and strength but not overly complex.  Flavors of cream and leather dominate the palate with subtle spice and pepper that grow slightly throughout the cigar.  Construction was good but this one had a few little quarks.  Overall this was a very nice cigar offering a relaxing and rewarding smoke with moderate changes throughout.  Typical solid Oliva cigar.


Look & Feel:
93


Construction:
90

Flavor & Balance:

92

Value:
94

Overall Rating:

91

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