A few years ago Oliva called a sales meeting to talk about creating a mild smoke, but the response from the sales team was that there was a bigger demand for a full bodied smoke so the Series V was created. Now, a couple of years later Oliva decided to create a mild cigar anyway and they came up with the Oliva Connecticut reserva, made from Nicaraguan filler and binder with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. I smoked the Toro, a 6×50 cigar that has a fixed price tag of € 6.00 here in The Netherlands. I was reluctant to smoke it, as I am not a big fan of Connecticut tobacco, but on the other hand, this is an Oliva stick and Oliva never let me down so far as you can see in my reviews of the other Oliva products.
I like the simple yet tasteful white band. The wrapper is light colored, a bit yellowish brown. The wrapper is smooth, shiny, oily and has some minor veins. The construction feels a bit soft, but equally soft. The predraw is good but tasteless. The cigar has a nice mild smell of hay and wood.
The cigar starts with a bitter espresso taste with some sweetness and spicy. After half an inch the flavors get a little musty but fortunately that musty flavor disappears soon. After an inch I taste an earthy flavor and pepper, the flavors aren’t very nice.
Halfway I taste that classic Oliva sweetness that I taste in a lot of their cigars while I never ran into that specific taste in any other cigar, combined with some cedar wood. This is the flavor that sticks around for a while and only gets a little bit peppery spicy along the way. At the end the cigar loses the sweetness but the cedar wood and the spiciness stay around.
This smoke time of this toro is an hour and five minutes. The draw and burn are very good and I got a lot of thick white smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, I will get another Oliva stick instead, one without Connecticut leaf
Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10