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Oliva Serie V diadema

Oliva, just browse my reviews and you’ll see that I love the brand (except for the Connecticut Reserve but that is because I dislike Connecticut shade with a passion) so you can imagine that I had high expectations for this 9×56 Oliva series V diadema. This is a limited edition of only 2500 sticks, just for Europe. 1000 sticks made it to The Netherlands, the other 1500 ended up on the German market.
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The cigar looks fabulous, a beautiful and smooth Colorado colored wrapper with a strong and peppery barnyard smell and not a lot of veins. The construction feels great and the predraw confirms the flawless construction, I taste raisin and pepper.
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Straight from the start I taste a full coffee flavor with some earthiness and pepper. There is also a smoky flavor. After half an inch I taste wood, pepper and coffee. The wood slowly grows stronger and far far on the background I taste some dry, very dark, chocolate. The chocolate disappears again and all I taste is wood with herbs. The flavors are mild creamy now.
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After a third I taste creamy chocolate with wood. The herbs are gone, just like the pepper. Halfway I get that typical Oliva sweetness that only an Oliva cigar can produce. The wood, the sweetness, the creaminess all blend together while the pepper makes a comeback. After two thirds the pepper is strong and the cigar gets more spicy. Near the end I get wood, some herbs and a little bit of cacao.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and forty-five minutes and I loved every minute of it. The draw is amazing for a cigar this size and shape. The light gray ash is firm and the burn is fantastic too. The only negative thing I can say is that the smoke could be a tad thicker but if that is all, it is a great cigar. The flavors of the cigar are dry so I got thirsty a lot during smoking. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? A whole box, even with the steep price

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 10 / 10
Draw: 9 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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La Flor Dominicana diadema maduro

Yesterday I smoked the first of the two 9¼x50 La Flor Dominicana Diademas that I got from Litto Gomez. Even though I loved the Natural, made with Dominican binder and filler with a Nicaraguan habano wrapper, the three and a half hour it took for me to finish it was too much so I was dreading smoking the La Flor Dominicana Diadema maduro, which has the same size and blend but with a Nicaraguan ligero maduro habano wrapper. And to think that I have the La Flor Dominicana Digger (8½x60) lined up for tomorrow. Litto Gomez is messing with my daily schedule.
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The cigar looks great, the shape is awesome, the band is simple and doesn’t distract from the shape and the deep dark and oily wrapper that has some spits and veins. The construction is great, better than the La Flor Dominicana Diadema natural which had some soft spots. I taste a mild sweet chocolate and straw smell. The predraw is fine and I taste dry tobacco with some raisin.
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Right from the start I taste a pleasant earthy flavor with coffee but the flavors soon turn for the worst and I taste a nasty tar flavor which fades away soon. I taste a spicy and herbal wood flavor. After an inch I taste spicy and herbal wood with a very tiny bit of chocolate, which disappears just as quickly as it showed up. I taste wood, herbs, an earthy flavor and some pepper.
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After a third I taste some citrus with the wood, the earthy flavor and the herbs. Halfway I taste citrus, wood and herbs with some pepper on the background. Halfway I get surprised by a sweet marzipan flavor with wood and citrus. After two thirds the citrus is getting stronger but the marzipan has disappeared. The citrus fades away a bit and the wood becomes the main flavor with quite some herbs.
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For some reason this cigar had a smoking time which is fifty minutes shorter than the La Flor Dominicana Diadema natural, it took me two hours and forty minutes to finish it. The draw is better than the natural and I got a decent amount of smoke. The white ash is frayed and firm and the burn is beautiful. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No. Again the size is way too much for me and I didn’t like it as much as the natural

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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La Flor Dominicana diadema naturel

Another mega sized release by La Flor Dominicana. After the 6½x54 Airbender maduro and the 8½x60 Digger Litto Gomez decided it was time to go even bigger and create a 9¼ inch long diadema with a ring of 50. The cigar is made of Dominican binder and filler and there are two kinds of wrapper used, one is a Nicaraguan habano, the other is a Nicaraguan habano ligero maduro wrapper. I got both cigars at a meet & greet from Litto Gomez himself and decided to review them. The first La Flor Dominicana Diadema I smoked was the natural.
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The cigar looks great with the fine shape, the simple band and the light colored oily wrapper with veins and wrinkles. The cigar is well rolled although I do feel some soft spots in the construction. The predraw is fine and I taste dry raisin.
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I taste hay with a hint of dry chocolate. After three quarters of an inch I taste hay, wood and some herbs. After an inch the herbs get stronger with some wood and an inch later I mainly taste herbs with just some wood on the background. After a third I also get an earthy flavor with the herbs and wood. Right before halfway I even taste some nut and something mild sweet
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After two thirds I taste sweet wood with a bit of herbs and some spices. The flavors are very nice. A few puffs later I taste a nice toffee or caramel flavor with some pepper, quite some herbs and a bit of wood. The herbs are getting stronger, the cigar is more spicy and the caramel toffee flavor disappears. Near the end I taste more wood and pepper but the cigar becomes less spicy.
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It took me three and a half hours to smoke this cigar. The draw was great and I got a lot of smoke. The gray ash is light colored but not so firm. The burn is pretty. This medium to full flavored and medium to full bodied cigar is way too long for me. I even had to re-cut the cigar because the mouth end was becoming too moist.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No. I liked the flavors and all, but a three and a half hour smoke is too much for me.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Oliva series V small diadema ‘Berlin’

These cigar were made especially for the opening of the Oliva Cigar Lounge in Berlin, last october, but due to a communication error more of these Oliva V Diadema with a unique size were produced than needed. The Oliva Cigar Lounge in Den Bosch managed to buy all the remaining Oliva V small diadema Berlin and sells them in bundles of 25 for € 130.00. Now I lacked the budget to buy a bundle, but a close friend did and gave me a fiver so I could try these. Another friend came by my house and the three of us smoked one, one of us got a major nicotine overdose, and no, it wasn’t me.
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The small diadema is 5¾ inch long and that makes it smaller than the smallest Oliva V diadema, which can be found in the Oliva V sampler. The ring is the same though, 46. The habano wrapper has a nice dark color with a few thin veins. The cigar has a strong barnyard and chocolate smell. The construction feels good, and the cigar is topped with a triple cap. The predraw is a bit hard, I taste raisin and then with a delay a lot of black pepper.
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I taste a non bitter coffee flavor with lots of black pepper and a hint of something chocolate like on the background. After an inch I taste pepper with some sweetness and cedar.
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After a third I taste a lot less pepper, I also taste wood, dim chocolate and some herbs. The woodflavor isn’t cedar anymore but more oak. The dim chocolade flavor disappears soon. After two thirds I taste nuts with wood and pepper.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty five minutes. This full flavored and full bodied cigar gave me enough smoke, although the smoke was a bit thin. The draw and the burn are good. The dark ash is quite firm. The purge gave me a really small and short flame.
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Would I buy this cigar again? For this price, they are a steal.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Oliva series V diadema 6×46

When I met Dave Wagner, national sales manager of the Oliva Cigar Company a few months ago, he told me he always has some Oliva V 6×46 diadema cigars in his pockets as they are his favorite Oliva V’s and they are not a regular production cigar, you will only find them in the Oliva V samplers. We smoked one right on the spot and he gave me a second one for a review, a review you are reading now.
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The cigar has the most beautiful shape, I think that the diadema is the best looking cigar shape out there. I smell the cigar and when I close my eyes I can even see the horses I smell, it’s like I’m in a stable. The construction feels great and the cigar looks awesome with the dark, shiny and oily wrapper. I see a few thing long veins. Dave told me he never punches or cuts a cigar, he pinches the cap and because he gave me this cigar, I pinched the cap too, it worked well. The predraw is fine.
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I taste some earth flavors with pepper and some mild sweet wood. After half an inch the cigar taste like herbs with wood, quite spicy. After an inch I taste wood as main flavor with herbs in the aftertaste, the cigar is mild peppery. The cigar lacks the Oliva V power and pepper but that makes it special and very enjoyable.
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Halfway the pepper disappeared and I taste herbs with wood. The herbs took over as main flavor again. The wood slowly disappears completely and after two thirds all I taste are herbs with some cinnamon, which I love. I also taste some chocolate on the background. The chocolate slowly grows in strength and turns into dark chocolate. The cigar also gets a little bit spicy.
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This cigar was good for an hour and thirty five minutes. The draw is great, the smoke is plenty but a bit thin. The ash is quite dark and quite firm. The burn is beautiful. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? That would be impossible without buying a whole sampler

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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