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Oliva Serie V Maduro 2018 Double Robusto

Since 2008, Oliva has released a Limited Edition Maduro version of their popular Oliva Series V line. In the first few years, the company changed the wrapper until they found the right Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper and they have used that one since. And in the past, there was a limited Oliva V Maduro exclusively for Europe too. I loved the 2010 Short Robusto, that might be my favorite Oliva Series V Maduro ever.

I bought this cigar in Cigaragua, Amsterdam. Sasja, the owner, said I should really try this even though he knows I usually think that the natural is better than the yearly Maduro when it comes to the Oliva series V. I know he wouldn’t advise this if it really wasn’t as good as the natural, so I am going to give it a try.

The first thing I notice, or not notice might be a better description, is an added ring with either limited edition or Maduro written on it. It would be nice if Oliva would add a second ring, instead of just a little mention ‘Maduro especial’ on the regular ring. Especially with a year on the ring, that might add collector value, especially since the 6×60 Double Toro size is used every year and it’s hard to see which year you have when you don’t keep them in their own box.

The wrapper is dark, toothy, and oily wrapper. It has a vein running over the face of the cigar like a scar but it fits the rough looking, leathery wrapper. The ring is the classic, brown and golden Oliva Series V ring, well printed, nice and shiny. The cigar feels hard. The aroma is deep, strong, manure and charred wood.

The cold draw is good with a peppery raisin flavor. After lighting, I taste coffee, herbs, and pepper. There’s also some powder sugar, mild though. Soon I taste sweet toast, a bit like cinnamon toast. After a centimeter, I taste that cinnamon toast, pepper, and grass. Suddenly I taste some dark chocolate too. The second third starts with wood, spices, pepper, and leather. The final third starts with a strong chocolate flavor.

The draw is good, the smoke is white and good. The salt and pepper colored ash is quite dense and firm. The cigar is medium-full flavored and full bodied. The smoke time is 2 hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? It’s a decent cigar but I prefer the regular Oliva Series V double robusto.

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Oliva serie V Maduro Short Robusto Edición Europa 2010

In 2006 the Nicaraguan cigar producing and tobacco growing family of Oliva and their Oliva Cigar Company, not to be mistaken by the Oliva Tobacco Company who are also tobacco growers but not related, released their strongest cigar to their portfolio, the Oliva Series V and with succes, the torpedo made it into the top 25 of Cigar Aficionado the next year and the blend has been voted in that top 25 for 6 years in a row, an industry record. In 2008 Oliva released a limited edition maduro version of the Series V in a torpedo shape and a Broadleaf wrapper and repeated that in 2009 with a different wrapper, Nicaraguan Habano Maduro this time. In 2010 they changed the size to a 6×54 with yet another another wrapper, Mexican San Andres Maduro and they not only released a limited edition for the USA but also a different size just for the European Market. For Europe they picked a 4 1/2×50 Short Robusto, 1500 boxes of 10 cigars were made. I really loved the 2008 release but wasn’t impressed with the later releases until I smoked this one.


Now this review is not the only one this cigar. I gave a few to Brooks from Halfwheel.com a few years back and he posted a review. The prices mentioned on Halfwheel come from U.K. based websites and the U.K. has crazy taxes. In The Netherlands the cigar had a fixed price tag of €8,50. The cigar has been aging for a minimum of 6 years so the cellophane is discolored from the inside. The band is the normal Oliva serie V band, big, beautiful and printed in my home country of The Netherlands at Vrijdag Printing. The wrapper is dark, toothy, rough and leathery with some veins and it feels leathery. It is not a good looking wrapper when you base it on esthetics but it’s beautifully intimidating. The construction feels good. After a punch I had a tight draw so I made a cut with my xikar butterfly cutter and then the mild spicy cold draw was good. The aroma is thick, rich and deep, reminds me of a horse stable.


I managed to lit the cigar with the last remaining gas in my vintage Ronson and straight away I taste espresso with a lot of cane sugar, it’s like Cuban coffee. After a centimeter the espresso becomes a little milder and the sweetness also toned down a little. The flavors are getting a little toasty though.


Halfway I still taste sweetness but now with more earthy flavors and a little bit of pepper. This Maduro wrapper surely lives up to the ‘Maduro is sweeter’ people always say but it’s not overpowering. After two thirds I get more of a woody flavor with some pepper and the sweetness, which now reminds me of honey.


The smoke from this small cigar is medium thick, not as thick as I like and not as much as I like either so there go some points. The ash on the other hand is amazing, white and very dense. The burn is a little bit off but not enough to correct. The draw is great, but I always expect good draw from Oliva. This cigar is medium plus bodied and medium to full flavored. The smoke time of this enjoyable cigar is close to 90 minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? They are nowhere to be found, its been over 6 years since they were released but I’m glad I bought all the boxes I could find.

Score: 91

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Oliva V maduro 2009

This is another review in the series of cigars that I got from The Longfiller Company in exchange for reviews. After the success of the limited release of the 2008 Oliva V Maduro Oliva released another batch in 2009. Rumors said I would be a lancero, but it turned out that it was another 6 x 52 torpedo, just like the 2008 release. The cigar has a price tag of € 10 in The Netherlands
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The wrapper is nice, dark and oily but has a lot of spots, a bit like chicken skin. The construction is great and I get a great resistance on the predraw. The cigar also has a nice barnyard aroma.
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I taste chocolate and coffee, but it is a different taste than the 2008 V Maduro, less sweet and a bit more meaty. After half an inch I get some sweetness after all and a herbal flavor.
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After an inch and a half the chocolate and herbs gain some strength and the coffee has disappeared. The chocolate is the dominant flavor. Halfway the herbs beat the chocolate and become dominant. At ⅔ the chocolate disappears completely.
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This cigar produces a lot of smoke and a firm, almost white ash. I had a few burn issues at the start, but the burn corrected itself and didn’t cause any concerns later. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked the 2008 better but the 2009 is worth smoking again too

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

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Oliva V churchill

This 7 1/4 inch ring 52 Churchill by Oliva has a beautiful, medium dark, oily wrapper with some minor veins. The construction feels good and when I smell the cigar I notice a mild peppery aroma. The predraw is just fine and leaves a flavor of wood and raisin on my palate. This cigar at least 3 years old, as I bought it 3 years ago and it has been in my humidor at 67%RH since.
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I get a pleasant coffee flavor with a mild leather from the first puffs and after an inch I get some earthy flavors as well with the famous Oliva sweetness but then the coffee disappears.
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After 2 inch the aftertaste is creamy chocolate. Halfway I can taste herbs with some black pepper and the aftertaste are the earthy flavors with some leather, all the other flavors that I mentioned before are gone
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The flavors grow a little in strength and after 2/3rd a freshness joins the herbal flavors. The herbal flavors are slowly becoming the dominant flavors and the freshness stays until I have to put the cigar in the ashtray to die a peaceful death.

 

The draw is flawless and the burn is almost as straight as an arrow. The cigar produces a lot of smoke, which is white but with a bluish glare to it. The ash is almost white. I would call this cigar full bodied and medium to full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a very good cigar.

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

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Oliva V lancero

This Oliva V lancero has been aging in my humidor for little over 2 years and I finally decided to light this 7 x 38. The V series is a Nicaraguan puro with some specially fermented Jalapa valley ligero and a nice dark, oily and almost vein less smooth Habano sun grown wrapper. The construction feels good, like you can expect with any Oliva. The predraw is just fine and tells me what I can expect from this cigar: pepper, lots of pepper. The aroma is a mild acidy barnyard smell.
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The first flavor is a full, strong peppery leather flavor. The white pepper flavor is strong and pungent but fortunately it becomes tolerable after a bit and the leather flavor is better noticeable. The pepper still is the dominant flavor though.
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After 2 inch, when the leather has gone, I can taste some chocolate but again, covered in a lot of white pepper. Halfway the chocolate is replaced by some wood, wood that grows a bit in strength at the 2/3rd mark but still loses the battle with the pepper.
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I get a lot of beautiful thick white smoke from this cigar. The ash is light gray but not very firm. The draw is fine and so is the burn.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I will stick to the other vitolas of the Oliva V series; the lancero is too much of a pepper bomb for me

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

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Oliva serie V torpedo

A beautiful oily Habano sun grown wrapper with a deep aroma, like hay but with a little sweetness that comes in a 6 inch size and a 56 ring gauge. The filler is a ligero from the Jalapa valley.
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The cigar has a typical Oliva flavor, something you can even taste in their budget lines even though there is a huge difference between all the lines. The V is the strongest of their lines and this torpedo has a flavor of black pepper and leather. The leather is slowly growing in strength and towards the end the cigar gains power and the leather is accompanied by some toast.
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This torpedo missed the complexity of the belicoso; the flavor is consistent but not really complex. The smoke is full, thick and plenty, the ash is close to white.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I think I will stick to the belicoso of the V series
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Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 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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Oliva V belicoso

This cigar has a great appearance, very jaunty with its nice shape but small size of 127mm and ring 54. A nice oily wrapper and a heavy aroma. This promises to be a full bodied cigar, and it feels well constructed with a pepper flavor in the fine predraw.
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It’s like setting fire to a can of black pepper with some leather on the background, but soon the leather picks up and grows but after about 2 centimeters there is a hint of chocolate. Then the pepper is back and how, strong, full of flavor. Halfway there is some sweetness in the pepper soon to be replaced with chocolate and nuts. Near the end the nuts gets stronger while the pepper fades away.
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The smoke is thick and the ash is silvergray. The draw and burn are very good.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, a complete case, soon!
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Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Oliva V lancero

The thinnest cigar of the Oliva V series, a very elegant ring 38 178 mm long lancero has a nice wrapper with lots of small veins which make the cigar look natural and real and the aroma of a barnyard. The cigar feels well constructed, a bit on the hard side though while the predraw is very light. I don’t usually smoke cigars this thin, so my judgment could be a bit false.
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The leather aroma is very much like the leather that you get from most Cuban cigars, stronger then the Dominican leather but there is something more that makes it a bit salty and soon black pepper kicks in. After a while I can taste some coffee soon to be replaced again by the leather.
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This cigar produces lots of smoke with nice light grey ashes. The burn is a bit crooked and the draw is light, a bit too light for my taste.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, it is a nice cigar but I prefer a bigger ringsize
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Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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