Oliva Serie O Perfecto Cigar Review

by Jesse on August 13, 2007

Brand: Oliva CigarsOliva Serie O Perfecto Cigar
Line: Serie O
Vitola: Perfecto 5 x 55
Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Sun-Grown Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan Habano
Body: Full
Strength: Medium-Full
Box Price:
$99.00 (Box of 20) Buy it now.

Description: The Serie O is a Nicaraguan Puro. It uses the same tobacco grown in 3 different regions of the country; Esteli, Condega and Jalapa Valley. Depending on which region it came from, the tobacco takes on unique flavors and characteristics native to that region. After aging five years, the result is a smooth, full-bodied and complex cigar.

Construction of this cigar is superb. Even with the unique figurado shape the cigar had an easy draw from start to finish. The wrapper had the typical smooth oily sheen of a Sun-Grown cigar with a hint of cedar in the aroma, still lingering from my humidor. It started out with a bit of a grassy flavor that wasn’t unenjoyable, but not exactly desirable. Fortunately that lasted only for a few minutes, and as the cigar warmed up it took on some richer flavors. Coffee, leather and cedar stays consistent throughout the cigar while other spices come and go through the course of the smoke. Normally the leathery flavor isn’t my favorite, but the cedar, pepper, and touch of cinnamon complimented it nicely. The ash was nice and firm and even at two inches, I couldn’t shake it free. It ended nicely with a warm spicy flavor that didn’t leave any bitterness or bad after taste in my mouth.

Verdict: I’m typically not the biggest fan of Sun-Grown wrappers, but this cigar may change my mind. If I found a good deal, I’d be willing to pick up a box and plan on keeping a few singles on hand. What I’m most impressed by, is the construction and flavor complexity in this cigar.

Similar Cigars: Most of the other Sun-Grown cigars I’ve had were not as Full-Bodied at this one. If you enjoy either the Rocky Patel Sun Grown or Cuesta-Rey Centro Fino Sun Grown, I think you would like this cigar as well. Please leave a comment if you have other suggestions.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Luke August 14, 2007 at 11:00 am

This is one of my favorites.

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Jesse August 14, 2007 at 11:07 am

I’ve been impressed with just about everything Oliva is making at the moment. Over the next couple of weeks I need to review their G & O Maduro and the Speical S. I’m also going to try some of their bundled cigars when I get the chance.

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Jesse August 14, 2007 at 2:03 pm

These are on sale at Tinder Box currently. I just noticed that a few minutes ago.

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Myke October 23, 2008 at 11:17 pm

Hmm, I found it to get increasingly bitter from the 2nd 3rd till the nub, that lingered in the mouth and I really do not enjoy that. Even if it was just a bad gar.. I’m not willing to give it another shot.

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