Brand: Oliva Cigars
Line: Serie O
Vitola: Perfecto 5 x 55
Wrapper: Sun-Grown Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan Habano
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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