Oliva “O” Bold Omni (Old Embroidered Band)

Oliva “O” Bold Omni

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 6.0″ x 46
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ?
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So there I was minding my own business, walking out to the mailbox to get the latest pile of junk that had been delivered so I could throw it all in my trash (I hate junk mail), when… KABLAM! I open the mailbox just to get “smacked” by a fine Brother of the Leaf over at The Herf Hut Cigar Forum. It came out of the clear blue sky. I was a victim of a sneak attack by Smokinson. In this random act of generosity was a selection of excellent smokes, two of which jumped out at me immediately.

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Oliva Master Blends 3 Churchill

Oliva Master Blends 3 Churchill

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 7.0″ x 50
Wrapper : Sun-Grown Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan Ligero
Binder : Nicaraguan Habano
Hand-Made
Price : $11 each
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The third installment of the limited Master Blends release from Oliva, the Master Blends 3 doesn’t seem to be all that limited. I had heard it is now a regular production cigar and it certainly seems that way given that they seem to be abundantly available. It kind of goes against the whole premise that the Master Blends were predicated on, using limited supplies of very high quality tobacco, they were never intended to be regular production cigars. It seems something has changed…

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Oliva Special “S” Torpedo

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Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6.0″ x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Filler : Nicaraguan Habano
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each

The Oliva Special S is the Oliva’s top shelf offering in their regular production lines. The limited production Master Blends are the other top shelf line from the Olivas. One thing I noticed on the Oliva site is that they have an aging recommendation for their cigars. The Special S apparently should be aged for five years. I find this a little strange, because to the best of my knowledge Oliva does not date their boxes. I could be wrong because I haven’t bought a whole box of Oliva’s since I bought my box of the original Master Blends several years ago. However, if I’m right and they do not date their boxes, the aging recommendation seems kind of silly to me because there is no real way to know how old the cigars are at the time of purchase. I guess you’d have to start counting from when you bought them. Anyway, as far as I know, this Special S is nowhere near 5 years old. It has been in my humidor for about 2 months.

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Oliva Serie O Toro

Oliva Serie O Toro

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 152 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
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Although less pleasant than the Serie V (IMO), I enjoyed the Oliva Serie O Toro, an attractive Nicaraguan puro. Beautifully constructed and with decent flavors, this stick is yet another excellent creation by Oliva Cigars.

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Oliva Serie V Torpedo

Oliva Serie V Torpedo

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 152 x 22 mm
Ring : 56
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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Oliva Serie V Torpedo was probably the cigar that I was expecting the most. Not only because it was rated 94 by Cigar Aficionado, but also due to the fact that it has received a lot of positive press among bloggers (you can check out this great review by lucky7) and it was described just like a cigar that I might fall in love with - something between medium- and full-bodied, with rich flavors of pepper, wood and coffee. And, indeed, I found this stick close to perfect.

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Oliva Serie V Double Robusto

Oliva Serie V Double Robusto

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaraguan
Format : Double Robusto
Size : 5″ x 54
Wrapper : Habano Sun Grown
Filler : Jalapa Valley Ligero
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
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The newest offering from the Oliva Family is the Serie V Ligero Especial. This cigar has taken the industry by storm receiving glowing reviews from enthusiasts and professionals alike, even scoring a 94 in Cigar Aficionado (the vitola that got a 94 was the torpedo; the double robusto scored a 92).

Serie V is a complex blend of Nicaraguan long filler tobaccos. Blended with specially fermented Jalapa Valley ligero, and finished with a high priming Habano Sun Grown Wrapper.

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