Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 52
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Broadleaf Sun-Grown (Ecuador)
Filler : Nicaraguan Habano
Binder : Nicaraguan Ligero
Price : $12 each
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Oliva Master Blends III (also known as Liga Maestra - "master blend" in Spanish) is the third release in Oliva's limited Master Blend series. It uses an Ecuadorian sun-grown wrapper and Nicaraguan filler and binder which are all supposed to be grown in limited quantities, thus the supply is limited although no exact numbers can be found.
The photographs, taken by Richard Cordero, give you an opportunity to view the cigar from every angle. As you can see, it has a pure brown wrapper with a couple of visible veins. Very good job on the band which I find very attractive. So far, I'd consider $12 well-spent.
As it is the case with the Oliva Serie V, the construction is beyond reproach. The ash is very firm and the cigar produces as much smoke as I can handle. Needless to say, the burn and the draw do not disappoint.
The pre-draw offers considerable quantities of spice and it comes as no surprise when the first pulls turn out to be quite peppery with a subtle sweet aftertaste. After the initial spice kick, the Liga Maestra delivers round chocolate and coffee flavors - they constitute the first third's palette. In the second third, there is slightly less spice whereas woody flavors progressively appear. The smoke can be called full-bodied at this point. The flavors become more powerful and intense as I advance, the bouquet is very complex. There was no harshness at all at the finish, I almost nubbed this cigar.
Considering the fact that most 'premium' torpedos are in this range, the price tag does not look outrageous. However, it's still over $10 per stick and I won't be smoking this one everyday.
Overall Rating :
Oliva Master Blends 3 is a very good cigar. Is it twice as good as the Oliva Serie V though? I wouldn't say so. For the great price/quality ratio, if I were to buy a box, I'd take the Serie V. Nevertheless, the MB3 definitely worth trying out in a 5-pack for example.