Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo

Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo

Oliva CigarsOrigin : 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.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★½
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.

Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo
Construction : Rating: ★★★★★
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.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★½
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.

Value : Rating: ★★★★☆
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 : Rating: ★★★★½
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.