March 29, 2011
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Presidente
Size : 8 x 52
Wrapper : Indonesia
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$2.60
The Oliva family has a long history of making cigars, but the journey began in 1886 when Melanio Oliva began growing tobacco in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba. Today, Melanio’s grandson Gilberto Oliva grows Cuban-seed tobacco in Nicaragua.
Appearance : [rating:3/5]
At eight inches long with a ring gauge of 52, the Flor De Oliva is imposing. The light brown Sumatra wrapper has some small and medium veins, but the texture is fairly smooth and even. After looking the cigar over, the only glaring aesthetic faux pas is the extremely glossy, stridently bright, and multicolored band.
Construction : [rating:2.5/5]
The cigar does not possess a completely uniform pack; however, there are no unforgivable lumps or soft spots. A glance at the foot shows a few small gaps in the filler. The cap is applied crooked but is generous enough to facilitate a worry-free cut. Overall, the cigar burns evenly, produces a substantial volume of smoke, and has a slightly loose draw.
Flavor : [rating:2/5]
The pre-light draw tastes sweet with a light spice. After lighting, subtly sweetened woody notes dominate the palate with a toasty but slightly cloying finish. A nutty flavor expresses itself after a few draws, but the cigar remains simple with a medium body.
Value : [rating:3.5/5]
Despite the simple flavor, the Flor De Oliva Presidente lasts over two hours at a price point of under three dollars.
Overall Rating : [rating:2.5/5]
This bulky Presidente furnishes the smoker with a simple and sweet medium bodied flavor that is not hindered by construction issues. Though underwhelming, its length and simplicity make this cigar ideal for the golf course.
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June 8, 2012
I have found the Flor de Oliva maduros to be a excellent value. Great flavor, burns reasonably well and costs only a few dollars more. I have found few if any value cigars that approach the maduro line.
April 2, 2011
I had the same issues as Robsar with this cigar as well.
March 29, 2011
This used to be my “everyday” cigar until I started having problems with splitting. I checked the moisture level religiously and still had this problem with about 50% of he time. Tried other bundles and at different months and stores, same problem. I finally switched.
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