Oliva Serie V Melanio

OVM001Make: Oliva

Size: Petit Corona

Length: 4 1/2″

Gauge: 46

Country: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

The wrapper is a toothy dark chestnut brown. A neatly box pressed petit corona shows a perfect give when lightly squeezed and the foot is nicely packed. The bunch shows a lovely array of colours, lots of dark tobacco. The standard Oliva V band accompanied by a second band that reads “Melanio Gran Reserva Limitada” gives it a very classy appearance. I clip the cap and the cold draw produces some spicy pepper and wood flavours.

Once lit those pepper, and cedar notes carry over. I begin to get a sweetness like licorice, specifically “Goodies” candy. Some nice peanut flavours are also present but very subtle during the opening, while a nice salty finish closes it out. The burn is sharp and the ash holds well, it’s colour similar to freshly poured concrete.

OVM002The second third keeps those nut flavours. The pepper remains, but the finish is a very salty taste. Reminds me of a Cuban brand I love. The cigar is really full strength and full bodied. Towards the transition to the final third I begin to taste some earthen notes, like top soil. So far, a fantastic little smoke, I wish it was longer as the strength is picking up a bit now.

The final third is quite enjoyable but does get a bit warm at times. Nuts, soil and pepper contribute to a fabulous cigar and quite complex flavours present that you don’t find in the standard Oliva V. The burn has remained sharp and ash holding with ease. I very much enjoyed the cigar, and even though it does not sound complex, the nature in which these flavours come together is very much so.

Over all a great cigar, while a bit higher priced then other cigars of a similar size it’s a premium cigar and in my opinion deserves the price tag. Huge smoke production and fantastic flavours make this a nice short format cigar.

Final Score 89/100

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