I have smoked a few Oliva Serie V double robustos but I have never got around to reviewing one until today. First things first, this is a GORGEOUS looking cigar. Almost no visible seems on the deep tan sun grown Habano wrapper adorned with a very classy brown and gold embossed label with subtle red highlights. Just looking at this cigar screams luxury. The smell is a strong barnyard with a subtle sweetness which draws you in with pure anticipation. I gotta smoke this baby right now! It should be noted that I let this cigar sit in my humidor for well over a year so it should be prime for smoking.
After toasting and lighting the first draw reveals super luxurious flavors of dark coa coa and aged tobacco. The draw is very nice with a slight resistance and the smoke output is fantastic! Tons of creamy white smoke billow from your mouth as you smoke this beauty of a cigar. I’m clearly picking up a strong hazelnut flavor on the after taste with just a slight pepper spice on the very finish.
Oliva is one of the big players in the cigar business and they make many cigars for other cigar companies but the Serie V is one of their own flagship cigars and they have certainly done themselves proud with this offering. As I progress into the first third of this cigar one thing that’s obvious right away is this is a slow burning cigar. Oliva has made sure you will get your monies worth with the Serie V, which frankly is pretty cheap coming in at around $8 per stick. This is a great value in the ultra premium cigar market.
The burn on this cigar is marvelous. It’s not razor sharp but autocorrects itself along the way and produces a very nice white ash. This cigar is full bodied and medium to full in the strength department (the nicotine kick). When moving into the second half of this cigar the flavors remain constant and the only change being a subtle anise flavor shows up. I’ve noticed a similar anise flavor with most of the other Oliva made cigars. I would not call this cigar complex like you might say about a Padron Anniversario but a cigar doesn’t necessarily need to be complex to be a great smoke. What the Oliva Serie V lacks in complexity it gives back satisfying constant flavor.
- Gorgeous appearance
- Great vitola
- Pleasant flavor
- Not complex
- Some anise flavors