The Oliva Serie V line has been one of the most critically acclaimed cigar releases of the past several years, making our Top 25 list six times, including this appearance. (In 2009, the Oliva Serie V Liga Especial Belicoso ranked No. 5 on our list.) The Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial is a Nicaraguan smoke that originates from the Oliva family behind Oliva Cigar Co. They grow considerable amounts of tobacco as well as making quite a few cigars. The maduro is harder to find than the original Serie V, and it comes in only one size, a 6 by 54 torpedo. The maduro debuted in October 2008, and like the other Serie Vs it is an exceptional smoke. It is very rich and balanced, with coffee notes and sweet, nougat flavors that build to a pleasantly woody finish.