A new version of the Oliva Serie V Melanio is coming out later this week, but it’s only for international markets, and shouldn’t last for very long in the retail chain.
The Oliva Serie V Melanio Diadema Edición Limitada 2019 will be unveiled at the Intertabac fair in Dortmund, Germany, that takes place September 20 to 22. The trade show has evolved into the biggest cigar industry show outside the United States, one where Cuban and non-Cuban cigars vie for the attention of international retailers and distributors, most of them from Europe.
The new cigar is the third Melanio limited edition, made with the same blend as before (Nicaraguan filler and binder, Ecuador Sumatra wrapper) but a new shape. Unlike standard Melanios, which are box pressed, these were rolled in the round with a tapered foot. The head is round as well.
The cigar will be sold “everywhere except the U.S.,” said Brian Shaprio, director of international sales for Oliva Cigar Co. Measuring 6 3/4 inches by 48 ring gauge, they will sell for roughly 18 to 22 euros ($20 to $24) per cigar, depending on the market. The cigars come in boxes of 10, with production limited to approximately 2,500 boxes, or 25,000 cigars.
The Oliva Serie V Melanio is the crown jewel of Oliva Cigars and made in Nicaragua at the Tabolisa factory. The Melanio Figurado was named Cigar Aficionado’s 2014 Cigar of the Year, with a rating of 96 points.
Oliva Cigar Co. is owned by J. Cortez Cigars N.V., a Belgian tobacco company that acquired Oliva in 2016.