When Oliva Cigar Co. renovated its Nicaraguan Tabacalera Oliva S.A. factory in 2019—casually referred to as Tabolisa I—the company set out to improve quality control, working conditions and productivity. Three years later, Oliva looks back on this achievement by creating a box of cigars modeled after the factory itself. Called Tabolisa Uno, the replica boxes contain 10 Oliva Serie V Double Robustos made in 2019 that were set aside specifically for this project.
These aged smokes were part of the first 10,000 cigars ever produced in the Tabolisa I factory when it re-opened in 2019 (Tabolisa II is an auxiliary facility that produces cigars as well). Now that the Double Robustos are three years old, Oliva is releasing them in this novel packaging. Only 1,000 boxes of 10 will be produced. Each cigar comes in its own individual coffin.
There’s no exact launch date for Tabolisa Uno, but Oliva anticipates them hitting the market in late summer or early fall with a suggested retail price of $170. That averages to $17 per cigar, although this is meant to be sold as an entire package.
The Oliva Serie V Double Robusto measures 5 inches by 54 ring gauge and is made with an all-Nicaraguan blend including ligero tobacco from Jalapa and a high-priming, sun-grown wrapper. They tend to score well in Cigar Aficionado blind tastings and normally register as medium to full-bodied in strength.
The Oliva Cigar Co. is owned by J. Cortès Cigars N.V., a private, family-owned business based in Zwevegem, Belgium, that purchased Oliva in 2016.