OLIVA SERIE V MELANIO ROBUSTO

OLIVA SERIE V MELANIO ROBUSTO


Many will remember that the Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado was named Cigar of the Year in 2014. The brand continues its trajectory of excellence with the Robusto. It's a far more compact format, and perhaps more approachable, as not everyone is inclined to light up a large double figurado as their everyday smoke. The blend is centered around a Sumatra-seed wrapper grown in Ecuador paired with Nicaraguan tobacco. This combination isn't terribly common in the premium cigar world, but the Oliva Cigar Co. seems to understand the tobaccos and how they fit together for harmony and balance. Earlier in 2016, Oliva Cigar Co. was acquired by J. Cortez Cigars N.V., a Belgian tobacco company that wanted a premium cigar operation in its portfolio. Now they have one. Assurances have been made that nothing will change under the new ownership, and that J. Cortes will maintain Oliva's high standards. We certainly hope so. With the Oliva Serie V Melanio, they now have an extraordinary cigar blend on their hands. The smoke is silky, sweet and, at times intense with toast and cedar. The brand name commemorates Melanio Oliva, who first grew tobacco in Cuba in the 1800s.

SCORE
94
points
COUNTRY
Nicaragua
GAUGE
52 52
STRENGTH
Medium
Medium

Details

Body: Medium


Size: Robusto


Ring Gauge: 52


Length: 5"


Filler: Nicaragua


Binder: Nicaragua


Wrapper: Ecuador


Issue Cigar Aficionado – January 1, 2017


Price: $9.74


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94
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Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2017

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Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale