Cigar Aficionado

Oliva Serie V Belicoso
Belicoso
92
points
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
54 54
Medium-Full
Medium-Full
Tasting Note
Enrobed in a dark, pristine wrapper, this small figurado shows rich notes of earth and spicy leather, interwoven with nutty touches of cashews and molasses.
Body Medium-Full
Size Figurado
Ring Gauge 54
Length 5"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Nicaragua
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Oct 01, 2017
Price $8.36
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2018 | Score: 95

Ten years ago, Oliva Cigar Co. released its Serie V, which was the strongest, most full-bodied cigar the company ever created. But it was also impressive in its ability to render layers of richness and complexity in spite of its power. Ten years later, we found ourselves with the same excellent product. It's difficult enough to maintain such quality and consistency, but even more of an accomplishment when you consider this: Oliva has been acquired by a larger company. In 2016, Oliva Cigar was bought by European cigarmaker J. Cortés Cigars N.V., who wanted a premium brand in its portfolio. Naturally, there were concerns about the Oliva cigars changing and quality suffering. Luckily for the cigar-smoking world, J. Cortés kept Oliva president José Oliva on board after the acquisition, to help ensure that quality was maintained. So far, the change has been seamless and the Serie V remains remarkable for its ability to convey high volumes of flavor, especially at such a low price point. The blend is centered around strong, ligero tobacco from Nicaragua's Jalapa Valley and a high-priming wrapper to complete the taste profile, which is rich in earth, leather and spice though balanced with a sweet touch of molasses.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 20, 2017 | Score: 92

Enrobed in a dark, pristine wrapper, this small figurado shows rich notes of earth and spicy leather, interwoven with nutty touches of cashews and molasses.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Oct 08, 2013 | Score: 89

Elegantly rolled with a four-seam cap, this tiny torpedo is a powerhouse from the first puffs, smacking of strong black pepper and a punch of spicy wasabi.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2013 | Score: 92

Oliva had power and richness in mind when it first released the Serie V in 2007, but the company aimed for complexity as well. Made with a dark, high-priming wrappers and Nicaraguan filler, this cigar loads the palate with flavor. The Belicoso is also strikingly well made— pristine wrappers, symmetrical taper and absolutely no soft spots along the body of the cigar. The draw is lush and substantial despite the copious amounts of tobacco. Much of the cigar’s strength is drawn from ligero culled from Nicaragua’s Jalapa valley, a growing region known for producing powerful tobacco. Like wine, the quality and character of tobacco can vary from crop to crop and while Serie V cigars have registered in the past as being full of coffee and cocoa, this year’s Belicoso has a pro- foundly savory character that leaves distinct impressions of leather and nuts with a sweet, spicy undertone.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2012 | Score: 91

Topped with a pointy tip, this oily belicoso holds a solid, near-black ash as it burns. Flavors of dried fruit and molasses become fuller bodied, with coffee bean notes.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 19, 2012 | Score: 91

Topped with a pointy tip, this oily belicoso holds a sol- id, near-black ash as it burns. Flavors of dried fruit and molasses become fuller bodied, with coffee bean notes.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2009 | Score: 90

This belicoso is perfectly rolled with an oily wrapper and very pointy tip. The draw is notably firm, but the burn is even. It has a powerful, full-bodied opening full of meaty, nutty flavors as well as some sweetness. The finish is floral.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2008 | Score: 89

A dark and chunky torpedo full of strong tobacco, cedar and spice notes, but it burns a bit hot. Very full bodied.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 11, 2007 | Score: 87

This mini torpedo draws well, giving off a pleasant aroma as it burns. Its flavors are mostly woody with tangy undertones throughout.

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