Cigar Aficionado

Oliva Serie O Churchill
50 50
Tasting Note
Oliva Cigar Co. has considerable tobacco stocks, and its Serie O brand is made with Cuban-seed leaves from the three major growing regions of Nicaragua: Jalapa, Condega and Estelí, where the cigars are rolled. The smoke is delicious, with a salty, earthy flavor punctuated by tasty dried cherries and hints of cocoa and cedar. And it's hard to beat the value—this is a cigar of considerable size (7 inches long with a 50 ring gauge) and it retails for a mere $6.20 a cigar, or $124 for a box of 20. Oliva has had a cigar in our Top 25 every year since 2005, which is a considerable and commendable feat.
Body Medium-Full
Size Churchill
Ring Gauge 50
Length 7"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Nicaragua
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2013
Price $6.20
Designation Top 25 of 2013 | Rank: 11
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2018 | Score: 92

A solidly rolled Churchill that a produces a sweet and spicy smoke layered with touches of chocolate, ground red pepper and a hint of caramel. A complex and balanced smoke.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2016 | Score: 90

The sweet woody notes of this Churchill are balanced by a ginger spiciness and an earthy undertone. The combustion is even, as is the draw.

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

A richly colored Churchill whose perfect draw forms a solid ash. Salty and earth, this cigar grows in complexity offering sweet dried cherry notes, cedar and a touch of dried cocoa.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2011 | Score: 87

The draw on this large cigar is a bit firm and flavors are fairly mild, offering light toasty flavors, pencil lead notes and a cedary finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2010 | Score: 88

Draped in smooth, handsome wrapper, the medium-bodied cigar has a cedary sweet opening that becomes pleasantly tasty and woody. Its burn and draw remain even throughout.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2008 | Score: 90

An attractive Churchill that comes on earthy, oaky and strong, showing some cinnamon and spice notes. A well structured, medium- to full-bodied cigar.

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