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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Oliva/ Studio Tabac Serie V Liga Especial Double Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Neal (ntanner)
83
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Oliva Serie V Double Robusto.  Some of the hype surrounding the cigar: "Also known as 'Ligero Especial', the Serie V from Oliva cigars is an enchanting Nicaraguan puro chock full of flavorful goodness. On the outside, a beautiful Habano Sun Grown wrapper glistens with oils. Thick and smooth as silk, this impressive leaf conceals a powerful, yet balanced and smooth blend of aged Nicaraguan ligero from the Jalapa Valley of Nicaragua. The Oliva Serie "V" cigar is full-bodied and full-flavored, offering layers of coffee, spice, and tobacco flavors, with a touch of dark, unsweetened chocolate on the finish.  This cigar has been generously sponsored by our member Jarred (lumberjack).  Thanks very much for your generosity Jarred!

Length:
5
Ring Gauge:
54
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Full
Shape:
Robusto

This cigar was enjoyed with Coffee

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

The wrapper has a nice sheen and is relatively smooth with only a couple small vein's. The cap is well applied and cut's well. The cigar is solid from foot to cap and the wrapper has a rich earthy aroma. There is some pretty major variation in color from the foot to the cap.

Light & Burn: 10 Points of 15 Possible

It was a little difficult to get an even toast and the burn was off pretty much the whole way through. The ash was fairly solid and almost completely grey in color but it kept dropping small bit's as a finger would burn down. The burn rate was nice and slow and never got hot and smoke production was good.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

After cutting the initial couple of prelite puff's felt a little tight but it opened up after toasting and was good for the entire smoke. The wrapper was a nice looking leaf with a good sheen but went from a almost natural color at the foot to a solid maduro at the cap. There were a couple of vein's but nothing to really detract from the cigar.

Flavor: 28 Points of 45 Possible

This one starts off with a strong spice and some berry note's and a slight vanilla hint then it changed up to a nice earthy tobacco note as the lead flavor then a leather and toast note. Nice complexity in the first third.
     An increase in sweetness marks the start of the second third along with hint's of chocolate and then the deep tobacco core comes back. The aromatic's are very nice with a toasty leather hint.
      The last third has a morph of the chocolate into a mocha and a slightly creamy texture to the smoke. Some leather hint's are also making another pass through the flavor's.

Summary

This was a nice looking cigar with good complexity and nice flavor's. It burned slow and cool and was a good smoke producer. It did have some burn issues from starting with a difficult toasting to burning in a ragged fashion from start to finish and shedding ash on me the whole way, but those thing's aside, it was still an enjoyable smoke and one I would definitely pick up a few more to have on hand.



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