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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Oliva/ Studio Tabac Serie V Liga Especial Double Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brad (Longhorn)
94
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 Iced Tea

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

The unlit cigar had a chocolate brown wrapper with some very light veining near the foot.  The wrapper did not have as much oil as advertised and actually appeared slightly dry.  There were a few shiny spots which undoubtedly was left over from the glue used when putting the final leaf on.  The cigar was firm and had plenty of heft - this stick could take a drop to the floor with nary a nick to show for it.  The cap was well positioned on the head of the cigar and appeared to be doubled. Only a slight rounding at the top and slightly flat.

Light & Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

Wow!  The burn was razor sharp throughout.  After I lit it with a cedar spill, it burned steady holding the heat even when I put it down for a couple of minutes.  the ash was very solid and I could have probably smoked it to the nub without having to ash it.  The ash was a mottled gray with dark flecks throughout.  While it didn't produce a Liga Privada kind of smoke trail, it was enough. At rest, there was little to no smoke visible.  No relights or touch ups required - just a consistent, well paced burn.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

As noted above, the construction was very good.  The head did not unravel even after clenching in my teeth throughout the smoke. The wrapper held well - no cracks, splits, or slightest sign of unraveling. The draw was a little tighter than I normally like, but not enough to poke another hole through it.

Flavor: 33 Points of 45 Possible

This cigar approaches a full on bold.  The flavors were quite complex with hints of coffee bean, earthiness, and the ever present "pinch" of pepper.  The finish was exceedingly long and I picked up hints of dark chocolate and espresso.  About half way through the smoke I noticed hints of black cherries (I would have added the "taste of currents", but I have no idea what they taste like!)  The final inch turned very bold and the concentration of pepper became too strong to retrohale without causing discomfort.

Summary

First, a thank you to Jarred for sponsoring this review!  I thoroughly enjoyed this cigar and will add some to my humidor.  The strength and size of the vitola make it a perfect choice as an after dinner treat - especially when BBQ or other read meats are on the menu.  Definitely not a cigar to start your evening with - unless you're planning nothing but bold smokes!  Great cigar!



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