Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 09 December 2013

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Today I am giving you the skinny on two cigars - we will start with the Oliva Serie V Maduro 2012 and end with the Tatuaje Reserva SW. Let's see how they measured up!

Oliva Serie V Maduro 2012

The Oliva Serie V is the fifth cigar in an annual line of Serie V cigars, coming out of the Tabacalera Oliva de Nicaragua S.A. factory in Nicaragua. The series began back in 2008 with the introduction of the Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial, which featured a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and weighed in at 6 1/2 x 52. This was followed up by the Especial 2009 of the same size, but with a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper. The 2010 version came in a 6x54 and introduced the Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper, which the company stuck with ever since. In fact, the only difference between the 2011 model and the 2012 is the date the cigars were rolled - even the format is the same.

The Oliva Serie V Maduro 2012, like its predecessor, measures a solid 6x50 (it seems like the line is getting a smaller format over time). It has a filler of Nicaraguan Jalapa tobacco. The binder also features Nicaraguan leaf, and, as mentioned above, a Mexican San Andres wrapper envelopes the stogie. The cigar is advertised as a medium-body smoke.

I like the look of the Serie V Maduro 2012, though I can't say there is anything overtly attractive or ugly about it - it falls somewhere in the middle. It has a lush brown color with some mottling and red tones throughout. There are some minor veins and a slight oiliness, but not enough to really give it a sheen. It is constructed fairly well, feeling firm under my fingers, but not too firm - there is a little bit of give to the squeeze. I can detect some sweetness and spice in the aroma that makes me think it will be a flavorful cigar. I confirm this with a cold taste, which highlights some earth and chocolate notes as well.

The Serie V Maduro 2012 lights up without a hitch and produces a fair amount of smoke. It has a solid draw and only required a touch up or two about two thirds of the way through. It has a solid ash profile that builds for a good inch and a half.

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