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Wednesday, 05 December 2012

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olivamelanio1Two solid cigars are up for review today, beginning with the Oliva Serie V Melanio Churchill and ending with the My Father Flor de las Antillas Robusto.

Oliva Serie V Melanio Churchill

The Oliva Serie V is quite the popular line, as it has received high ratings from cigar publications and fans alike.  Heck, the Serie V Special V Figurado was the most popular cigar as reviewed by Puff members over the past year.  The Serie V Melanio is the latest addition to the Serie V line.  It debuted in August at the IPCPR show and eventually made its way into stores quickly after.   As for the cigars name, it was used to honor Melanio Oliva – the first member of the Oliva cigar family to grow tobacco back in the 1800s in Cuba.  Now that you know a little background on the cigar, let’s light up one of its Churchill offerings.

The Oliva Serie V Melanio Churchill is the largest cigar in the line and measures 7 x 50.  Other offerings in the line include the 4 1/2 x 46 Petit Corona, 5 x 52 Robusto, 6 1/2 x 52 Figurado, and the 6 1/2 x 52 Torpedo.  The Serie V Melanio has a filler blend of Nicaraguan Habano Ligero tobacco from the nation’s Jalapa region.  The binder is also Nicaraguan, and an Ecuadorian Sumatra Seed wrapper completes the composition.  In terms of strength, the Serie V Melanio is said to be full-bodied.

Looking at the Serie V Melanio Churchill, I can definitely say that this is a highly attractive cigar.  The elegant bands are brown, gold, and red in color and look fantastic up against the chocolate brown wrapper.  The top band showcases the Oliva Serie V name, while the one beneath it carries the Melanio label.  The wrapper looks smooth and only has minor veins.  The box-pressed shape of the Melanio looks terrific as well.  Touching the cigar reveals that it is not only smooth, but also well-packed with tobacco from head to toe.  There’s a sweet aroma prior to lighting, while the cold taste is chocolaty.

The Serie V Melanio Churchill lights with no problems and puts out plenty of thick smoke.  The draw is good and I have no issues in terms of the burn other than a couple of touch-ups midway through.  The gray ash holds solid.

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