It has been quite a while since I posted a review here. A long time ago I posted so many that I got burned out and ran out of things to say. I am prompted to post this review because of how highly I regard this particular cigar. First of all let me say that the long lancero is my favorite size. Not the fashion I know, the tend seems to be for much fatter cigars. Next I will say that in my opinion the Oliva Seris V Lancero is without a doubt consistently the best cigar I have ever smoked. I have been smoking cigars for well over 40 years at this pont to the tune of 2 - 3 a day. I have smoked everything from cheap bundles to the rarest of vintage Cubans and most everything in between. I have certainly not tried every brand made, but I have given it a good run. I will repeat that, for me, this cigar is the best. So despite having gone through many boxes of this smoke, let me review the one I had last night.
The appearance was absolutely perfect. Dark oily wrapper and impeccably constructed. The unlit aroma was deep and earthy with a very slight somewhat floral quailty and some distant vanilla. I was reticent to even light this beauty Once clipped the draw was right on the money. Long slender cigars can be somewhat problematic in this department. I have tossed a good many Cohiba Lanceros due to an umanageable draw. Before lighting I just sipped some air through it and enjoyed that rich taste. Now on to ignition. The first puff was rich and round and full. It filled my mouth and just kept expanding with a powerful creamy flavor. As I proceeded further coffee and spice emerged, spice, but not pepper. I suppose that one would call this a full bodied cigar, but it is lacking in the unbridled raw power that passes for full bodied these days. I believe there is a big difference between a full flavor and a just plain STRONG cigar. This Oliva V has a finesse and depth that goes way beyond simply strong. I like to smoke this cigar with a glass of Jim Beam on the rocks. A good complement to each other. I smoked this baby to the nub.
It is hard for me to describe a great cigar without comparing it to another great cigar. So I would compare the flavor profile to the Bolivar Coronas that I remember from the mid 70's. I know that taste is subjective and I certainly cannot predict that you will have the same reaction that I did. However, this is a cigar that is well worth trying and at a price point that is not totally ridiculous.