Cigar Review: Gilberto Oliva Reserva

Basic Information: Gilberto Oliva Reserva

Producer – Oliva Cigars

Size – Churchill

Wrapper – Indonesian Sumatra

Tobacco Blend – Nicaragua

Pricing – $5.40

Body – Medium

Construction/Appearance:

​The cigar is single banded with gold, bronze and red. The wrapper is light tan in color with a few veins and minimal tight seams. The cigar is finished with a double cap.

Pre-Light:

Aroma –Sweetness and cedar.

Type of Cut – Straight

Cold Draw – Sweet Cedar and Raisin

After Toast: 

First third – Wood and nutty notes come with a slight baking spice almost like a nutmeg. Turns into a light coffee flavor about halfway through the third.  Mild to medium body start.

Second Third – ​ The flavors get real earthy and leather like in this third. The spice still has a heavy presence on the finish. Body picks up to a solid medium.  ​ ​​

Final Third – Final third moves straight leather with the spice and earth moving to sit on the palate through the finish. Still a whole medium bodied experience.

Suggested Pairing:

Scotch – Johnny Walker Green

Wine – Josh Sauvignon Blanc,  Groth Sauvignon Blanc

Overall Experience:

This Gilberto Oliva Reserva is a nice medium bodied experience that has some really great flavors. Flavors normally consistent with a more full-bodied stick. I think this would be perfect for that person looking to make a full-bodied jump to understand the flavor profile, but not the power. Will definitely be picking up more of these, especially for this price.

Ratings:

Cigar Aficionado – 88pts.

About Oliva Cigars –  http://www.olivacigar.com/

Gilberto Oliva Reserva