Name – Oliva Serie V Melanio (2014 Cigar Aficionado Cigar of the Year)
Size – Robosto Box Pressed
Wrapper – Ecuadorian Sumatra
Tobacco Blend – Nicaragua
Pricing – $7.30 – $12.80
Body – Full
This cigar is double banded. Both with bright metallic gold, brown and red. The gold almost glows off the cigar. The cigar itself is a nice milk chocolate color box pressed with a nice matted sheen. There are minimal veins and seams present. The cigar is finished off with a double cap.
Aroma – Earth, Sweetness
Type of Cut – Straight
Cold Draw – Natural tobacco, earth and cedar.
First third – Flavors of earth and cocoa begin this cigar. A slight pepper on the retro hale. Few minutes in a creaminess comes out along with a slight nutty note. The pepper is strong but gently builds on the back of the throat. Burn is pristine. Ash is straight gray and dense. Great construction.
Second Third – Not a ton of change on the transition as the flavors remain consistent with earth and cocoa. Burn remained perfect. Ash came off at the 2-inch mark.
Final Third – The earthy note really picks up in this third and becomes very rich. Pepper died down drastically. Cocoa is still present but on the finish. Burn remained perfect.
The Oliva Serie V Melanio is a beautiful full bodied cigar with rich flavor. I can see why it would be Cigar of the year. An amazing smoking experience from Oliva. Hats off to them for giving us cigar lovers a stick of pure beauty.
Cigar Aficionado – 2014 Cigar of the Year
About Oliva Cigars – http://www.olivacigar.com/