Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio

Basic Information:

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.

After Toast:

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.

Suggested Pairing:

Wine – Stags Leap SLV or Montecillo Rioja Reserva

Overall Experience:

​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

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