Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo
6 1/2 x 52 - Natural - Single
The crème de la crème from The Oliva Family. The Master Blends 3 'Liga Maestra' series presents limited-edition, artisan-crafted cigars of private estate selection quality. Specifically blended to deliver the richest characteristics of Nicaraguan Ligero longfillers BOX-PRESSED inside Nicaraguan broadleaf sun-grown wrappers, each Master Blends 3 selection is a complex, full-flavored, and aromatic smoke specially created to enthrall all the senses. Order your box of these rare beauties now.
My previous review was so-so and based on sticks with 2 weeks humidor time. I have just smoked two more with 6 months humidor time and this is an now absolutely stunning cigar, with rich tropical fruit nuances from a third of the way in. Highlights are elements of mango and coriander as the cigar reaches the halfway point. Construction is as perfect as it gets.
As I can get Cubans quite legally where I live, I buy non-Cubans either because they offer excellent value or because they offer a different and special smoking experience. Now this is a very good everyday smoke, but it costs the same as a Partagas Lusitania Cuban or a Fuente Reserva #48, which are both exceptional smokes. For me, the Fuente Double Chateau Sun Grown offers an equally good smoke at less than half the price, as does the Don Pepin Garcia Blue Blue Label range at around 60% of the price. So is it different or special? No, the Kristoff Ligero Maduro Churchil is different AND special and only $8 per stick , as is the Camacho Triple Maduro 11/18 at $8.50. Frankly, if it were 6 bucks a pop I would buy it, but at $11.50 box prices there are many more interesting cigars out there.
OK, so first I want to sum it up as wow. This is not a cigar for the faint of heart. The niccotine amount will make some sick to the stomach. Definitely not for the uninitiated. With that being said the wrapper is oily and luxurious. Its so well constructed and the box press is a nice touch. The smoke is rich and the draw smooth and its a hard smoke to put down. It definitely deserves the title master blend as it was made with great care in blending the different tobacco. I do have to say though I would not recommend it for the occasional smoker.