Showing 1 through 5 of 5 reviews
"Good tobacco but.."
...it s really more of a medium than a full cigar.
After two months at about 69% RH this got hard -- almost as hard as the Master Blends 3 I recently got from Famous, but less tightly packed. Strong Ligero during the first third, and then the wood flavor finally kicked in on the second third. Overall, I found this to have more nicotine and less flavor than the MB3, which I prefer. Much less floral notes if at all than two months ago. 98 points for the construction + 89 for the flavor = 90 points final score.
At the end of the night, I found myself wanting more body, so I lid up a Padilla La Reserva.
Stefan in City by the Bay February 26, 2014
"Strong, medium-full Ligero"
One month later, and after having spent the last week at 55% RH, this aged tobacco stick still tastes green, with the nicotine from the Ligero overwhelming any flavors during the first third, after which flavors of toasted almonds and walnuts emerged, and then sandalwood around the middle. The smoke isn t drying, but the nicotine demands water. Felt a little wet , and draw was a tad tighter than preferred. Almost went out on me twice in the beginning, and then finally on the second half -- surprising given that it s loosely packed. Turns bitter at the nub. Need to wait another 3 months before trying again, and maybe dry box at 50% for two weeks. Best enjoyed on a clean palate. Burns fast, but very cleanly, and I love the shape and size.
Stefan in January 6, 2014
Medium body, full strength. The ligero was strong from the get-go, which is good, because the stick burnt a little fast I thought. Flavors of sandalwood during the first half, with floral aromatics on the retrohale. Past the mid-point it started exhibiting burnt caramel and some bitter leaf tannin as well. Finish was rather throughout. I liked that the smoke wasn t too smelly. Not very complex right now -- I think these need a few months in the humidor.
Stefan in December 8, 2013
What a great cigar. Very similar to Cuban Cohiba robusto, smooth leather, hint of spice, with that subtle, sweet, musk essence I ve only tasted in the high dollar Cohibas. You ll be hard pressed to find a better cigar at any price. A masterpiece!
Bob in Fredericksburg, VA November 20, 2013
"Jury Still Out"
I anxiously awaited this release as the V is one of my favorites. Although construction and burn were on par for Oliva, the flavor was not what I expected. It seemed unduly peppery the whole way through, and the chocolate overtones were weak. I wanted the first run as that usually is the most refined, but I think these need some time in the vault. They have potential, but I will let them sit a year and visit again.
Cristo in Ohio October 2, 2012