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My Weekend Cigar: Oliva Serie V Torpedo 2008 Maduro Especial

I paired the cigar with coffee. After clipping it with a V-cutter, the cigar lit-up beautifully, and those dark, earthy-woody flavors marched right in. Yet, unlike a lot of Maduros, the smoke wasn’t sweet. Every puff was thick, creamy and equally as flavorful as the one before it.

As the ash approached that middle section where the tear was, I kept a close eye on it, and to my delight the wrapper survived. The burn never wavered off center, either. At this point the cigar ramped-up a little in strength and complexity, yet never lost its cool.

I smoked it down to about the two-inch mark and left it at that. If anything, I had hoped the smoke would be sweeter since that’s my personal preference. Otherwise, it was every bit as enjoyable as the Habano Sun Grown Oliva Serie V Torpedo cigars.

Due to their rarity, you may find it hard to get your hands on one of these Torpedo Maduros. But if you haven’t smoked an Oliva Serie V I’m confident you’ll be just as satisfied with the Habano selections.

~ Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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