Oliva Serie V Maduro 2010

4-11-12 been in humidor since 11-14-11

Oliva Serie V Maduro 2010 (6 x 54)

Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Jalapa Valley Ligero

Blender: Gilberto Oliva Sr, Gilberto Oliva Jr, Carlos Oliva

 

 

 

The Original version of the Oliva Serie V Maduro was released in 2008 as a followup release to the 2007 Oliva Serie V. The Original V was my “go to” cigar in 2007 as it was for many people. This was one of the more powerful cigars on the market but what set it apart was the approachability of it. When the V maduro hit the market as a limited edition cigar in 2008 there was a mad dash for it. As far as I can piece together, the history of the V maduro blend goes as follows: The original V maduro Had a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro and was a 52 ring gauge. The 2009 version was also 6.5 x 52 and sported a Nicaraguan Habano Maduro and not the Connecticut leaf. 2010 brought yet another change with upping the ring to a 54, the length down to 6 inches and changing (again) the wrapper leaf, this time to the Mexican San Andreas Maduro. This seems to be (for the time being) the wrapper that Oliva has decided to go with for this cigar. However, the 2011 brought changes yet again; this time to the size and shape only. The 2011 ditches the torpedo and goes with a 6 x 50 toro instead. There are rumors that the filler was changed a tiny bit for the 2011 but the basic Jalapa ligero is still there.

 

I have yet to smoke the 2010 and was a fan of the 2008 and 2009. I have high hopes for this cigar.

 

The cigar looks very much like its non-maduro cousin. The only way that an untrained eye could see that it is the maduro version is that is says “Maduro” to the left of the “V” on the band. Other than that, the band is the same. Since I am used to the look of the regular V, the V maduro is very unassuming. The wrapper is rugged and tough looking. There is a considerable amount of tooth to it that is more than just visible. It has almost a sandpaper quality to it.

The smell of the cigar before the light is classic sweet earth/peat maduro. The lick on the cap is slightly chocolatey but as the oils linger in the mouth it reveals a hint of spice. After a cut with a double guillotine the draw is firm but not unsmokeable. There is a flavor of a generic sweet, licorice and maybe a hint of coco.

 

 

 

After a light with a soft flame, I am greeted with flavors that are fairly sweet and light with light spicy notes as an undertone. Through the nose the cigar shows much more spice. As the cigar begins to open up a sweet cedar note shows up on the finish. The beginning of this cigar does remind me quite a bit of the original V but with a sweeter overall and a but woodier. I was expecting a bit more spice than what I am getting out of it. This isnt a problem, but an observation. In the first third the ash drops twice. This is unusual for a ring this large. I hesitate to call it a construction issue due to the flawless slow burn, even feel, and perfectly acceptable draw. There maybe something else going on here.

 

As the middle third starts up a leathery note has shown up. It is actually the dominant flavor. The sweetness has dies down quite a bit. Through the nose is still the same spice but there is also a slight musk in there. The finish has now a touch of coffee to it. The cigar has taken a turn for the savory. The sweet notes have dissipated and a rugged leather cigar remains. Since the smoke is building in strength, this is a welcome change. As the middle third progresses on the spice builds. It is mostly black pepper.

 

Entering the final third and the profile continues to be much like the middle third. The only difference being a nutty note appearing every now and then. As it marches to the finish, coffee becomes more prominent in the mix. The power has built to the expected medium-full that I expected. The flavor has remained about where it was at the mid point. I feel that this is throwing the cigar out of balance a bit. The wood notes have started to return as well but only as an afterthought. It is mainly a coffee flavor that is almost to a bitter.

 

The cigar ends with the same. There is no bite at the end and no heating up at all.

Overall, the cigar is exactly what one would expect out of a V but with a sweeter note and more of a coffee feel to it. this isn’t a life altering cigar but it is a solid stick. If you like the V like I do, give the V maduro a try. It is a slightly different view on a familiar cigar.

 

Burn time: 2 hours 10 minutes

 

Burn: 10

Draw: 8

Taste: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Construction: 9

Balance: 8

Feel: 8

Overall: 8.7 of 10

 

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~ by kuzi16 on April 11, 2012.

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