May 07, 2012
Oliva O Maduro Robusto (5 x 50)
Video review HERE.
This cigar was provided by CigarsDirect.com.
They are available on their site here and the robusto can be seen here.
Serie O Maduro is a Nicaraguan Puro. Made in the original Cuban tradition of growing the same Habano seed in diverse regions of the country to produce a distinct blend. This blend was achieved by growing Habano in Esteli, Condega and Jalapa Valley.
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan Habano
The Oliva family began growing tobacco in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba in 1886. The family eventually began searching other countries for the fertile ground necessary to create the distinct Cuban cigar taste sought after by enthusiasts and growers alike. They eventually found that ground in Nicaragua and Oliva’s operations today are the second largest Cuban-seed tobacco production in Nicaragua. The Serie O Maduro is a Nicaraguan Puro that features a Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper. It is made using the Cuban tradition of growing the same Habano seed in diverse regions of the country – Esteli, Condega and the Jalapa Valley – to produce a distinct and unique blend.
The cigar is obviously well made. Oliva makes some fantastic cigars. The cigar is very dark and dense.
After cutting the cap the test draw was effortless. For such a dense cigar I had no problem drawing through the cigar. I lit the foot and the first flavors were dark chocolate with vanilla sweetness and pepper.
About 1/2 inch in the flavors settled down into dark chocolate, grapefruit citrus, vanilla, and a ton of black pepper. The finish is pretty much pure vanilla and lingering black pepper. This cigar should make a change or two before it's over.
About 3/4 inch in the cigar has developed some richness. The grapefruit notes are subtle but the vanilla notes have combined nicely with the dark chocolate and they are rich and sweet. The pepper is still quite good. The finish is a creamy vanilla with lingering pepper. The cigar is definitely full bodied.
At the 1 1/4 inch point the cigar is burning very evenly and the draw is still great. The citrus notes are very subtle and the vanilla is still combining with the dark chocolate nicely. The finish remains unchanged. The ash was very tight and fell off at the one inch point.
At the band the 3 main flavors are now evenly split. They are all detectable and in equal amounts. The richness continues along with the black pepper.
At the end of the cigar it finished just as it was when I last noted. Oliva makes some great cigars and no one can dispute that. This is a full bodied beauty full of dark chocolate with grapefruit citrus and rich vanilla with a ton of black pepper. The finish is quite long with creamy vanilla and lingering black pepper. Very good cigar.