December 15, 2012
Oliva V Melanio Torpedo (6 1/2 x 52)
Video review HERE.
The Oliva V Melanio is the newest edition to the famed Oliva lineup of cigars. It is a different version from the original V. Here is what the Oliva site says about this cigar:
The Serie V is full flavored yet smooth. The long filler tobaccos are a blend of Oliva Nicaraguan Habano that emphasizes tobacco from the Jalapa region, an area known for a more nuanced leaf than the Esteli or Condega regions. This carefully aged Jalapa blend produces a particularly flavored smoke.
The cigar is expertly made. It is flawless in construction. Simply put, it is a joy to look at. The milk chocolate colored wrapper has no veins or blemishes. It is absolutely beautiful.
The cigar has a nice feel in the hand. The density of the cigar is obvious.
I cut the minimum from the torpedo shaped cap. The test draw was good with just a touch of firmness. The initial flavors were light, sweet vanilla and cedar. There is a nice richness to the cedar. Shortly in I changed my flavor assessment to a rich orange citrus. You may go with either description but I'll stick with the rich orange citrus. The pepper is scored at a 7. There are nice coffee notes also. There is quite a bit of richness in the cigar at light up. The cigar is medium bodied at this early point.
At 1/2 inch in the flavors are a lot like they were initially. The rich orange citrus has a lot of effervescence. I have described this type feeling as carbonated previously. It is like the carbonation in a soft drink. It's a nice feeling. The finish is a sweet caramel with toasty notes with a touch of lingering pepper. The cigar is burning very evenly and I intend to smoke the cigar very slowly to maintain the even burn.
A little over an inch in there are nutmeg notes to mix with the orange citrus. The coffee notes are very obvious. There are toasty notes in the cigar. The caramel notes are still in the finish with the small amount of lingering pepper.
At the bands some of the caramel notes have made their way to the front end. The richness in the cigar reminds me a lot of caramel. The other notes of orange citrus, nutmeg, and coffee are still about the same. The flavor combination is very nice. The cigar is moving to medium to full bodied. You can feel the ligero now.
With about 2 inches remaining in the cigar the notes on the front end are more of a cedar and light nutmeg, coffee, and light leather notes. The pepper remains the same. There are some toasted caramel notes on the finish and the lingering pepper has intensified. The cigar is medium to full bodied now. The cigar continues to burn very evenly.
At the end of the cigar it ended up with nice cedar notes that are sweet and they have some richness, light nutmeg, light leather and nice coffee notes. The pepper maintained the intensity at a 7. The cigar ended at medium to full bodied. The cigar was very smooth and burned very evenly. The Melanio was a very good cigar and I expected nothing different from Oliva. This cigar was not inexpensive at about $14 at a local shop but well worth it. Great cigar.