You hear so much about Oliva brand cigars and you’ll understand why once you smoke a Series O. It’s even better than what you have heard, so now, I sit back and enjoy a glass of Cazadores Reposado (one of the best made tequilas) on a chilly evening in the city.
I’ll give you a little family history first. Melanio Oliva first grew tobacco in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba in 1886. His growing operations were suspended while he fought in Cuba’s War of Independence. After returning from war, Melanio resumed his operations. In the early 1920’s, Melanio’s son Hipolito Oliva took over the growing operations and he cultivated the Oliva family fields for several decades. As Cuba became over-run by communists, the tobacco landscape changed. Hipolito’s son Gilberto Oliva shifted the business from growing to brokering tobacco. In the early 1960’s, the pressure became too great and Gilberto traveled from country to country in search of the distinct Cuban taste. His travels took him to Honduras, Panama, Mexico and even the Philippines before he finally found fertile ground in Nicaragua. Today, Gilberto along with his family are Nicaragua’s second largest grower of Cuban-seed tobacco.
Serie O is a Nicaraguan Puro – it’s made in the original Cuban tradition of growing the same Habano seed in diverse regions of the country to produce a distinct blend. It was achieved by growing Habano in Esteli, Condega and Jalapa Valley.
Lighting the O was very easy and simple. I had a 5×43 that I got from this year’s Big Smoke in Las Vegas, NV. The wrapper is a Sun-Grown Habano, a perfect dark color from the foot to the head. The feel was spongy and there is a noticeable taste of spice and cedar for the first two to three minutes of smoking. With an excellent draw and nice white smoke, it started off with an easy burn and built to a somewhat increasing medium-full finish. The burn was very even and the ashes did not drop until the burn got up to the cigar banner. There was no required lighting and the wrapper stayed intact. It’s priced very good (around $10.00) but prices will vary due to state taxes. I highly recommend you try the Oliva Serie O cigar – it was a true pleasure to smoke.
Highlights: Notes of rich cedar with spice and a dark tobacco.
Wrapper: Sun-Grown Habano.
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano.
Filler: Nicaraguan Habano
Size: 5 x 43