Cigar Review: Oliva Serie O

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  • It’s amazing how one draw on a fine cigar can sum up all the rich, warm things in the world. With its creamy curls of white smoke that make you feel as if you’ve just eased your feet onto an ottoman in front of a winter fire, the Oliva Serie O invites you to luxuriate.

    The distinctive qualities of the Oliva Serie O are its full-bodied richness and variety, beginning with smooth notes of black pepper, soft cedar, rich Moroccan leather, or chocolate with a whisper of spice. The complex, layered flavor avoids sweetness and remains smooth to the end. This is a fine cigar to enjoy with an aged whiskey, a dark French roast coffee, or a cold IPA with friends on the deck watching the sunset.

    Oliva Serie O is a true Nicaraguan puro cigar finished with a firm, hand-rolled Habano wrapper without obtrusive veins. To make the Oliva Serie O, traditional Cuban planting techniques were used to develop Habano seed in the three different Nicaraguan regions of, Jalapa, Condega and Estelí, and the diversity of soil, climate, and sun exposure produce a blend of rich flavor profiles. The love and labor show in this quality cigar.

    The flavor of the Oliva Serie O is luxurious, the strength is medium-bodied; the price, on the other hand, is quite affordable. Given the craftsmanship, care, and consistent quality of the Oliva Serie O, you’ll be amazed that a box of twenty costs only around $130 or lower, depending on the seller, with single cigars costing less than $8.00 in most cases. At seven inches long with a 50-ring gauge for the Churchill, for example, it’s worth the investment.

    Pros

    • Rich, complex flavor profile ranging from pepper to cherry with strong notes of cedar and chocolate
    • It is easy to light with a pleasing ash and thick smoke
    • Smoked smoothly without tunneling
    • Outstanding value for the quality
    • Consistently excellent quality throughout

    Cons

    • Some found the draw hard.
    • Some preferred a stronger flavor and found this type too mild.

    There are five basic types of Oliva Serie O Cigars. Most of these are offered in both Maduro and Sun-Grown options for a slightly different flavor profile.

    • Serie O Robusto
    • Serie O Churchill
    • Serie O Toro
    • Serie O Torpedo
    • Serie O Perfecto

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    Cigar prices will vary across different retailers. Below are some of our favorite online stores that have competitive pricing...

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