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After last week’s Studio Tobac Tour photoshoot, we are continuing with Oliva bandwagon and bringing a limited production – Olive Serie V No4. This specimen is unfortunately limited to the European market and US B&M cigar shops which are part of The Tobacconists’ Association of America – a trade organization established in 1968 by visionary retail tobacconists. Future and broader availability of this size was one of the topics I discussed with Dave Wagner – Oliva’s VP of Sales. Although I wasn’t able to nail this one down, I walked away from this conversation with a feeling that availability is certainly not out of the question. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
I have a soft spot when it comes to Oliva cigars. I have smoked through tons of Os, Gs, Vs and Connecticut but my favorite has to be 2008 Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial. Clearly, V No4 had a high expectation. Thankfully it didn’t disappoint. The format of the cigar was simply brilliant. If you are in a pinch and in need of a quick smoke, this slightly thicker Petite Corona is a godsend. In flavor department, as one would expect from Serie V, we are talking about spice, woodiness, and nuttiness mixed with some chocolaty hints. From ash/burn perspective, more accolades. Light grey ash with relatively sharp burn line.
I was able to lay my hands on few samples few weeks ago due to generosity of a fellow cigar smoker. Fortunately I was able to track down a box of Oliva Serie V No4 this week and I’m happy to say that it is in route as I type this review. If you can locate a TAA shop in your neighborhood, give them a call. You will not be disappointed. My fellow cigar smokers – Walt from StogieReview and Steve from SmokingStogie were as equally pleased as I was.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua Habano Sun Grown
Construction > Great
Burn > Great
Enjoy > Absolutely !
Recommend > Absolutely !
Buy > Box Worthy !