Oh, how some good quality hours of smoking and a little education can improve one's mindset.
Cigarsdirect.com has done it again. I have been given an excellent opportunity to take a look at one of the world's premier cigar makers: Oliva. And in spirit of the season, I have lassoed one of my cigar-living friends to aid me in the endeavor of taking an in-depth look at Oliva's latest contribution to the Cigar Aficinado Top 25 Cigars of theYear: the Serie V torpedo.
|Oliva Serie V Churchill|
Before, I dive right into this awesome cigar, let me just qualify my education on Nicaraguan cigars by simply stating that 3 of the Top 5 cigars of 2009 hailed from that country. I have smoked them all, and agree whole-hearted with CA's assessment.
Oliva's roots , of course, began in Cuba in 1886 when the patriarch, Melanio Oliva, began growing tobacco in the lush Pinar del Rio region. After a stint in the Cuban army, he returned to the tobacco fields and continued making cigars until his son, Hipolito took over operations in the 1920s. As the familiar story of the Cuban Revolution ran its course, and the tobacco industry fell into government control Gilberto traveled the globe searching for soil worthy of his Cuban seeds. The family eventually settled in Nicaragua and is now the second largest grower of Cuban Pulito Tobacco Leaf.
Cigarsdirect. SNOB nation meet Eric "Gus" Gustafson, a cigar-smoking, big game-shooting, music-loving Cheesehead (Go Packers!). Gus and I went to college together and were members of the same fraternity. His life-long aspiration is to record music for a living (he rocks on a drum kit).
To the reviews.
OLIVA SERIE V CHURCHILL
By Eric "Gus" Gustafson
I recently had the pleasure of smoking an Oliva Serie V Churchill. I have had prior encounters with Oliva cigars, none of which had really “floored” me as far as the overall experience of the cigar itself. After having tasted those cigars I had pretty much written off Oliva. They just were never impressive. They were all show and no go for me. That was until I had the Serie V Churchill.
In closing, I have always considered making cigars as being a form of art. The cigar maker uses his colors, contrasts and techniques while putting his spin on the cigar creating what could be viewed as his art. That is exactly what this cigar represents, art.
Rock N’ Roll,
OLIVA SERIE V TORPEDO
This cigar had a little tooth to it, but had a pretty flawless construction. The band is the most decadent of all the Oliva lines. The pre-draw was rich with nutty, caramel nuances that gave way to what was going to be an amazing smoke to come.
The first few puffs warmed the palate with pepper and leathery spice. As the cigar progressed through the first half it smoothed out considerably, with bountiful smoke and excellent rich flavors of coffee, nutmeg, and pepper.
The cigar burned uneven at first, but "corrected" itself and produced a firm, gray ash. The ash held for up a solid 1" plus before falling off.
As the cigar began its second half, the roasted coffee, pepper, and leather amplified in strength as the flavor profile melded into full-bodied taste. At this point, I realized why this cigar was so herald. The complexity complimented the construction almost perfectly.
This torpedo smoked long, as I went to the nub with little challenge. The flavor profile grew as the cigar progressed until it finished as a full-bodied, tasty treat. The leather and pepper was prominent on the finish as it lingered for a bit.
This is definitely a Friday Night smoke. With tons of flavor, and a very pronounced bouquet, this cigar will be a perfect compliment to a night on the town or as a night cap after an enjoyable evening. Pick up a box or a sampler pack here at Cigarsdirect.
Appearance - 10
Pre-light taste- 9
Burn - 9
Aroma - 9
Flavor - 10
Balance - 9
Total Rating: 9.3
Enjoy guys and gals, for Gus and myself remember: There is nothing wrong with knowing you are the best.