Quick Review: Oliva Serie V Ligero Especial Churchill

The stats:

  • Habano sun grown wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and Jalapa Valley Ligero filler.
  • Churchill, 7 x 52.
  • Oliva’s tasting notes: “This cigar is blended to deliver full body taste while maintaining an unparalleled smoothness. This flavorful blend exhibits complex tobacco with rich coffee and dark chocolate tones.”

Jason’s verdict:  SOLID PERFORMER.

The Oliva Serie V presents nicely; the stick’s subtle earthy aroma pairs nicely with the chocolate brown, silky wrapper. The band — elegant and suitably understated — removes well. The cigar cuts cleanly and lights effortlessly. The flavor profile isn’t too far off the mark from Oliva’s claim: The smoke wasn’t plentiful but it was delightfully rich, with an earthy cast that did (to me) hint of chocolate and caramel.

Only criticism: Too tight of a draw and a burn that was close to being too cold. I had no significant construction issues — no canoeing, no flame-outs, no wrapper peeling — but I felt like I had to watch it to avoid it dying on me.

I have always enjoyed the Oliva cigars, especially the Serie V and Serie O sticks. These fine cigars, reasonably priced at $13 each, make an excellent addition to anyone’s daily smoking lineup.

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