Oliva V Series Melanio Reserve Robusto
Box pressed 5 X 52
Hand rolled fermented ligero filler
Appearance: The wrapper is silky smooth, chocolate brown and blotchy.
Pre light aroma: The wrapper has the aroma of sweet chocolate and the foot cocoa and hay.
I used a V cut on the smooth seamless cap, wrapper tasted slightly spicy.
First light: Starts full and spicy with a hint of pepper.
First 3rd: Good draw cocoa comes through with pepper and spice but not overpowering but still full flavored and full bodied. At a 1 1/2" in the ash is still solid with no signs of falling, cocoa still present with nuts coming in very smooth even though the strength is still there.
2nd 3rd: Ash lasted 2" before falling, cocoa and nuts still present still smooth smoking with full strength and body.
Final 3rd: Cocoa and nuts till the end with spice and pepper returning, stayed cool until the last 3/4" strength picks up some.
Overall impression: This was an outstanding cigar, smooth despite its full strength and very complex, great draw from beginning till end. The ligero filler made it's presents known but the aged tobacco smoothed it out nicely, I highly recommend this for experience cigar smokers only who loves a full flavored full bodied cigar that is still refined.
Joel Hewitt, Westminster and Reisterstown stores.
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