The Stogie of the Month for September is the Oliva Serie V. Since last month's was such a hit by just picking it, I'm doing the same again this month. 

So if you have one of these, light that sucker up, come back here and tell us what you thought. Please don't be hesitant if you're new, or never reviewed a cigar. At least post a picture, what vitola, and if you thought it was good or not. If you don't have it, ask around to see if  someone wants to do a trade, check with your B&M or your favorite online retailer.

Serie V

Wrapper: Habano Sun Grown

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Jalapa Valley Ligero

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I totally planned on picking up a UC when I left work on Sunday as a last minute entry, but totally forgot until I was home..

Great choice Dave>availability and plenty of options!

I liked the idea of voting, but yeah, it definitely seemed to work better just picking it and letting people find one, especially looking at availability. Good choice.

Since I'm usually last to post to these, I wanted to make sure I was first this month. I smoked this last week during the Sharing our Pairings show. I don't usually smoke during the week, but this was sort of a personal celebration kind of day, and wanted to have a smoke and a drink. I only had one Serie V, a lancero that I received from Jerad (007). It had about 2 years of age on it, I think remember back to the date on the cello. I paired this with a Troeg's Hop Knife.

I don't have a lot of details in regards to the flavor with this one. I'm going to keep this one simple. It had a nice cold draw, and started with a perfect burn. The first 15 minutes or so, it was a very mild, but flavorful smoke. I would say creamy, but just in the sense that it was very smooth, but a pleasant smooth. Afterwards, the flavor started kicking in, but I have no idea what that flavor was. I smoked this for about an hour, until it got too hot with still an inch left. I could have smoked this a little slower. 

I look forward to everyone else's post, to see what flavors they list for this. (and I have no photo since it was dark).

YOu dont smoke during the week?!?! WTF?!

Haha, not usually. I don't sit down and breath until about 730-8 most nights, and can easily crash by 9. I have been picking it up a little bit though, trying to get as much in with this nice weather as possible. 

I saw this and thought "Hey, I had one of those the other day, should post my review! But nope, it was an O that I smoked. However I had a V from the Cigarplace sampler ($35 right now and has 10 sticks including this and a V melanio), so decided I'd burn it tonight while watching my fantasy football team go down in flames.

I had a V double robusto - very handsome cigar. Here it is with a bonus review of the O I had:

My experience was quite different from yours. The double robusto started off mega strong and full bodied and mellowed out and became sweeter right to the end. Here's a poor close up:

And my final review:

This really would have tasted better after a roast beef dinner with red wine, in my opinion (as opposed to frozen pizza, black Scottish ale, and despair at Eli Manning). It's quite dark and on the stronger side. The combination of creamy and spicy throughout it is quite remarkable.

I will be grabbing a Serie V Lancero tomorrow at the B&M and laying it to rest til the day or two before I go back to school. I have smoked Serie V's that were absolutely great and some that were so so, anyway I think most everyone can get a hold of this smoke.

I'm a whore when it comes to Oliva Vs.  I enjoy the V Lancero and I really enjoy the Serie V Maduros which started back in 2008, and is produced in 10 count boxes every year.

Attached is a picture when I was doing a blind review of all the Serie V Maduro years.


I was never a fan of the V Madruos idk why, they seemed like they needed some rest so the 09/10's might be a killer smoke now. I did like the Melanio Maduro though.

Just picked up my Oliva Serie V Lancero and I forgot how all around beautiful of a cigar it is. Right when I pulled it out of the celo I got hit with a super rich blast of barnyard, earth, and leather (a combo that gets me excited). 
Very smooth wrapper that you can see/feel a nice layer of oil on the surface. I pulled this one out of the celo because I feel that Oliva's do better when they breathe for a week or so, I will smoke mine when I get back in town this weekend. 

Still not smoking but wanted to chime in. The first box that I ever bought 5 years ago was Series V double robustos. This is a super solid smoke but as my palate has progressed I have grown to enjoy the Lancero and no 4 as my favorite sizes. A rich and spicy medium body on all sizes except the no 4 which is a little powerhouse to me. This is my favorite of the SOTM so far.



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