Review: Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2012

​This is the latest limited release of the Oliva Serie V.  I first got introduced to these back in 2011 from a Redditor by the name of Speedgeek.  Since then I've managed to get a box of each of the releases going back to 2008.

Nose:

I picked up sweet tobacco with cedar and hints of cocoa.​

Construction:

The Oliva Serie V 2012 is a toro shaped cigar measuring 6x50.  It's triple capped and the maduro wrapper on this was smooth and a dark chocolate color.  One thing that bothers me about the Serie V releases is that the release year is nowhere on the band. ​

Flavor:

First

There was a nice blast of pepper off the start.  It started at the front of my tongue and lingered in my throat.  A few puffs in and the cocoa I picked up on the nose started.  My immediate impressions were that the flavors were smooth and the cigar strength more full than the 2011 release.  At the 5 minute mark I started to pick up a bbq meat flavor and the spice starts to fall away.    As I began to close on the middle third the pepper blast comes out of nowher

Middle

The blast of spice disappeared as quickly as it started and is replaced by a sweet creaminess.   The rest of the middle third was a combination of strong bbq meat flavor that was present in the first and spice that play off each other for the rest of the third.​

Final

Very floral to start off the final third.   Some coffee notes but very subtle.  The tobacco strength is starting to hit home now.​  The final third was a bit disappointing as there was not much else for complexity and it began to get harsh and bitter at the halfway point.

Burn/Draw:

As has been my experience with almost all Oliva cigars, burn was excellent throughout and draw was well balanced.  ​ Total smoking time was approximately 1 hr and 40 minutes.

Value:

Every year Oliva releases a limited production of ​boxes of 10.   The price for singles are $9.45 and a 10 pack will run you $85 - $94.   Given that they are a limited run cigar I feel that the individual and box pricing is excellent.

 

Final Word:

Although I really enjoyed the strength of this cigar, I found the flavor complexities to be lacking compared to the 2010 and 2011 releases. The 2011 was not nearly as spicy but overall I felt it had more to offer. With that said, it's still a very good cigar and if you like cigars at the fuller end, I would absolutely recommend you pick up a few singles to try them for yourself.

 
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