I picked up a box of Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2013s when I was down in Orlando in December of 2013. I was attending a cigar event at Corona Cigar Company and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring some back with me to Canada.
If you’ve been following my reviews for even a short while you’d know that I’m a huge fan of Oliva cigars. I also have a growing collection of the Serie V Maduro Especial releases. Last year I did a two part blind review of the 2008-2012 releases where I smoked each group simultaneously.
Although my guesses weren’t very accurate, it did confirm that the 2010 was my favorite of all of the releases.
The V Maduro Especial have always had this quite strong nose of rich fermented tobacco, and the 2013s are no different. I’m also able to pick up some light cedar.
Oliva’s 2013 Serie V Maduro Especial was released in a 5” x 54 ring gauge double robusto vitola. The Serie V Maduro Especial has been produced since 2008, and was previously limited to 5,000 boxes of 10 count each. This year the production was increased to 8,000 boxes of 10 count each.
Although the vitola doesn’t change every year, the 5” x 54 is a departure from the 2011 and 2012 size of 6” x 50.
As always, the Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial’s are produced out of Oliva’s factory in Nicaragua.
The first few draws are mostly wet cedar. After the Serie V Maduro establishes itself, I ‘m getting pepper on the lips and some sweetness with each draw.
Not much else going on in the first third here.
The second third develops into spices and nuttiness. The flavors have increased in complexity to a medium level.
Like the first third, there isn’t a lot of evolution through the second third.
The last third is a combination of the cedar from the first third and the nuts from the second third. Again, the flavor doesn’t seem to develop beyond medium complexity here.
I initially had some issues getting it lit. Even with a double v-cut the draw was quite tight, reminiscent of the 2010 release. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 48 minutes.
Pricing on the Oliva Serie V Maduros is still around $8.50 – $9.50 a single, even after 5 years. Boxes of 10 are $80 – $90, although there are deals out there to be had. In my opinion, any time you have a limited production run cigar under $10, that represents a pretty good deal.
The Oliva Serie V Maduro 2013 release was tasty but I feel like the bar has been set quite high with the 2010 and 2011 blends. If you prefer your cigars with less spice and pepper, then the 2013 release is likely going to be a great cigar choice. With the increased production levels of 8,000 boxes, they will be easier than ever to get your hands on.