I’m a big Oliva fan, and ironically I get little to no grief about it compared to other brands. I currently have at least one box of every Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial, along with some European releases. When the Oliva Serie V Melanio came out in 2012, I was a bit disappointed.
After the maduro version of this cigar was announced I was excited to get my hands on it. I ended up doing a side trade with a member of Reddit /r/cigars in order to acquire these. Carstenosu was generous enough to trade me for 2 Oliva Serie V Melanio Torpedo Maduros.
I was able to detect cedar and strong combination of barnyard and fresh hay.
The Oliva Serie V Maduro I reviewed was in a box pressed torpedo vitola measuring 6.5” x 52 ring gauge. Torpedo vitolas typically rank near the top of my choices due to the extra skill required to make them. The Serie 'V Melanio Maduros was a mid-2013 limited run of 10,000 torpedo vitola limited-edition boxes. The release is almost a full year after the orignial Melanio.
The opening notes of the first third are earth, dried wood with pepper coming through at the end of a draw. When the first third has a chance to settle in and establish itself there is a nice sweetness that balances out the pepper. The pepper picks up in intensity at this point and has an enjoyable lingering taste at the back of my throat.
At the halfway point I’m picking up some molasses and a hint of leather.
The middle third transitions to more earthy flavors. There is some cocoa that breaks through in the second third, but it is subtle. The middle third is very different on the flavor profile map than the first third.
The last third is very similar to the middle third. The intensity of the cocoa and earth flavors are dialed back significantly.
The strength of the earth notes go back to the same strength as the second third as the cigar winds down.
No issues with either burn or draw. Cut was done with a straight guillotine cutter. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Singles of the Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro torpedo are available for about $11.70. They are also available in boxes of 10 for around $117. Although both the Serie V Maduro Especial and Melanio Maduro are limited production runs, the Serie V Melanio Maduro is likely more expensive due to the rarer tobaccos used in the blend. I think the value here is still quite good considering the cigar is limited.
The Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro is a fine cigar but I don’t think I understand the market position against other Oliva offerings such as the Serie V Maduro Especial. Overall I thoroughly enjoy almost all the cigars Olivar releases and the Serie V Melanio Maduro is no different. Give the choice, however, I would opt for a less expensive Oliva Serie V Maduro.
If you were fan of the original 2012 Melanio release I think there is a good chance you will really enjoy this cigar.