Cory - Rich brown in color only showing light spots where the veins are running through which give it a slight marbled appearance. Pretty dense for a robusto and overall great construction.
Chris - Flawless box-pressed. Milk choc wrapper. light/thin veins. Light fuzzy, gritty texture. Cap structure on point.
Cory - Draw was a little tight but loosened up over time. There is a lot of tobacco in this bad boy. Very consistent burn overall
Chris - Speckled gray ash. A little wonky burn line.
Cory - Oliva is one of those brands that is just out there that nobody talks about a lot, but understands how really exception they are. The Oliva V Melanio is arguably one of the best (if not the best) blends in their line up. Most people have a hard on for the figuadro, but I quite enjoyed this robusto and think this vitola not only is a more manageable smoke, it also doesn't sacrifice any of the flavors. It's somewhat of a rare instance when the vitola change doesn't really impact the profile. Bottom line, its a great cigar for a good price and should always be on deck in your humidor.
Chris - No doubt this is THE cigar to try from Oliva. Such a well balanced cigar with a flavor rush of woodiness, bitter, sweet, and spice. It's very worth the money and time, because there isn't anything bad to say about it really. Well, I know you are busy, so Oliv-ya B. Byeeee.
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Oliva Cigar Co. the manufacturer of several brands of cigars primarily grown and produced in Nicaragua and sold worldwide. The family-owned company traces its roots to patriarch Melanio Oliva, who began growing tobacco in Pinar del Río, Cuba in 1886. In 1964, in the aftermath of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, Melanio's grandson Gilberto Oliva emigrated with his family to Spain before eventually moving to Nicaragua and reentering the tobacco business. In 1995 Gilberto and his son, Gilberto Jr., launched the "Gilberto Oliva" brand — a label which evolved into today's Oliva. The company is based today in Miami Lakes, Florida.