This week’s group cigar review is of the Latitude Zero. This time each of the three of us are smoking a different vitola. Made by Oliva Tobacco Company, this one has a nice looking wrapper leaf and cedar note on the cold draw. Once lit up, the cigar has a sweet creamy flavor balanced by a spicy savory notes. The sweetness remains constant with some other slight nuances as we smoke them down. Unfortunately the largest vitola stick (6.5×52) was a complete dud and riddled with construction issues – I did not submit ratings for that stick since it was clearly an anomaly. The other two sticks tasted great and had perfect construction, this cigar is definitely worth a try!
IamDarren: Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Terry1: Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
IamDarren: We all have different vitolas on this one. I believe I gave Matt the largest one since he is a speed smoker
IamDarren: here are the sizes from CI: 1 – Latitude Zero Robusto (5″ x 52)
1 – Latitude Zero Toro (6″ x 50)
1 – Latitude Zero Torpedo (6.5″ x 52)
IamDarren: I think I have the Toro
IamDarren: really interesting how they placed the band over the sleeve so the center slit is on Latitude Zero. Creative
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Nice looking cigar. Great band and nice wrapper leaf after removing the band. I am getting a minty tobacco smell prior to lighting.
IamDarren: yeah im getting a hint of spice from the wrapper. Getting a nice creamy cedar note on the cold draw.
IamDarren: im smoking on the porch tonight since its so nice so I will head out.
Terry1: Two bands! Came off without incident. I got the robusto and there wasn’t much cigar showing past the bands. Nice looking wrapper. I’m getting a strong cedar note on the cold draw.
IamDarren: Ok, im all ready to light up
Terry1: Lighting up
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Me too.
IamDarren: oh yeah, tasty. Very smooth and creamy with some caramel, cedar, and a spice zest.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Very mild start. Creamy and cedary, maybe a hint of spice.
Terry1: I’m liking the initial puffs. Lots of flavors. I agree with you Darren, caramel, cedar and a spicy zing.
IamDarren: glad my palate isn’t out of whack. I had a sore throat over the weekend and am still recouping
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Mine keeps getting sweeter with each puff.
IamDarren: mine is very balanced between sweet and spicy, especially when i retrohale
Terry1: I’m not sure what’s going on with mine. One puff is sweet, next puff is peppery. I’m getting a faint floral note in between. I’m hoping it settles down and decides a direction to go.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: You wouldn’t believe how mild mine is, very muted so far.
IamDarren: starting to pick up a richness on the finish, maybe a slight hint of coffee or something like it. Body on mine is medium i would say. I am also getting a bit of pepper when i retrohale now.
IamDarren: i have to say though im absolutely loving the flavor at this point. I love how each puff starts out sweet and creamy then switches to more of a spicy and savory finish.
IamDarren: ash just dropped in the tray at about a half inch so beware
Terry1: Yeah the flavor is great. My ash just dropped off too. Burn is a little off.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I think mine is a dud. Your cigars sound great! I cut deeper to get more smoke production since I think that was the cause of the muted flavors. Draw is better, but flavors are off. Very acidic. Burn is also out of whack. Going to try a burn correction.
Terry1: Mine is getting sweeter now. Pepper is still present but it’s losing the battle. Floral note is gone. Maybe it’s the power of suggestion from Darren but I’m get a savory note every puff of two.
IamDarren: nearing the second third on mine. Cedar is beginning to morph into more of an earthy flavor… maybe oak. Its still creamy. Once every few puffs i am getting a roasted nuts type flavor. Still very enjoyable.
IamDarren: sorry Matt, i hope yours kicks it into gear soon
StraightUpCigars – Matt: No worries, it happens every once in a while. Trying some of Terry’s mcgyver techniques, got nothing to lose at this point.
Terry1: The burn is about a half inch off from one side to the other. Not getting any worse. After ashing I see a couple of small voids on the faster burning side.
Terry1: Lol. When you smoke in a shed you use the tools you have at hand.
IamDarren: i guess we should give them some leeway, since this is not the Oliva cigar company but the Oliva tobacco company. They have a huge history of producting the top tobacco in Nicaragua but not blending or rolling cigars.
Terry1: I get really confused with these two companies. I’m surprised one hasn’t sued the other for naming rights.
IamDarren: I have a feeling they belong to the same family but at some point split into to different businesses.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I bet that’s right Darren.
Terry1: Boy this ash is flakey! I’ve got ash everywhere now, including my lap.
IamDarren: found this wiki article that traces the heritage of the Oliva Cigar company and tell about the link to the Oliva Tobacco company. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliva_Cigar_Co.
[Oliva Cigar Co. – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]
Oliva Cigar Co. – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I think I have two issues going on. I cut a piece off and relit b/c the flavor is acidic and no good. I could see a stem in there. I think I also have a hole in my binder b/c there is smoke escaping from a spot where the wrapper leaf unfolded. Oh well, it happens.
Terry1: That’s too bad. You’ll have to try this cigar again in a different vitola. I think you’ll like the cigar.
IamDarren: sometimes you can grab the stem and pull it out if you are careful. I have done it before. Usually improves the flavor and opens up the draw.
IamDarren: mine is across the halfway mark and still producing great flavor. Still loving that spice zing on the finish.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I think so too. The name/band is right up my alley too! I should have done that right away after clipping it off, but I went ahead and relit. After trimming it and with the binder issue, it’s not salvageable.
IamDarren: yeah that sleeve is badass. I might have to glue it to the outside of the cup i put all my bands in.
Terry1: I’m still getting a sweetness that’s bordering on vanilla and caramel, cedar and a hint of pepper. Great flavors on mine. Burn self corrected. My only issue has been the loose ash.
IamDarren: If i can convince Terry to do a box split we will send you a couple Matt
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Lol, all right.
IamDarren: i really do like the heck out of this stick. Flavor is complex and delightful. Body is not too strong so i could enjoy this one any time of day.
IamDarren: i agree Terry, the finish is getting richer but the sweetness is staying very dominant in the first half of the draw.
Terry1: I’ll have to think about a box split. I like the cigar I’m not sure if I have the room yet. Maybe in a month or two. I’m finally to a point where I can close the lids on the coolerdores. I’m still getting through the festival cigars. (175 of them)
IamDarren: Terry you are a man of class I think its about time you invested in a nice piece of furniture.
Terry1: I’ve thought about it. But I start thinking about the cigars I could buy and it’s hard to pull the trigger on the cabinet.
IamDarren: Yes but then you can partake in the fine tradition of aging your cigars
Terry1: I can also hide another coolerdore in my basement so the wife doesn’t see it. Hard to hide furniture.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I hear ya Terry. I know I’d love it if I pulled the trigger one though.
Terry1: She doesn’t care about me smoking a cigar but the collection would be another matter.
IamDarren: just tell her you are protecting your investment.
IamDarren: into the last third here, im getting more pepper with each puff. Going into the medium full range now
IamDarren: we are right in the middle of the basement renovation. Its going pretty well. Plumber is supposed to have the HVAC moved and all the plumbing redone by the end of the week.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Wow, that is a massive project. It’ll be a relief to have that done I bet.
IamDarren: With two kids now it will be nice to go from a 2 bedroom / 1 bath to a 4 bedroom / 2 bath house
IamDarren: putting in a huge walk in shower, im afraid the wife will want to move our room to the basement
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Or worse, she’ll want to renovate the firt floor too now.
Terry1: I’m into the last third. Flavors are about the same. Sweetness still dominates. Got a small hole about an inch down. Not causing too much distraction but smoke is coming out of it.
IamDarren: im thinking the binder might be a bit fragile one these. I was reading the CI description and the tobacco in this cigar has no less that 4 years of aging.
IamDarren: A R13E grade (Angel’s Cut) Habano Ecuador wrapper from 2011 that’s easily the finest I’ve ever seen. Inside, a bold cocktail of vintage 2010, Nicaraguan long-fillers all from a farm in Esteli dubbed ‘The Jewel.’
IamDarren: lol, gotta love the hype
IamDarren: was also looking on cbid, these are going for about 3 bucks a stick for the robusto
IamDarren: looks like about 5 bucks a stick retail
Terry1: Having the shortest cigar I’d say the strength is a solid medium. I’ll be done in a few minutes.
IamDarren: mabye 10 min left on mine. About a half inch to what i call the nub.
IamDarren: im starting to get more of a charred oak flavor mixing with the sweetness and some pepper on the finish.
IamDarren: are you going to give yours a rating Matt? The readers might at least want to know there are some issues with the torpedo.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I’ll note that mine was a dud, but I won’t be posting numbers.
IamDarren: I will go ahead and rate
Terry1: I’m done and can rate.
IamDarren: Without a doubt one of the best tasting Habano wrapped cigars I have had. It was mellow and creamy for most of the smoke and had a lot of complexity.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Damn, I have got to try this one. Those are super scores.
Terry1: Agree. I really enjoyed the flavors.