This week’s group cigar review is of the Oliva V Maduro Especial. Having tried the V and liking it, we are looking forward to this spin on things. This cigar has a great looking wrapper and sweet chocolate smell. The draw if perfect after cutting and feels well rolled. Once lit up it was very rich tasting with a a lot of spice and some cocoa sweetness. Later on we tasted coffee and earth along with an acidic citrus flavor. The construction was perfect on 2 of 3 sticks and this is a VERY high strength cigar, it packs a serious nicotine punch unlike most cigars. Overall, we liked the flavor even though it lacked some complexity. Full bodied and full strength cigars are not for everyone, but the experienced cigar smoker will find these to be thrilling experience.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
IamDarren: This puppy has a nice chocolaty smell to it
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I’m all set up with the Oliva V SE Maduro. It’s got a great looking wrapper leaf and good draw after cutting. I love the sweet chocolate smell to the wrapper. Can’t wait to light up!
IamDarren: nice construction, looks like a triple or quadruple cap. Decent draw after cutting. Getting a bit of spice on the cold draw. Ready to get Fired Up!
Terry1: I’ve had a couple of the regular Oliva Vs but the maduro is new to me. I’m really curious about this blend. The wrapper is flawless and has a dry cocoa powder look to it. My stick is solid. There’s no give in it when squeezed.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Very good. Lighting up!
IamDarren: ok, im gonna start toasting
IamDarren: cigar lit easily and is producing lots of smoke. Im getting an interesting flavor combo. Starts off with a rich maduro note which fades into a mix of spice and cocoa. Great start.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Boy this one makes a lot of smoke. Extremely rich cigar with a lot of spice that lingers.
Terry1: I’d use that term too, rich. Tastes great, has some spice and sweetness.
IamDarren: great even burn, perfect construction so far
StraightUpCigars – Matt: My burn is looking like it wants to get uneven, we’ll see what it does. Can’t beat the smoke production though.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: The last V I smoked kicked my ass strength-wise.
Terry1: The aroma off this cigar reminds me of the smell in a walk in humidor. Love it.
IamDarren: I get the impression that the wrapper has been aged awhile. Its quite leathery and adds a nice sweetness to the blend.
Terry1: My draw is beginning to tighten as the cigar heats up. Seems to be a lot of tobacco in this one.
IamDarren: FYI, I picked a box of these up for about 5 bucks a stick (box of 10) Im sure they retail for more as they are a limited run. Box is very elegant.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Jeez, that is cheap. I’ve bought a couple of V’s at B&Ms b/c they always seem to be the best bang for your buck in there.
IamDarren: Well i think it was one of Cigar.com’s March Madness sales. Couldn’t pass it up since i like the normal V so much and a fiver of those is usually at least 35 bucks.
IamDarren: Im loving how smooth this cigar is, despite being so rich and full bodied. Flavors are balancing out very well. Just the right amount of spice.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Yeah the spice has mellowed out, very good so far.
Terry1: I think it has just the right amount of spice. It’s funny I’m not thinking complexity with this cigar as much as richness. I like the overall flavor but no individual flavors are jumping out.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I agree with that Terry, it’s like one giant flavorbomb that hits you on every puff.
IamDarren: Im starting to like these types of cigars more. Less flavor transitions but more complexity in each puff. Makes you take longer draws and really focus on your palate.
IamDarren: just knocked off the first ash in the tray at about an inch. still a great burn
IamDarren: you can tell its densely packed when the ash hits the tray like a brick and doesn’t even flake off.
Terry1: Mine has a good burn too. Draw is firmer than I like but not getting any worse. I’m getting some coffee and earth flavors underneath the spice and sweetness.
IamDarren: starting to detect a little potency in the resting smoke aroma, also getting a hint of citrus on the finish.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Yeah, that ash. I just had to knock it off b/c I didn’t trust it anymore.
IamDarren: wow, the finish is really long and adds a lot of extra flavor. Reminds me of a good bourbon… that great aftertaste you get that reveals all the hidden flavor you couldn’t taste up front.
IamDarren: just looking up the info, they put in “specially fermented jalapa valley Ligero”
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Man, this one really coats the palate. Like you said, long finish.
IamDarren: looks like each year they only release it in one vitola. 2013 was a double robusto. The 2014 is a Torpedo.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I wouldn’t even know I was buying the special at a B&M unless the box was clearly marked, they look like the normal ones.
Terry1: I like this double robusto size. I’m thinking anything much bigger and I’m not going to be able to finish it. I can already feel the kick.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Me too Terry, this one is a beast.
IamDarren: im nearing the halfway mark. Starting to feel the strength a little now, hard to believe a cigar can be this smooth and mellow and also so potent at the same time.
Terry1: I thought this was a regular V when I first got it. I had to look closely at the band to see maduro on it.
IamDarren: getting more citrus on the finish now, starting to give it a slight acidity.
IamDarren: band came off super easy. Also revealed a big sun spot.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Yeah, I like that acidity though. I still don’t pick out discernable flavors on this onee like I do with other cigars, it’s just one bold flavor that is not too describable.
IamDarren: i have a feeling the last part of this cigar is going to get a lot stronger… we shall see.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I think you are right. I’m only at the halfway point.
IamDarren: im starting to develop a pretty high tolerance for strong cigars and this one already has me melting into the chair… with another 1/3 to go.
Terry1: Mine seems to be losing some of the spice. Still has the sweetness, some earthy notes and a touch as acidity you guys mentioned.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I just had to go to the restroom. It was so hard to climb out of this chair!
IamDarren: btw, i finally got a bottle of special liquor that ordered before my birthday in February. Was starting to think they ripped me off but after trying it, im glad i got it. http://timsmithmoonshine.com/timsmith.html
[Tim Smith Moonshine – Tim Smith]
Tim Smith Moonshine – Tim Smith
StraightUpCigars – Matt: That’s the shit from the show!
Terry1: Was it deliverd in a covered pickup?
StraightUpCigars – Matt: It’s a miracle you’re not blind yet!
IamDarren: It was in a plain box with “Fragile” and “Contains Liquor” stickers all over it
Terry1: Man that would have been confiscated here. No bootlegging in Utah.
IamDarren: lol, its not at all like I thought. It tastes a lot like Bourbon. Its made from Rye, Hops, and Malted Barley. Its quite smooth. I can drink it straight up with no problems.
IamDarren: I think its 90 proof
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Weird. I always thought it would be like everclear.
IamDarren: I think it all depends on who makes it. If its too strong I think it can taste bad
StraightUpCigars – Matt: That’s pretty neat. Mind telling what a bottle costs?
IamDarren: It was about 50 bucks for 750ml, and that was shipped.
IamDarren: thats where i ordered it from
IamDarren: WOW, is this a slow burner or what… finally into the last third.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Yep, this thing is kicking ass and taking names. My name, atleast.
IamDarren: starting to get a hint of char. the resting smoke and the retrohale are making my nose hairs tingle
IamDarren: starting to wish there was just a hint of a breeze to make this ligero fog blow away
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Yep, this one is about as full bodied as it gets now.
IamDarren: i think we may have lost Terry… lol
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Lol. This cigar should have been called delirium… I’m roasted, toasted, and burnt to a crisp.
IamDarren: lol, i think it might be stronger that those Camachos at this point. Definitely one of the strongest I have had in awhile.
IamDarren: wow, i think we just lost him literally! Hope he is ok
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Note to self: don’t ever try to operate anything motorized while smoking one of these, even a lawn mower.
IamDarren: hahaha, no doubt
StraightUpCigars – Matt: You still here Terry?
Terry1: I lost my Internet for a minute. It’s strong. Having trouble even typing.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: That’s good. I pictured you passed out in your chair or something. I’m about there myself.
Terry1: The flavors have really mellowed on mine. It’s not as rich as the first half. May have burned out my palate.
IamDarren: Its funny. Most of the manufacturers go on and on about how bold their new blend is and give it names like Uppercut. Oliva just makes the most potent one of all and puts the same ole band on it.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: So true!
IamDarren: flavor wise, mine is still very good. Most of the same rich maduro flavor as the rest of the smoke with a bit more acid and char flavor. Lots and lots of well aged ligero. Strength starts in the belly and slowly works it way up.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Mine is getting pretty bitter and acidic at this point. I actually don’t care for the flavor currently. No matter, it’s near the end and the first two thirds were very good.
Terry1: The draw on mine has really tightened up. That has probably affected the flavors.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I bet it has. Mine is still good and producing a ton of smoke.
IamDarren: well i did start smoking a lot slower, i think the rest is helping. I just noticed a little heat on the last draw. Probably a good inch left to go.
IamDarren: well Terry, at least this one is going to REALLy help with your jitters. Getting a large nic kick at this point.
Terry1: Yeah I’ll be good for a few days.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Lol. I knocked the ash off and purged it, then let it sit. It’s a whole different cigar again, that really helped.
IamDarren: it seems like a common problem with ligero laced cigars. Heat is the enemy.
IamDarren: whew, im getting a little light headed. This hasn’t happened in awhile.
IamDarren: better go take a swig of Moonshine and finish myself off
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Lol! I was just thinking, you’d be screwed if you had this after a night of drinking, I’d be throwing up.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Still might be.
IamDarren: naw, i rarely get nausea from cigars or liquor. I just hit my max and pass out.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I rarely do to, but this one is enough to do it to me.
IamDarren: got a half inch left and am about to burn my fingers, ready to rate.
Terry1: I think I’m done. Any more and I’m not going to be able stand up. I’m only getting more strength, very little flavor at this point.
IamDarren: too bad yours had a plug, flavor was good on mine until the end.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: Me too, not sure why I’m still puffing on this nub. Can’t stop!
IamDarren: its got you under the ligero spell
StraightUpCigars – Matt: It really does.
IamDarren: loved the flavor, right up my alley. However, i can see that it would not appeal to everyone. Especially with the strength.
Terry1: Great flavors in the first two thirds. Draw hurt it some. But it looks like I was the only one affected. Strength became an issue with my decision to buy a box. A little too strong for my taste.
StraightUpCigars – Matt: I liked the flavor, although it was pretty 1 dimensional. It more than makes up for that with the experience though. It’s a point of pride to tell people you survived this cigar! This was a fun one.
IamDarren: lol, good point. They pushed the envelope with this one.
IamDarren: Think I will let the rest sit for a few months and see if they mellow out a little.
Terry1: I would think this cigar would age well.