Oliva V Maduro Toro 2012 Review
Oliva has been releasing a V Maduro annually for a few years now. The blend is unique each year and the shape varies as well, but one thing that remains the same year after year is their popularity. For retailers it is a no brainer. With the original V, Oliva established itself as an elite manufacturer capable of consistently high quality, and the V maduro has only worked to secure that reputation further.
This year’s edition is limited to 5000 boxes of 10. That’s not a heck of a lot, so they will most likely disappear quickly. Let’s see if they are worth speeding down to your local Brick & Mortar for a box or two.
The V maduro begins with a fairly dark, chocolaty-brown San Andres Mexican maduro wrapper, that exhibits very little in the way of sheen, but is a bit toothy. Packed inside the cigar is a Nicaraguan binder and a filler mix that has plenty of Jalapa ligero in it. And when I say packed, I do mean packed. The cigar is quite firm, bordering on hard but the guillotine reveals an appropriately resistant draw. A nose of the wrapper was disappointing in its absence of aroma and the foot wasn’t much better. I think I noted tea as well as damp earth but they were so light, I may have imagined them.
Size: Toro 6×50
Wrapper: San Andres Maduro (Mexico)
Upon lighting, I was greeted by earth, leather and dry cocoa after getting past the initial harshness. The harshness subsided quickly and wasn’t an issue. The strength was a solid medium and the body just shy of that.
In the second third, the flavors intensified and a dry oak note crept in and the body and strength notched up a tad. I was surprised by the lack of sweetness and spice as these are both hallmarks of the original V. The smoke was remarkably cool, and the ash was a firm, light grey and the cigar stayed hard and by that I mean it didn’t get wet and soft as some cigars are prone to do. I hate an under-filled, squishy cigar.
In the final third the construction remained flawless. Clean, straight, even and cool burning, the cigar was at a solid medium plus at this point. The cocoa had all but vanished, replaced by a dry licorice, which was a nice complement to the leather and earthy oak.
Dry was a recurring theme of this cigar. Not from a moisture perspective, just the overall feel and flavors.
The Oliva V was an enjoyable smoke, especially during the last third with the licorice, just not really my style. Now if the maduro V had a little more richness and some spice, you would have a stick that you couldn’t drag me away from.