Size: Corona – 6×46
Wrapper: Sun-Grown Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan Habano
According to the Oliva website, Serie O is a Nicaraguan Puro. Made in the original Cuban tradition of growing the same Habano seed in diverse regions of the country to produce a distinct blend. This blend was achieved by growing Habano in Esteli, Condega and Jalapa Valley. This beautiful stick definitely has the look of a traditional Cuban. I am extremely excited to get this stick cut and toasted.
Pre-Light: The wrapper on this amazing looking stick has the appearance of a silky chocolate bar. There are slights veins in the wrapper and the roll of the stick is quite firm. After cutting, the cold draw is of perfect consistency. The flavor of the cold draw is that of sweet, rich tobacco with no spice.
First Half: After toasting, the initial flavors that come forward is very surprising. Immediately there is a woodsy presence. An enjoyable combination of oak and cedar takes me back to my time of being a carpenter. As I progress through this half, the flavors are staying the same. This is not a very complex cigar, but it is very enjoyable. The ash is possibly the most white ash I have ever seen on a cigar. It held on for about 1 1/2 inches before falling off.
The second half of this beautiful cigar has brought an interesting and pleasant change in flavor. The cedar and oak have disappeared. The cigar now exudes a rich chocolate flavor with hints of coffee. The burn is razor sharp with no touch ups necessary. As I close out the stick, the chocolate and coffee has melted together well to form a heavy mocha latte flavor. Something else that is greatly enjoyable about this cigar is the room note. It exudes a very pleasant aromatic chocolate odor.
Conclusion: If I would have found this cigar when I first started smoking, this would probably have been my go to stick. It is perfect for the new smoker, as it is not heavy in strength but has great flavor. It has enough boldness to be enjoyed by the seasoned smoker. Go get you some!
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