Oliva Serie V lancero
The Oliva serie V was a cigar i used to smoke a lot of. There were a few reasons for this, they were a relatively inexpensive cigar that still has a ton of flavor. Then they blew up in cigar aficionado and every other publication out there and suddenly they were more rare than ‘76 clos du bois. Unfortunately the backlash of great publicity is high demand, which usually leads to inferior products being rushed to market. In the case of the serie V that didn’t happen. They continued to put out a very consistent product while stepping up their production and trying to fulfill there new found popularity. This cigar was no exception. Quality was there first priority when they produced this cigar. The dark chocolate wrapper had a few minor veins in it but nothing that affected the smoking process. One of the unexpected pleasantries of this cigar was how well it drew the whole way through. Many times with non-cuban lanceros they get rolled a bit too tight and are virtually un-smokable without hyperventilating. The cigar put out enough smoke but not a huge amount. The flavors in this cigar were fairly basic but very enjoyable. lots of chocolate notes a bit woody but for the most part it was just a raw tobacco taste. a very enjoyable cigar and reminded me why i used to smoke them so often a great value cigar.