Oliva is a name you want to look for when finding a top quality cigar. They’ve one Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of the Year award for 4 years straight for their cigars. The Serie G was intended as a medium body blend, and with how it was rolled, its flavor changes very little with aging. Which means this cigar is just as enjoyable straight out of the box as it would be years in the humidor. Whether you appreciate that or not, you’ll appreciate the flavor and quality of the Series G Figurado.
The wrapper is made from African Cameroon, making it rich and strong. The binder is a Cuban-Seed Habano, and the filler is a Nicaraguan Habano. The roll of the cigar gives it a kind of funny shape, making it look like a Short Story, only longer. The ring is a 60 gauge, with a pyramid head to toe. Even with the difficult shape, the burn is nice and even. And the draw is not as tight as you’d expect, but gives a little resistance.
You’ll notice the Cameroon at the start, giving it a rich, creamy beginning. The second third moves into flavors of wood, like cedar, and into other spices, such as cinnamon or cloves. As it ends, you’ll taste the notes of coffee and a cedar overtone that takes over, but doesn’t over power. It’s a medium body blend, so it’s not too powerful and spicy. It’s very mellow and has a nice heady aroma.
If you’re looking at premium cigars, the Oliva Serie G is a great place to start. It’s not too robust, but gives a great taste of what you could expect from Oliva. The strange shape of it may mask the different flavors of the pre-draw, but it makes up for it in the quality of the burn and the creamy, rich smoke you get. It’s a great cigar if you’re looking at something to add to your rotation, because although it is considered a premium cigar, it does not come with the premium price.