The Oliva Serie O is a very nice reimagining of one of Oliva’s favorite cigar blends. Oliva has been making exceptional cigars, winning a lot of awards and high praise from Cigar Aficionado over the past several years. The Serie O is a very tasty stogie that is good from the first light through the nub. With a 92 rating from Cigar Aficionado, it also makes it a great buy for the price.
The Serie O cigar is a Nicaraguan Puro. Wrapper, filler, and binder are Nicaraguan habano seed grown in various regions around Nicaragua. It produces a very distinct flavor similar to the style of cigars in the Cuban style. The wrapper is a nice brown color, which comes from the sun-grown habano wrapper. It’s very silky, and has good color and shine.
The draw is very clear and smooth, and there’s plenty of smoke from this stick. The burn stays even for most of the cigar, but you may need to touch it up as you go, so keep that in mind. You may not have to touch it up at all, since it did have a fairly even burn, but just keep the lighter around in case you do have it stray a bit.
The flavors of the Oliva Serie O are a favorite for people who like the line. It starts out with a nice coffee taste, with a sweet spice undertone. The second third has lighter coffee tones, and flavors of cedar and caramel, with nutty tastes as well. They all mix really well, and make a very smooth and tasty transition from first third to second. The final third is a bit sweeter, which gives a really clean and smooth finish. Woody flavors, and a stronger sweet note on the palette from the smoke.
Cigar Aficionado named this one of the top 50 cigars, period, which says something about the flavors. It really is a tasty stogie that’s got a lot of flavor, but isn’t overwhelming. The flavors are really enjoyable, and don’t hide, but they aren’t going to overwhelm you either. The flavor notes all mix well together, and the smooth draw makes it a pleasant smoke.