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Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Torpedo

Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6 1/2 Inches
Ring Gauge: 52
Flavor Profile: Pepper, Spice, Earthy
Strength: Full bodied
Average Price: $13

I have been a fan of the line for a long time but, with the exception of the Master Blend 3, they were lacking in full bodied strong cigars. That all changed with the Serie V Melanio Maduro.

This is a very sleek cigar and is noticably darker than it's brother, the Melanio. The wrapper is smooth with minimal veins. This is a very aromatic cigar and you can smell the rich spices with a strong hint of pepper before lighting it.

The first puff was not as strong as I expected but during the first third the peppery spices began to kick in. I also tasted an earthy undertone that intensified during the second third.

The second third also introduced a nice woodsy taste and when blended with the peppery spices this cigar began to pick up strength.

In the final third the peppery spices and earthy undertones kicked up a few notches. Mixed with the somewhat cedary aroma, the final third was my favorite part of this cigar. It is not quite as strong or full bodied as it's cousin the Master Blend 3 but it definitely is a step in the right direction for Oliva lovers seeking a nice maduro from the line.

At $13 per stick this is not an everyday cigar for me but it usually finds itself in my weekly lineup. A nice shot of scotch and a Malanio Maduro is a great end to a long week. If I found a great deal on a box I would definitely pick up a box of these but for now one or two a week satisfies my Oliva craving.

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