Oliva Series V 135th Anniversary Edicion Limitada
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Smoking time: 117 minutes
What Makes it Special
In the realm of premium cigars, Oliva’s reputation for excellence is unparalleled, and their latest masterpiece, the Oliva Serie V 135th Anniversary Edicion Limitada, exemplifies their unwavering dedication to quality and tradition. This exceptional blend marries dark and exquisite Ecuador Habano wrappers with the finest Nicaraguan tobaccos, and its unique 5.5”x54 perfecto shape, featuring a classic round cap and elegantly tapered foot, elevates it to a true work of art. But how does it smoke? Join in with me:
The prelight experience of this cigar is a harmonious blend of leather and cedar notes, setting the stage for a truly exceptional smoking journey. To me, the wrapper does not appear oily as some accounts suggest, but it is also neither dry nor cracking. Cutting with my V-cut went perfectly.
The experience of this cigar’s initial light – a fiery dance of habano spice and a smooth leather finish ignites the senses and hints at the richness of the blend.
In the second third, this cigar offers a nuanced experience. As the taper opens, the spice transitions to the retro-hale while leather and caramel take center stage on the palate. The body is medium, and the burn is razor sharp.
The final third of this cigar is pure delight! It’s a symphony of caramel sweetness and tantalizing spices, all beautifully wrapped up with a velvety, sweet-cream-like finish.
This is an iconic anniversary release from a highly regarded brand. Suppose you like bold flavors that pair well with high-proof and smokey whiskeys or are a fan of the usual Serie V. In that case, this offers that same experience just amped up a notch by the unusual version of the perfecto vitola (looking to me more like a simple wooden club than anything). This cigar is everything it needs to be for such a release, and I bid those who prefer cigars in this flavor realm to try one while you can. The only detractors I felt were the wrapper not being as oily as I’ve seen touted/expected of the Serie V, and the odd vitola isn’t super appealing on the shelf and also could be considered by some a bit small for the price, and these could easily be a non-issue to you if they don’t affect your enjoyment of the cigar. And so, the final score for the Oliva Serie V 135th Anniversary Edicion Limitada is 94 out of 100.