It’s Stog o’Clock with CutLightSmoke! This time, I have a special review for you guys. It’s a cigar that has experienced a lot of recent hype and won a very notable award. Enter the Oliva Serie V Melanio.
The Oliva Serie V has been a favorite of mine for a long time, so naturally, when I heard about the Melanio extension, I was ecstatic. This past year, Cigar Aficianado published their Top 25 Cigars of the Year, and after only a few years on the market, the Melanio claimed its crown at the top of the list with the title of 2014 Cigar of the Year.
After a few months into 2015, I found it only fitting to revisit this cigar and see how it fares.
I chose to review the Oliva Serie V Melanio in the Figurado size as this was the same size that was crowned Cigar of the Year. It is a masterfully rolled, boxed-pressed cigar with tapered ends at the head and the foot. It is 6.5 inches in length with a 52 ring gauge – the perfect size for my preference. The wrapper is silky smooth to the touch with a lot of tooth. Oils are practically oozing out of this Ecuadorian-grown Sumatra leaf. Within, the Melanio touts a hefty blend of Nicaraguan ligero. The wrapper gives off very little pre-light aroma. There is a slight sweet tobacco smell with a note of hay coming out of the foot.
After I cut the head of the cigar, the cap frays slightly. The draw is perfect with a very easy light due to the small tapered foot, but the smoke output is surprisingly minimal. Flavors off of the first light consist of a creamy wood with a mild spice through the nose. The finish is short with the same flavors lingering.
The first third presents a pleasant toasty bread flavor with a strong, full-bodied coffee on the tongue and through the retro-hale. A slight spice is added in on the now-longer finish. The body and strength are medium to full, yet the smoke is still very smooth. The burn and draw are perfect with smoke production increasing.
The second third kicks it up a notch! The body and strength are topping out at the full mark. There is a substantial transition to a prevalent cinnamon spice with a note of smoky wood on the tongue. These same flavors are even more powerful through the nose, and they stick around for a very long finish. The smoke output has improved tremendously and the burn continues to be flawless.
The final third is a spice bomb. A very spicy leather flavor makes an appearance on the tongue. There is a note of toast that is more noticeable through the nose as well as a black pepper on the end of the finish. The cinnamon note from the second third has toned down quite a bit, but it’s still hanging around in the backseat. The strength and body remain at the full mark. The smoke output continues to be great, although very dry.
Overall, the Oliva Serie V Melanio is a fantastic cigar. It’s not a cigar for the faint of heart, as it does have a lot of strength, but the flavors are very enjoyable and complex. The construction is top-notch, and it performs well throughout. Expect the total smoke time to be around the hour and a half mark. I can’t say if it’s the number one cigar of the year for me, but it easily makes my top five. I highly recommend giving this one a try!
Noah – CutLightSmoke
Watch the Cigar Review of the Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado on YouTube.
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