Brand: Oliva Country: Nicaragua
Size: Diadema 7 x 49 Wrapper: Habano Sun Grown
Price: $8.00 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
Outside of the Melanio, the Oliva Serie V is my favorite label in the Oliva Serie…series? If you take a look at the Serie O and Serie G, it becomes clear that the V is a premium stick. With richer colors and a larger label, the V obtains a higher level of polish than it’s cheaper brothers and sisters.
What We Liked:
The appeal of the label is further enhanced by the Diadema size. I want more cigars like this. My recent progression towards smaller rings is growing stronger with each passing sub-50 ring stick. The Oliva V smoked and burn flawlessly, as you can probably tell from the photos. I tried to capture the fantastic smoke production in the photos, but the wind was like, “No!” You’ll just have to trust me on that one.
For some reason, I went into the Serie V thinking I didn’t like the Serie V. I thought this was my second time smoking one and had recalled the first experience negatively. Now I am thinking I probably smoked a Serie G or Serie O. Either way, I was obviously mistaken because the Oliva Serie V was delicious.
For the first few puffs, you can expect a fair amount of spice. I’m always a bit concerned when a stick starts this way but my fears were short-lived. The spice persists throughout but it becomes more balanced with the additional of a sweet woodiness a half-inch or so in.
Towards the middle, the earthiness of the the Oliva V ramps up with the addition of a fairly strong leather component alongside some dark coffee notes. It’s weird how leather can be a desirable flavor in cigars. I would never want to eat leather but I seem to enjoy smoking it. Combined with the sweet wood and pepper, the Serie V was a tasty cigar from start to finish.
What We Didn’t Like:
The size is a double edged sword. While I absolutely love it, as far as I can tell, it’s only available as part of this Oliva sampler. That is a shame because I would love to buy a five pack of just the Diadema! Do you hear me Oliva? Of course, if any of our readers can prove me wrong, let me know!
Should You Try/Buy It:
No doubt about it! The Oliva Serie V checks all the right boxes. Solid construction? Check. Great flavors? Check. Reasonably priced? Check. I certainly understand why this cigar receives a lot of praise. If, like me, you’ve been waiting on the sidelines to try this one, now is the time to get off the bench.