Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo

Size: 6" X 52
Wrapper: Broadleaf Sun Grown
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero

Appearance: This is one seriously pretty looking cigar. Examining this stogie, the fact that it is similar in construction to the Padron Anniversary Series comes to mind. This is a great compliment. Wrapped in a very beautiful veinless cocoa wrapper is one firmly packed beautifully balanced looking cigar.

Pre-Light: Clip was a breeze with the Credo Synchro Cutter, just a quick snip and you have a nice even surface. Pre light test was promising, should draw just fine. The pre light draw was rich and tasted of a lovely slow burning cedar.
Burn/Draw: The burn was just spot on, a sign of the fabulous construction mentioned earlier. The burn line was straight all the way down, and did not need a touch up. the ash was firm and a really light grey, which contrasted beautifully with the wrapper (see pictures above and below). The draw was just fine, and volumes of tasty blue grey cool smoke were produced.Flavors: This is one enthralling cigar. The dominant underlying flavor was a smokey cedar note that smelled kind of like if someone in the distance was using cedar in a campfire on a brisk October night. That might sound overly romantic but that's exactly the thought that hit me as soon as I experienced it. Over that beautiful base, that was there the entire length of the cigar, other great flavors drifted. Over the first third you get a tasty coffee note. At about the halfway point it sweetens a bit to what is more like a dark chocolate note. Over the last third some spiciness creeps in. this cigar is medium-full bodied and just past medium in strength. Overall it is an enchanting experience I can heartily recommend.


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