A Complete Guide To Oliva Cigars

When the first handcrafted Oliva cigars were created in 1886 in Pinar del Río, Cuba, the Oliva family had no idea what an outstanding and influential brand it would become. Now produced in Nicaragua in a wide range of highly rated styles, Oliva is one of the world’s most respected cigar trademarks, and for very good reason. Treat yourself to any of the Oliva cigars in the list below – you’re bound to discover your next obsession.

Connecticut Reserve

W: Ecuador
B: Nicaragua
F: Nicaragua

Strength: Mellow – Medium
Origin: Nicaragua

A smooth favorite for the coffee-pairing crowd, Oliva Connecticut Reserve cigars offer a mellow-medium-bodied smoke with a rewarding depth of woody tasting tones. Notes of cream, cedar, oak, and espresso rush up to greet the palate in every silky draw for a relaxing blast of morning-friendly flavors.

Flor de Oliva

W: Various
B: Nicaragua
F: Nicaragua

Strength: Medium
Origin: Nicaragua

A long-time best-seller in the budget-priced category, the affordable Flor de Oliva bundles deliver rich flavor at an awesome value. Available in a range of popular sizes in your choice of Connecticut, Corojo, Natural, or Maduro wrappers, these no-nonsense go-to smokes are as easily accessible as they are solidly satisfying.

Gilberto Oliva Reserva

W: Ecuador
B: Nicaragua
F: Nicaragua

Strength: Medium
Origin: Nicaragua

Named for Oliva cigar family patriarch Gilberto Oliva Sr., the Gilberto Oliva Reserva is built using lush inner tobaccos from Ecuador and Nicaragua under an oily Sumatra leaf. Medium in body, this 91-rated tribute smoke is forceful in piquant flavors of nuts, earth, and rye toast with a pervasive push of leather throughout.

Gilberto Oliva Reserva Blanc

W: Ecuador
B: Nicaragua
F: Nicaragua

Strength: Mellow
Origin: Nicaragua

Showcasing the golden glow of a flawless Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper leaf, the Gilberto Oliva Reserva Blanc provides a marvelously mellow alternative to the original Gilberto. Combining this gorgeous wrapper with an earthy Ecuadorian binder and fine Nicaraguan fillers creates a creamy profile that’s teeming with tones of coffee, savory cedar, roasted nuts, and buttery spices before a long and satisfying finish.

Master Blends 3

W: Nicaragua
B: Nicaragua
F: Nicaragua

Strength: Full
Origin: Nicaragua

Some may see the name of this longtime fan favorite and think, “So where are Master Blends 1 and 2?” However, once you get a taste of this full-bodied banger, that’ll be the last thing on your mind. Rolled using 100% rich leaves raised in Nicaraguan soils, the Oliva Master Blends 3 is opulent in big notes of chocolate, cedar, and spices to impress palates of all experience levels. With its unmatched earthy panache, this 92-rated classic never goes out of style.

Serie G

W: Africa, U.S.A.
B: Nicaragua
F: Nicaragua

Strength: Medium
Origin: Nicaragua

A humidor staple for many, the Oliva Serie G is a shining example of how to employ the earthy-sweet flavor of Cameroon wrapper to create a compellingly rich tasting profile. With spot-on medium-bodied strength and fantastic balance, the Serie G offers bold impressions of cedar, coffee, cacao, almond, bread, and spices. For a darker and sweeter experience, check out the Connecticut Broadleaf-wrapped Oliva Serie G Maduro.

Serie O

W: Nicaragua, U.S.A.
B: Nicaragua
F: Nicaragua

Strength: Medium
Origin: Nicaragua

Twisting a smooth blend of all Nicaraguan tobaccos into a medium-bodied vehicle for vigorous flavor, the Oliva Serie O gets its lip-smacking kick from a potent sun-grown wrapper leaf. Zesty in tones of salted earth and spices, this rich and balanced smoke has been rated as high as a seldom-seen 94 for its unique palate-pleasing character and impeccable burn performance. Grab the Maduro version for a deeper taste of spice and cocoa.

Serie V

W: Nicaragua
B: Nicaragua
F: Nicaragua

Strength: Full
Origin: Nicaragua

Crafted using an oily sun-grown Habano wrapper around kick-ass ligero filler leaves grown in the Jalapa Valley, Oliva Serie V cigars deliver award-winning richness in every draw. Spicy and woody with notes of red pepper, cedar, leather, and hints of caramel sweetness, the Serie V’s amazing bold flavor has earned it 94 and 95 ratings in multiple sizes – a rare and respectable accomplishment.

Serie V Maduro Especial

W: Mexico
B: Nicaragua
F: Nicaragua

Strength: Full
Origin: Nicaragua

Offering a smooth pool of flavors with tones of coffee, nougat, and sweet cedar, the Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial adds further credence to the legendary Serie V’s reputation for excellence. Rated as high as 92, this exceptional Nicaraguan blend exudes masterful dark character with beautiful nuances of spice and subtle chocolate.

Serie V Melanio

W: Ecuador
B: Nicaragua
F: Nicaragua

Strength: Full
Origin: Nicaragua

Quite possibly the most celebrated blend of the last decade, Oliva’s incredible Serie V Melanio blend is the brand’s crowning achievement. Named for family patriarch and brand founder Melanio Oliva, this dynamic combination of Nicaraguan tobaccos under a silky Sumatra leaf delivers a meaty explosion of earthy and peppery pleasures. With tones of cedar at its core, the Melanio’s deep profile evolves to reveal a delicious banquet of baking spices with an uncanny smoothness. It’s earned numerous slots on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars, including the highly coveted #1 position and an extraordinary 96 rating, and the mention of its name continues to raise eyebrows and turn heads.

Serie V Melanio Maduro

W: Mexico
B: Maduro
F: Maduro

Strength: Full
Origin: Nicaragua

Putting a decadent twist on a modern classic, the Serie V Melanio Maduro uses a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper leaf to unlock dark new dimensions of satisfaction. Hearty tones of coffee, pepper, and earth are transmitted smoothly over the course of the Melanio Maduro’s clean, even, and deliciously satisfying burn.


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