Part 4 – Oliva Serie G Special G Maduro
“Winter is coming…”
…and with winter comes a time to enjoy all the smaller cigars in your humidor! If you live in the northern part of the USA and find yourself without an indoor lounge, it’s almost time to put those churchills and 6 x 60s away. Winter is a great time to get to know some petit coronas, small perfectos, and other cigars that don’t take quite so long to smoke. For the next few weeks I’ll be featuring some of my favorite short smokes for winter because, let’s face it, nobody wants to freeze their fingers off for two hours just to enjoy a good cigar.
Next up is a Full Review of the Oliva Serie G Special G Maduro. This is a small figurado, and a great example of the type of value Oliva brings to the table. The original posting of this review can be found here.
-Country – Nicaragua
-Wrapper – Connecticut Broadleaf
-Binder – Cuban-seed Habano
-Filler – Nicaraguan Habano
-Size – 3 3/4 x 48 figurado
-Price – $4.30, $5.50 local
The Oliva Serie G – Special G has a dark brown Maduro wrapper that is smooth and slightly oily. The wrapper itself smells, and even tastes, of semi-sweet chocolate chips. The cold draw tastes of straw, but is really pleasant with the sweetness from the wrapper. A typical Oliva Serie G band sits right in the middle of this cigar, and it slides off without effort when the time comes. I’ve smoked a lot of these and sometimes the draw can be on the tight side, and this one is no different. It is still perfectly smokable, just a little tight for my preference.
I normally use a jet flame lighter, but for Special Gs I like to use my soft-flame Dunhill to light the small foot. The flavors are a little muted for the first half inch, but I get a nice bit of cocoa sweetness and straw. Once the burn line gets into the bulge, it really opens up and morphs into a beautiful leather flavor. The draw also opens up but is still a little tight. The finish is mostly leather and is not too short and not too long. The room aroma is still sweet, but the smoke now is all leather. A bit of spice comes out on the retro-hale.
Once past the bulge, the body of the smoke picks up significantly. The leather has started to fade into the background, and chocolate and spice are becoming the primary flavors. This is a nice cigar to “sip” on, as opposed to taking big drags, and I really recommend it as the flavors come alive with smaller puffs. The chocolate at this point is taking on a dusty cocoa feel through my nose, and a sugary sweetness sits low in my mouth, almost under my tongue. I can also pick up cinnamon now and then, but only as a secondary flavor. I get a pure chocolate taste every so often that is like eating a nice piece of Cadbury’s. Again, this is fleeting when it happens, but oh, so enjoyable.
The end of the Special G continues with a dark chocolate flavor. If the cigar gets hot it loses a lot of its taste, so I really need to watch my cadence to keep the temperature down. I had one minor touch up towards the end, but mostly for cosmetic reasons. The cinnamon comes back with some Christmas spices, almost like nutmeg, and continues with the chocolate all the way to the nub.
I find these to be excellent cigars after breakfast, after work, or after I put my kids to bed. For some reason they just add that little something “special” to top off any minor event. These can be smoked any time of day, but after a heavy meal I would choose something with a little more “oomph.” The flavors are excellent, the price is great, and the construction is hassle-free.
Flavor – Medium
Strength – Mild-plus
Body – Medium
Construction – Very Good
There’s nothing remarkable about the Oliva Serie G – Special G, but overall it’s a tasty little smoke that scores a solid…
3 out of 5