Team Cigar Review: Oliva Gilberto Reserva Blanc Corona

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Cigar Details: Oliva Gilberto Reserva Blanc Corona

  • Vitola: Corona
  • Length: 5.75″
  • Ring Gauge: 43
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera Oliva de Nicaragua
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $5.75
  • Release Date: August 2017
  • Source: Holt’s

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Oliva Gilberto Reserva Blanc Corona is a light tan with a few green areas. There are a couple of slightly raised veins present and while the seams are smooth, they are easily detectable. The head is finished off with a well applied double cap. The band is white, brown and gold and designates the line name. There is also a cedar sleeve that runs from just under the band to the foot and is finished with a black ribbon at the bottom. The aroma from the wrapper is dominantly cedar, but the portion that was above the band has no noticeable aroma. The foot brings cedar and soft stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw brings a creamy cedar and a very light spice to my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Oliva Gilberto Reserva Blanc Corona has a light caramel Colorado Claro wrapper shade. Construction feels top notch as veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a well applied triple cap. Aromas from the wrapper give pungent barnyard stank and hay. Aromas from the foot tell a nice blast of black pepper, cedar and barnyard. Cold draw gives dried nuts, light cedar and dried persimmons.

First Third

The cigar begins with chalky wood and a mild baking spice. At a half inch in, the chalkiness has faded away and is replaced by slightly dry earth. The baking spice has also picked up a bit. The retrohale has a wood note that is a hybrid between cedar and oak. As the third comes to a close, the cedar has morphed into that cedar/oak hybrid I got on the retrohale along with some dry earth and baking spice. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third gives a medium strength and bodied profile with plenty of creamy and sweet nuttiness. Surrounding this, there’s also cedar and a hint of minerals. Retrohaling introduces spice into the mix (black/white pepper type), as well as increased minerals and that great creamy and sweet nuttiness. The finish is pretty short with just a hint of cedar shavings.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the wood note has fully transitioned over to oak as the baking spice is right behind it and the dry earth is right behind that. The retrohale carries a mirror image of this same profile. As the third comes to a close, a bit of char joins the profile and the baking spice has become very faint. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Second Third

The second third transitions into a profile providing more minerals and cedar as compared to the creamy sweet nuttiness baseline within the first third. Further, tannins show up on the tongue and rear palate. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

The baking spice is completely gone as the final third begins and the dry earth has become even with the slightly charred oak. At a quarter inch in, the char begins to increase. The retrohale carries charred oak and a vegetal note. As the cigar comes to a close, some mustiness joins the profile of charred oak and dry earth. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

The last third finishes being very similar to the second third except for some elevated spicy cedar like notes. Overall profile is still medium strength and body with flavors of spicy cedar, minerals, sweet and creamy nuttiness.

Burn

The burn was razor sharp the entire way. The ash held on in three quarter inch increments.

Burn

Perfect burn. Straight burn, solid ash marks and retention, cool burn.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The Oliva Gilberto Reserva Blanc Corona started off pretty well, but once the dry earth entered, it knocked things down a notch and that went through the end of the cigar. The strength was a bit higher than Connecticut shade cigars are typically associated with, but worked well with this blend. The price point on the cigar is fantastic, so for those that find this blend to their liking will be something they can enjoy frequently. I’d be interested in trying this in another vitola, hoping to dodge the dry earth, but in this vitola, it probably isn’t something I’d return to.

Aaron
Jiunn
GoodPre
Light
Good
GoodFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdGood
AverageFinal
Third
Good
AmazingBurnAmazing
Very GoodDrawAmazing
AverageOverallGood

Draw

The draw was ideal giving the perfect amount of air flow.

Overall

I can’t believe the Oliva Gilberto Reserva Blanc Corona is sub $6. The cigar easily smokes like twice that amount. I’d pin point this to the more traditional side of Connecticut Shade due to the dominantly creamy, sweet, nutty aspects. That, followed up with emphasized minerals, cedar and tannins all points to a Connecticut Shade done right. Best value cigar no doubt.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.95

Cost/Point

$0.97

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

7.17

Cost/Point

$0.80

Scoring System

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