Team Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020

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Cigar Details: Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020

  • Vitola: Figurado
  • Length: 6.5
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera Oliva de Nicaragua
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $15.07
  • Release Date: November 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates via Napa Cigars

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: A fabulous shape being a rectangle pressed figurado, the Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020 has a dark brown wrapper with a matte finish and some lightly raised veins. The seams are slightly raised due to the thickness of the wrapper, and the tapered head is well finished. There are two bands with the primary being the traditional Serie V design with the secondary carrying a similar color profile and designating Melanio Maduro. The aroma from the wrapper is a light mix of wood and slightly damp earth while the small foot opening brings the same. The pre-light draw brings cedar, earth and light cocoa.
Seth: Silky in texture, the pressed perfecto is firm in hand. The Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020 sports large veins throughout and at places the wrapper seems loose. The head has a weird taper to it which does not help appearance. I am picking up aromas of earth, cocoa, red pepper spices and cedar.
John: The Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020 has an appealing pre-light experience with the interesting perfecto shape and the double bands. Aromas from the cigar included rich baking spices, a big punch of nutmeg and aged wood. From the slightly exposed foot, there was sweet hay.
Jiunn: The Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020 has an even espresso brown wrapper with traces of tooth everywhere. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper indicate a faint cedar. Cold draw gives spicy cedar and zingy baking spices.

Team Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020

Team Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with musty cedar, dark chocolate and light baking spice. At a quarter inch in, the cedar becomes much fuller and gains a toasted note while the baking spice becomes fuller as well and the dark chocolate is light in the background. At three quarters of an inch in, the toast leaves the cedar and it mellows to show a very aged state as the baking spice has mellowed as well and some earth joins the profile. The retrohale brings musty, aged cedar and light earth. As the third comes to a close, the aged cedar and mustiness are up front with the earth right behind, the baking spice is a little further back and there is still a faint dark chocolate in the background. The baking spice does have a long finish. The strength in this third is right at medium.
Seth: The first third delivers some lovely sweet spice notes that are paired with cocoa powder. There is a dry earth profile present along with some cedar shavings and coffee beans as well. There are touches of red pepper on the finish, and it smokes around a medium level for strength and body.
John: The first third starts out with dark wood, mild earth and a combination of light wood and baking spices to finish. Molasses and baking spices make up the retrohale. Sweet wood settles on the post draw as the cigar progresses. Creaminess joins the retrohale approaching the halfway mark with light cocoa underneath shortly after.
Jiunn: The first third has flavors of charred coffee, cedar and baking spices. On the retrohale, powerful white pepper spice and lingering cedar. The finish has a soft lingering cedar. Medium strength and body.

Team Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020

Team Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020

Second Third

Aaron: The second third begins as a continuation of the first, but the baking spice finish is so long, it bleeds into the next draw. At a half inch in, the earth is now dry and has become even with the musty, aged cedar. The retrohale is musty cedar and dry earth. At an inch and a half in, the overall profile is pretty dry and the dark chocolate is no longer detectable. The strength in this third remained at medium.
Seth: The second third shows a continuation of lovely cocoa powder notes with cedar, earth and sweet spices. The red pepper is still present and the cigar smokes at a solid medium level for strength and body.
John: The second third begins with creamy mild baking spices, faint cocoa, with a sharp cedar to finish. Cedar moves into the center of the profile as the second third settles in. By the halfway point, mild cocoa comes through under the cedar at the end of each draw.
Jiunn: The second third’s profile picks up a creaminess. With that are the same over-arching flavors of charred coffee, baking spices and cedar. The retrohale does taper down the white pepper note and thus makes it a nicer and smoother experience. Strength increases to medium-full, body maintains medium.

Team Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020

Team Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020

Final Third

Aaron: The final third continues with the musty cedar and dry earth even up front while the baking spice has mellowed a bit and the long finish is now of dry earth and light baking spice. At an inch in, the cedar once again gains a toasted note. The retrohale remains musty cedar and dry earth. The cigar wraps up with toasted and musty cedar even with dry earth along with mild baking spice. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third shows a slight continuation from the second third and I am picking up notes of earth, cocoa powder and sweet spices. There are some coffee bean and licorice notes on the end, and like before it is smoking around a medium level.
John: Medium strength baking spices and cedar take the flavor profile into the last third. Creaminess returns to the retrohale but is pushed aside by baking spices. Cedar drives the profile for most of the last third.
Jiunn: Nothing has changed for the final third. Still a creaminess to the charred coffee, baking spices and cedar. Strength and body finishes the same medium-full and medium.

Team Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020

Team Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020

Burn

Aaron: The burn line was straight through the first half and then got a bit wavy in the second half, but never needed any attention. The ash held on in two inch increments.
Seth: Very good burn throughout. Well constructed cigar.
John: The burn is very straight for the entire review and I knocked the ash off at 1-1/2 notches to prevent it from falling in my lap.
Jiunn: The perfecto shaped cigar had no issues with the burn. Plenty of smoke production, even burn, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Team Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020

Team Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Very good draw from start to finish.
John: The initial draw was quite resistant, roughly 4 to 4-1/2 notches which would have put it in the subpar category. As is the case with most figurado cigars, the draw opened once it reached the shoulder, but only opened to 3 to 3-1/2 notches resistant putting it in the average category.
Jiunn: The draw was also perfect, striking the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar started with a nice flavor profile with a good amount of complexity, but by the second third, the profile became fairly dry with the dry earth having a fair amount of influence. I really wish the complex profile from the first third had continued longer as it was pretty enjoyable. I feel as though the regular production Serie V line provides more enjoyable profiles and would be where I’d go back to often. As it sits, I don’t see myself returning to the Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020, especially at the high price point.
Seth: Overall, the Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020 is a good cigar. It is a nice Oliva and a solid Mexican San Andres offering. I don’t think I would go crazy over the release, and I know Oliva has released better annual offerings, but a good cigar. Nice balance and flavors throughout. Well constructed as well. Nothing amazing or truly special, but good. Price is a little high in my opinion.
John: The Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020 provided some flavors in the first third that piqued my interest. A combination of wood, earth, baking spices, molasses, creaminess and cocoa had me engaged. That level of complexity faded as the cigar progressed, settling into a pretty average flavor experience for the remainder of the review. Burn was excellent and the draw had some significant resistance to it. Even though I would be classified as a fan boy of most Oliva offerings, given that I have the Oliva Serie V Maduro releases dating back to 2008, but the Melanio series has never seemed to keep my interest. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 5 minutes.
Jiunn: The Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020 didn’t blow me away or make me fall asleep. It comes in right dab in the middle of being average. The flavors were nice with creaminess, charred coffee, baking spice and cedar. But mainly due to the charred and burnt tasting coffee note, it gave off too much earthiness without enough of a supporting cast to pull it out of it being mediocre. I’d still smoke them but it will certainly not sit on the top shelf of the humidor.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$2.51

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.20

Cost/Point

$2.43

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$2.67

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.62

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado 2020
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