Welcome back for yet another Monday review. Over the past couple of weeks I have had the opportunity to smoke a few Oliva Series G Cameroons. You may recall that I reviewed the Maduro version a few months back and was very happy with it. Due to the fact that I am more of a Cameroon kind of guy, I have even higher hopes for particular cigar.
The vitola up for review today is the Belicoso size, weighing in at five inches by fifty two ring gauge. The filler and binder are made up of Nicaraguan tobacco while the wrapper is an African grown Cameroon.
At first glance the wrapper has a sort of unusually color. It has a similar color to a cup of coffee with extra creme added, while also having a sort of greenish hue. While the color seems a little unusual, it is attractive. The wrapper texture is smooth with tiny veins running throughout. When pinched the cigar feels firmly packed with a slight spring.
After a quick and clean cut with my guillotine cutter, I found the pre light draw to be free with little resistance. I moved on to the next step and after a quick toast and light the cigar was producing thick clouds of flavorful smoke. The initial flavor was toasty and buttery with a very mild spice. The finish was about average, staying on the palate for two or three minutes after each puff. The body was in the medium range and complimented the cigar well at this point.
After the first couple puffs I settled into the first third of my Oliva Series G Cameroon. I was experiencing a slight problem with an uneven burn, which corrected itself naturally after several minutes of smoking. The base flavor was still dominantly toasty and butter with a mild spice when blown through the sinuses. I was now beginning to get a mild leathery aftertaste, which lasted for a minute or so after each puff. With the body remaining Medium and the Finish about average, this cigar was making for a nice and relaxing smoke.
As I puffed my way into the second third, I found the body to be building slowly. While still in the medium range, it was slowly building as I burned deeper into the cigar. The base flavor remained toasty and buttery while the leathery aftertaste disappeared. The spicy flavor I was getting while blowing the smoke through my sinuses was also slowly building. The finish was now smooth and creamy while lasting just a couple of minutes on the palate. The draw was excellent and continued to produce thick clouds of smoke. The burn rate was both slow and even, which rounded out the second third very well.
The final third of this cigar wrapped up very well. The base flavor remained toasty and buttery while picking up a sort of coffee like flavor. The spice seemed to hit its peak and mingled very well with the base flavors of the smoke. The body also peaked, but remained in the medium range. The finish seemed to get a little shorter, only lasting for a minute or so, on the palate while remaining smooth and creamy.
Overall I think that this was a very good cigar medium bodied cigar. This, to me, seemed like the perfect cigar for the fairly new cigar smoker as it is smooth and enjoyable without being the slightest bit offensive. With a price point of just over $3.00 I think that this cigar is a must buy the next time you stop in at your local cigar shop.
While I think that this cigar was very good, I donâ€™t think it stands up to the Series G Maduro. The Maduro seems to have more of a rich flavor that gives it the edge, at least for me anyway.
7 thoughts on “Oliva Series G – Cameroon”
This was a good review, especially given events in Virginia. I just smoked a Munniemaker Perfecto 100 Oscuro (5.25 â€“ 52 gauge) over a two hour lunch to clear my head. Maybe there’d be less violence if everyone found a good cigar to smoke.
Great review Walt. I have really had a thing for Cameroons lately too. I usually prefer maduros, but lately I have really enjoyed the cameroons.
I just picked up a couple of these and will be enjoying my first today, during my drive home from work. Only thing is that I wish they made them a little larger. I really like cigars in the 54-58 range. Oh well. Keep up the great work – I love these video review.
Just wanted to thank you for putting together such a great website. I really enjoy spending time watching your video reviews, as I’ve learned a lot from you already; i.e how to properly toast and light a cigar, smoking a cigar in “1/3’s”, smoke and ash, etc. I’m a novice cigar smoker, just starting to take it seriously over the past six months, so for me – to have you guys as a reference point for cigars is quite a service, as I’ve found it hard to find websites that offer (good & honest impartial) reviews for free. So thanks for all your hard work, Walt, Jerry, & Brian! And in closing, I want to say that I really feel that while I’m watching your reviews, while smoking a fine cigar (while my wife is out, of course) that I feel as if I’m hanging out with “the guys”, which what makes your site so special. You will definitely be hearing more from me! Thanks again.
Kevin M. L.I., N.Y
hey, it’s been a few weeks since my last post, (out of town again!) but i’ve really enjoyed the vid’s. i think i’ve mentioned that i horde series g maduros to no end. however, the cameroon’s are a bright note in this scale. these are perfect for my 30-45 minute drive to my office. i actually had a couple with a hodge-podge patch around the band. but, for a cheap stick….it rocks!!!! hey, i wanted to mention to you guys that i’ve started to brew my own beer. wow!!! i can’t explain how cool it is to drink a beer that you have made with your own hands….very cool! the ports i was drinking were also nice with fuller bodies cigars. please keep up the great reviews. btw, i’m picking up a box of cabaguan belicosa tomorrow i ordered. i put these in my top 5 all time smokes. hoe you get a chance to try these as well. thanks again!!!
Hey everyone, great review once again. I was just wondering (as a noob to cigar smoking) what the difference between a square pressed cigar and a box pressed cigar. Is there any difference, or are they similar?
Be sure to try the robustos in the Oliva Series G Cameroon line. They are short (4.5 inches) but thick and deliver an intense, slightly sweet haze of dense smoke, with quite a lot of depth and a decently long finish.
The G-cam robusto is my favorite cigar when I don’t have much time, and it is a major treat for the low price. Famous smoke shop is still having a sale on these, last time I checked: 5-Pack for only 10 dollars! Really a steal. I highly recommend that you try.