This weeks review is a bit of a re-visit in the form of the Oliva Serie V Ligero Especial. This time around I decided to check out the new Lancero size and see what kind of difference size made on this smoke. The Serie V Lancero weighs in at 7.00 inches long with a 38 ring gauge. It sports a Sun Grown Habano Wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers from the Jalapa Valley.
During me pre light inspection I found the cigar to be constructed well. It had a smooth texture with an oily sheen. When pinched it had a firm and well packed feel to it. After a quick cut and light I had the cigar burning evenly and producing thick clouds of flavorful smoke.
Just like my first experience, the smoke was very smooth and crisp. The body starts off in the full spectrum with a sharp finish. The base flavor is Woody and Leathery with an enjoyable spiciness that adds a nice touch. The burn was even and slow while producing a firm light colored ash.
When I reached the second third I was introduced to a nice cocoa and mild coffee flavor that added a lot of character to the cigar. The flavors of Wood, Leather, and Spice remained and mingled well with the newly introduced flavors. The body was slowly building while the finish remained smooth and crisp. The resting smoke put a nice aroma into the air and seemed to float in a thick dense cloud.
The final third of this stick continued to be very enjoyable. The burn line was even and burned at a nice smooth pace. The ash was a nice light color while being firm holding on for about three quarters of an inch before falling into the ashtray. The body continued to creep deeper into the full spectrum while remaing crisp and very smooth on the palate. The base flavors were Wood, Leather, Cocoa, and Spice while picking up a Minty flavor when the palate was splashed with a sip of water. I have found this flavor to be unique to this cigar and is common in all of the sizes.
Overall I think that this is a fantastic cigar that has alot to offer in terms of complexity. The smaller size added a bit of edginess over the larger size, but I found that to be right up my alley. With the entire line being in the $6.00 to $8.00 range I think that it is worth every penny. If you haven’t tried the Serie V yet, do yourself a favor and pick one up the next time you are at your local shop, I don’t think you will be disappointed.