Brand: Flor de Oliva
Ring Gauge: 50
Price: $34.95 per bundle of 25
Flor de Oliva cigars are a product of the the Oliva Family of Cigars. The brand was launched in 1996 and consists of first rate quality tobacco.
Each cigar is hand rolled using quality long filler tobacco from Nicaragua as well as a Nicaraguan Binder. The wrapper is available in four varieties which include a Sumatra (Indonesian), Maduro (Connecticut), Connecticut Shade (Ecuador), and Corojo (Nicaraguan).
The Flor de Oliva Gold is described as a Mild to Medium body cigar of the bunch and is available in four sizes. The sizes include a Robusto (50 x 5.00), Toro (50 x 6.00), Double Corona (50 x 7.00), and a Torpedo (52 x 6.50)
After removing my Flor de Oliva Gold from its cellophane sleeve I began to give it a good looking over. While inspecting the wrapper I found two places down towards the foot that had small patches. The patches appeared to cover a couple of minor wrapper flaws. There were a few medium sized veins that added a bit of lumpiness to the texture. The color was consistent and a light golden brown while sporting a mildly oily sheen.
When pinched I found the cigar to be evenly filled with tobacco but a little on the soft side overall. The texture of the wrapper was smooth with some small lumps due to the veins.
After opening up the cap with my new V-Cutter, courtesy of Ed Nazare, I found the draw to be loose with a natural tobacco sweetnessr. The aroma on the wrapper and foot were both mild and attractive.
After a quick and painless toasting and lighting session, I had my Flor de Oliva Gold evenly lit and producing a generous supply of thick, flavorful smoke. Right out of the gate this cigar is easily within the Mild to Medium range that I expected. The finish was easy on the palate while being smooth and creamy.
The primary flavor at this point is natural Nicaraguan tobacco with a toasty and buttery aftertaste. Just like many other Nicaraguan cigars, when the smoke is passed through the sinuses I pick up a nice spice or “Nic Zing” as Dale Roush calls it.
The draw remains a little free but produces an excellent amount of smoke. The smoke is very thick and easily passed through the sinuses. The burn rate seems about average as is the resting smoke. The ash is light in color and firm.
As I rounded the fifty minute mark I found myself just about through the second third of my Flor de Oliva Gold. The body slightly climbed as I burned deeper into the stick, but remained in the mild to medium realm. The finish was soft on the palate and produced a mild buttery texture that I found very pleasant.
In the base flavor department there wasn’t much change. The Nicaraguan tobacco flavor got a little richer as did the toasty and butter secondary flavors. The spiciness of the smoke also picked up slightly when passed through the sinuses.
The burn line was thin and even while maintaining an average burn rate. The resting smoke was about average as well and produced a mild room aroma. Just as before, the draw was a bit free for my liking but could easily be adjusted the next time with the use of a plug cutter or scissors.
After ninety minutes, or so, of smoking I found myself into the final third of my Flor de Oliva Gold. While approaching the final third the body was making a slow and steady progression to the medium range. The finish continued to be smooth and easy on the palate while leaving me with a nice buttery texture on the walls of my mouth.
The base flavor remained the same as before, a Nicaraguan tobacco flavor with aftertastes of butter and toast. The only new flavor at this point was an introduction of a mild woody flavor. All in all the combination was enjoyable and kept things interesting.
The burning characteristics of the cigar remained the same. Burn rate and resting smoke were about average while the draw continued to produce a generous supply of smoke. The heat on the smoke was now beginning to increase and becoming a bit of a nuisance but not enough to force me to slow down much.
Overall I think that this cigar, just like the others in the line. The Flor de Oliva’s always out perform what I would expect of a sub $2.00 smoke. The flavors are very straight forward with little variation but would be perfect for those times when you wouldn’t want something too dynamic, like when working with your hands.
This is another bargain cigar that I would most certainly recommend to any smoker.