Last week I was going through my usual routine of hanging out at Kensington Tobacconist and enjoying a cigar. About fifteen minutes before I was going to head out the door, Dave Wagner, VP of Sales at Oliva, walked through the door. We got to talking and I wound up spending another couple of hours marinating in cigar smoke.
While there, Dave handed me a couple Oliva Serie V #4 cigars. Prior to my receiving these cigars, I had heard the news on Twitter that this new size was a European release. To my surprise, Dave began telling me that there would also be a smaller American allotment. Any shop attending the TAA Trade Show in Cabo, Mexico, would have the opportunity to place an order. This order would be a trade show special, exclusive to the shops attending. Unfortunately, I am unaware of any TAA shops in my area but was happy to hear the new size would be available, even if in small numbers.
The Oliva Serie V #4 utilizes the same blend as the standard Liga Especial. Flavor wise, I found this stick to be very similar to the Lancero, possibly a bit crisper. The primary flavors are leather, wood, and nuts. The finish is sharp through the sinus and easy on the palate. In terms of body, the #4 falls into the full spectrum, like its larger offerings.
In spite of its small size, this cigar lasted roughly an hour and forty minutes for this slow smoker. The burn was thin and even while producing plenty of dense smoke. The ash was light in color and held a firm, compacted, shape for more than an inch. When it came time to remove the ash, a firm tap was required to dislodge it.
The Oliva Serie V #4 is an excellent addition to the Liga Especial lineup. In the event that you have a TAA shop in your area, I would suggest picking up a few while you have the chance. As I understand it, the show special is a one time order and when it is gone, it is gone (unless you live in Europe where it will be a regularly available size).