Last week I received a tweet from @czerbe asking if I was planning on attending a Studio Tobac event in the area. Initially I was on the fence about attending but decided to head out and make an evening out of it. I wound up having a great time and was handed a pre-release sample of the Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2011, courtesy of Dave Wagner.
From what I could gather at the event, the newest release of the Oliva Serie V Maduro contains the same wrapper and binder as the 2010 release with a change in the filler. Feeling a bit let down with the 2010 release, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the 2011 variety.
I decided to kick off my weekend with this cigar and a cup of coffee. Aside from the filler change, this years release was not a torpedo (which i was thrilled about) and it smoked like a dream, providing a great draw and plenty of dense smoke.
The flavor profile was made up, primarily, of wood and bitter chocolate with a nice spicy punch through the sinus. Unlike the 2010 release, I found the 2011 to have a bold flavor profile that was nice and rich.
Overall, I think that this release was a nice step up from te previous release. While not as good as the 2008 or 2009 varieties, I think the Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2011 was a very nice cigar and I look forward to smoking a few more to confirm my first impression.