Leading up to the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show there was a lot of buzz around the release of the Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro. Being a Muduro Guy, I was pretty eager to get my hands on a few. As much as I loved the original Oliva Serie V Melanio, this new release just had to be something special.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to Vegas for the Trade Show and had to rely on local availability to get my maduro fix. I bided my time and waited. Then I waited some more. The months rolled by and I had zero luck in getting my hands on some.
Ultimately, I had to turn to cigar weasel tactics to finally get my hands on the Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro. I reached out to a friend at Oliva and was able to score some for review. When they arrived, I couldn’t contain myself and lit one up immediately.
The Melanio Maduro is a lot like the Melanio. The smoke is full flavored and very dynamic. The primary flavors don’t change much but the background flavors are loaded with subtle changes. One puff I tasted cashews, in the next the nutty flavors were gone and replaced by bitter chocolate. The core was made up of leather and earth with a nice spicy punch through the sinus. The body was medium while the smoke was mildly creamy and easy on the palate.
I’ve always had issues with the Torpedo vitolas from Oliva. They tend to be tight and produce a stiff draw. My review sample was a little stiffer than usual but the density of the smoke produced solid flavor, even with a lack of smoke.
This particular review got rather long-winded. In fact, it is probably close to 2012 Review Proportions as it passes the twenty-minute mark. Grab yourself a smoke and a nice beverage before clicking play. When finished, head down to the comments and tell us what you thought of the Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro.