Oliva Serie V Melanio Edicion Ano 2023 Figurino Review

Oliva Serie V is arguably the most successful cigar brand in America. Since the mid-2010’s, Oliva Serie V consistently earns 90+ scores from Cigar Aficionado and other industry journals, such as Cigar Journal or Halfwheel. Cigar enjoyers around the world rave about this cigar brand, smoking it time and again. It stands to reason that Oliva’s parent company, J. Cortes AKA the Vandermarliere Family of Cigars, would create limited edition sizes for annual release. A recent release, Oliva produced 14,500 perfecto-sized cigars for the Melanio’s 2023 release. A beautiful cigar with a phenomenal draw and taste, these cigars are the newest worthwhile purchase from LM Cigars. Today, we are going to take you on a journey of the Oliva Serie V Melanio review.

               The Oliva Cigar Co. is a cigar manufacturer based out of South Florida. Tracing its roots to Gilded Age Cuba, Melanio Oliva and, later, his son first grew tobacco for the company’s cigars in 1886. The company prided itself on a fine selection of Pinar del Rio tobaccos until the 1959 Revolution forced the family to leave to the “new world.” Beginning in the 1960’s, the Oliva family became world famous for growing choice Nicaraguan tobaccos. The company has been manufacturing cigars in conjunction with J. Cortes since 2016. Because of the marketing and distribution expertise of the Vandermarliere family, the namesake Oliva Serie V Melanio is one of the world’s finest cigars.

               The Oliva Serie V Melanio is a Nicaraguan handmade, long-filler cigar available in boxes of 10. Because of the low box count, the cigars are handsomely priced and frequently purchased by the unit. The wide net of distribution, too, makes these cigars extremely requested and desired by cigar enjoyers from coast to coast. Despite being a limited production figurado shape, the Ano 2023 Figurino comes in at $170.00/box through LM Cigars. This represents tremendous value for the consumer who collects and enjoys super premium allocated cigars. These cigars also make a great gift for a loved one or boss due to the rarity of the box and its remarkably pleasant blend.

               The Oliva Serie V Melanio Edicion Ano 2023 Figurino is a 5.5”x54 perfecto cigar which comes in boxes of 10. The cigars are beautifully packaged with a stunning vista of the Oliva tobacco operations in Nicaragua against the box’s lid. The cigars also bear three lovely bands, including the Ano 2023 band. It includes a QR code message from Frederik Vandermarliere in which he discusses the nature of beauty. A thing of beauty indeed, the cigars have a luscious Sumatran sungrown wrapper which resembles chocolate. The seductive smell of the cigars immediately invites consumption. Though the wrappers have, at times, a mottled appearance, the overall look is an oily sheen. The enjoyer of these cigars is transported to the fields of Nicaragua by the mere aroma—richly reminiscent of leather, moss, and chocolate.

               The cold draw envelops the user in the decadent notes of Nicaraguan leather, chocolate, and coffee. The stunning thing, however, is found in the cigar’s pleasant draw. Perfecto shaped cigars—figurados in general, really—suffer from a tight draw at the tip of the cigar unless a very generous cut is provided. The Oliva Serie V Melanio Edicion Ano 2023 Figurino requires very little “off the top.” This provides the user with a great draw, a longer smoking experience, and less frustration with tobacco flakes in his or her mouth—it’s a thing of beauty. By the same virtue, the narrow head of a perfecto symmetrically guarantees an easy light. The small foot quickly ignites and burns through the first third of the cigar with little need for touching up or relighting.

               The most consistent tasting notes throughout the Figurino’s smoking experience are chocolate and earth. This general profile is married in the second third with hints of cedar, baker’s spices, and leather before adding coffee and moss in the final third. The complex and enjoyable mix of notes visit and dance across the tastebuds like revelers at a party. The cigar builds slightly in tar and bitterness towards the end due to the nature of perfecto shaped cigars but this can be offset by “purging.” (i.e., blowing smoke out of the cigar while lighting to rid it of tar and stale ash.) The only disruption to the party is the necessity of peeling off the cigar’s numerous bands.

This is truly one of the best cigars available from LM Cigars. The flavor is such that one savors it on the lips and thinks of it for weeks afterwards. We hope the Oliva Serie V Melanio review helps entice you to try this exquisite blend.