Sunday, May 31, 2009

Oliva Serie O Maduro

Just got back from eight fantastic days in Mexico. We’ve been to just about every corner of the country now, but we’d never been to Mazatlan. Why Mazatlan? Well, lame as it might sound, I had an Alaska Airlines Companion ticket that I wanted to use and Mazatlan just happened to be an Alaska Airlines destination that we hadn’t been to. (always looking for ways to save money)
We stayed at a resort & spa located to the north of town, quite a ways north up in Nuevo Mazatlan. This is probably the best hotel that I’ve stayed at in Mexico, everything was perfect or better, plus we had miles and miles of beach all to ourselves.

So anyway, I packed a variety of Oliva cigars and one Casa Magna just in case I didn’t find any legitimate Cubans. Sure enough, I found plenty of counterfeits! I’ve done my homework on what a legit Cohiba label should look like, I don’t plan on being burned again.
I saved the Oliva Serie O Maduro for the last night of my vacation. All the other cigars I’ve tried at one time or another and I knew that they would all be superb, and they were!
The Serie O Maduro that I brought was a Robusto, a little shorter variety than the others that I’d packed. The wrapper was dark, but not too dark to worry about, not really an oily wrapper either. It looked good. I had a Piña Colada in hand, so I lit it up. First thought? Mellow, medium bodied cigar, smooth taste, no complaints. Smoked a bit more, let my lovely wife try it, she of course liked it as well. Believe me, she’d tell me right away if it was too strong for her, but no complaints. We kicked back, drank and enjoyed this fine cigar. Even towards the end it still held true to my opinion of Oliva cigars - probably the finest cigar on the market. It was the perfect ending to a flawless vacation. Boy, I needed it too...
My Rating: 9.85
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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Oliva Serie V

Rain City Cigars in Georgetown had an Oliva Cigar Event on Friday.
(sorry Ozymandius, this is where I was when you sent me the IM)
They had a few Event specials, one being if you bought 3 cigars they would give you one for free, since Oliva is my favorite cigar brand I couldn't pass it up. I took my 4 different cigars back to the office and showed them off to a fellow aficionado that I work with. He was impressed.
Now it's Saturday night and my lovely wife and I first stopped by Acropolis Pizza for a grinder and beer, best in town I might add, then over to Cafe Ladro for a Mocha and dessert. We would finish up at the Tobacco Patch. I brought along with me the Oliva Serie V cigar.
I first have to tell you that today was the nicest day of the year so far - temp in the mid 70’s and beautiful blue sky. Perfect day for just about anything, except being inside! Tonight it’s still quite
warm with very little breeze. There are a few new faces here at the Patch, but most of the regulars are here as well. I pull out my Oliva and say “hi” to the gang. Everyone is in a good mood, plus it’s looks like everyone must have been out in the sun today - they look
healthy! I look around to see what everyone else is smoking and I show them my Serie V cigar. A couple of the guys have tried this one before and both say that I'll love it. OK, let’s see...
Olivas are excellent cigars, beautiful wrapper, eye-catching label and packed somewhat soft, you’ll know what I mean if you feel the wrapper. This Serie V is no exception, really a good looking cigar. So I guillotine cut the end off and get one of my pals with a torch to help me lite it
up. First impression - OOOOOOooooh boy, oh boy, oh boy! This is going to be a really good smoke. Hard to describe, but it’s a medium bodied cigar that is so smooth, so tasty, that you’re going to want to savor every minute of it, and I did! I noticed that it burned a little uneven at first, but after an inch or so of ash it was back on track again. I can’t say enough good about this cigar, it will definitely be on my top 10 list. If you like Olivas, I encourage you to give this Serie V a try, you won’t be disappointed. It's a little stronger than the Serie G, but not enough to complain.
Might not have time to do a review next week, we’ll be in Mexico. However, if I’m sitting on the beach with my laptop, smoking a Cuban cigar, it is entirely possible, we’ll see...
My rating tonight: 9.8

Sunday, May 10, 2009


I've picked out a 777, Triple Siete, Jesus Fuego, for tonight. I've come prepared though, I've got a glass of Cachaça and a 22 oz. can of Sapporo beer, plus my single malt, just in case. So to start I take a nice swig of my sugar cane liquor and a big gulp of beer. I'm ready...
Looking at the 777, it has a dark rough wrapper and it appears to be packed fairly tight. It feels comfortable in my hand, but I have a feeling that this is going to be one of those kick-ass maduros. I lite it up. First few puffs - nice, mountains of smoke, full bodied silky smooth taste, not quite what I expected. I thought that I'd have a nasty taste right off the bat, but no, this is very pleasant. It's possible that I've paired the perfect refreshments to go along with this cigar. I'm really enjoying it!
This was a pretty busy weekend for me, I had to work on Saturday, plus I went down to the Tobacco Patch on Friday and Saturday nights; met a few new guys down there from out of town - great conversations and some fine cigars.
Half way through the cigar it's holding up well, a little stronger, maybe not quite as much smoke as before, but I'm still enjoying it. I've finished the Cachaça, so I've poured myself a very short shot of my single malt. My beer is gone.
We're in the process of painting our upper and lower decks at our house. We finished the lower deck last weekend, but this weekend I had to sand the upper deck and also pressure wash it, which meant that I needed to pressure wash the patio underneath - big job, but I guess it's all worth it in the end. What makes mama happy, makes me happy.
Just had to re-lite the cigar, no big deal, it happens.
Coming into the final stages of the 777, still a good smoke, but it's starting to get a little stronger and the burn appears to be a little uneven now. The volumes of smoke have diminished a bit, but it's still enjoyable. I'm glad I had a BIG dinner before I started this endeavour, otherwise I think my head would be spinning.
Final thoughts - it's not bad! It really started off great, the full bodied smooth taste was really an eye opener for me. I thought for sure I would have put this out long ago, but it has maintained it's appeal. It got a tad stronger towards the end, but it still was just smooth enough to keep me satisfied to smoke it to the nub. Not a bad way to end the week. I think I might buy a few more of these...
My rating: 8.7

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Siglo Limited Reserve

Another Sunday and it's time to kick back, put my feet up and enjoy a fine cigar. I'm out on the back deck for a change, the weather today is quite reasonable. I've brought out a bottle of Schwarzbier, German Black Lager beer and a Siglo Limited Reserve cigar. Right off I’ve got to tell you that I liked the beer better than I liked the cigar. I’m not a big fan of dark beers, but this one was extremely good. In fact, had I not paired this beer with the Siglo, I’m sure I would have rated the cigar much lower.
The Siglo is a Medium to Full-bodied cigar, only about 4 1/4 inches long, packed fairly tight and has somewhat of a dark wrapper, not a maduro, but dark enough. Strangely enough the cigar does not feel comfortable in my hand, a tad too small I guess. So I take a big gulp of beer (delicious) and lite-up the mini cigar. Yeah, kind of what I thought, a bit of a bite. Not a nasty taste in my mouth, but not that silky smooth taste of a fine cigar, like an Oliva. I continue to smoke it and it improves slightly. The cigar burns well and has a fairly good draw to it, but it’s starting to make my head spin. I thought it might be the beer, but it’s not. I go into the kitchen and get some salami, cheese and crackers. Speaking of cheese, if you ever see cheese - BUY IT! It’s the best cheese you’ll ever eat, goes great with everything. It’s kind of expensive, but what good cheese isn’t?
So I munch on my cheese and crackers, drink this excellent German beer and continue smoking this little terd. I guess it’s not that bad, but it’s truly not my kind of cigar. I’m not saying that it ruined my Sunday experience, but it didn’t enhance it either. Luckily it was so short that it took no time at all to finish off.
Overall opinion: Meh... (as my daughter would say), I’ll never buy one of these again and I can’t think of an occasion when this would be the perfect cigar.
My Rating: 5