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Oliva Serie O Robusto: A Classic Nicaraguan Puro Review

The Oliva Serie O Robusto is a legendary cigar for a reason. It's a Nicaraguan puro, made entirely with tobacco grown in the fertile soil of Nicaragua, and boasting a sun-grown Habano wrapper. Made in the original cuban tradition of growing the same Habanos seed, in diverse regions of the country to create a complex and distinct blend. The Seeds in the Oliva Series O come from Esteli, Condega and the Jalapa Valley.

Construction and Pre-Light:

The Robusto is a classic 5 inches by 50 ring gauge size, feeling pleasantly hefty in the hand. The wrapper is a beautiful reddish-brown with prominent veins, hinting at the character within. The construction is flawless, with a firm pack and a smooth, even cap. The aroma from the wrapper whispers of cedar, leather, and a touch of sweetness.

Lighting and Initial Draws:

Lighting up, the Robusto delivers a smooth and effortless draw. The initial puff ignites a wave of spice, quickly giving way to cedar, coffee, and a subtle earthiness. It's a complex introduction that sets the stage for a fascinating journey.

Flavor Profile:

The first third is dominated by earthy notes, alongside hints of cocoa and toasted nuts. The spice remains present, a pleasant tingle on the lips rather than an overpowering blast. As the cigar progresses, the sweetness emerges, adding a touch of honey or molasses to the blend. Coffee and leather notes dance in and out, creating a dynamic and ever-evolving flavor experience.

Second and Third Thirds:

The second third sees the sweetness rise, balancing the earthiness beautifully. Chocolate and roasted coffee notes join the party, making this a perfect cigar for pairing with a smooth espresso. The retrohale brings out a bit of white pepper, adding an intriguing dimension to the profile.

The final third reveals the true depth of the Oliva Serie O. Woody notes take center stage, supported by lingering hints of chocolate and coffee. The sweetness has mellowed, leaving a satisfyingly dry and complex finish.

Burn and Ash:

The burn throughout is impeccable, holding a razor-sharp line and producing pristine, flaky ash. This is a testament to the quality of the construction and the meticulous aging process.

Overall Impression:

The Oliva Serie O Robusto is a true masterpiece. It's a complex and flavorful cigar, offering a range of notes that evolve beautifully throughout the smoke. The construction is flawless, the burn is perfect, and the overall experience is deeply satisfying. Whether you're a seasoned cigar aficionado or just starting your journey, this is a must-try.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Final Notes:

The Oliva Serie O Robusto is a premium cigar, without a crazy price tag. Its quality and experience are great value for money. If you're looking for a truly exceptional Nicaraguan puro, look no further.

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