Like so many famous brands, Oliva's story starts with a flight from Cuba following the Cuban Revolution. As in those stories, Gilberto Oliva Sr., the scion of a successful tobacco farming family, left Cuba in 1964 and started making cigars on foreign shores. But unlike most of the other blenders whose brands are now household names, Gilberto didn't immediately set up his own factory and achieve rapid success. Instead, he grew tobacco for other brands in Nicaragua and then worked for the Plasencia family after they both fled war-torn Nicaragua, as the manager of their new factory in Honduras. The Plasencia factory has produced cigars for some of the world's most famous brands, including 5 Vegas, Gurkha, Padilla, and Rocky Patel. After several years working with Nestor Plasencia, Gilberto partnered with his son Gilberto Jr. to create his own blend for Plasencia, the Gilberto Oliva. The success of this blend convinced the father-son team to take the leap and start their own factory.
For years, the elder and junior Gilbertos struggled to successfully launch the Oliva brand. They returned to Nicaragua and began to grow tobacco again, but their cigars struggled to compete against the giants of the industry. Unlike many smaller blenders, they survived the turbulence of the late 90s by relying on their own store of Nicaraguan tobaccos. As a result, they released spicy Nicaraguan puros out of necessity and in the process created the style that would make the brand famous. The new millennium brought a surge of interest in Nicaraguan tobaccos and the Oliva family found themselves perfectly positioned to take advantage of the new trend. This led to the creation of their signature line Serie V in 2006, which launched them to true cigar fame. They followed this success up with the release of their unusual Nub line in 2008, which won over new converts for the brand thanks to the unique short and stout shape designed to capture just the ÃÃºbest part ÃÃ¹ of the cigar smoking experience. To celebrate their success and honor Gilberto Senior's grandfather Melanio Oliva who started the family's tradition of growing cigars, Oliva released the Serie V Melanio in 2012.
The blend takes the same winning combination of super-aged Nicaraguan Ligero long-fillers from Condega and Esteli and flavorful Jalapa long-fillers, but substitutes an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper for the traditional Nicaraguan Habano wrapper. The result is a full-bodied cigar that combines the greatness of Oliva's Nicaraguan puros with the innovation of the dark, oily Sumatra wrapper. The Nicaraguan tobaccos provide plenty of strength and characteristic pepper and spice which is perfectly complimented by the creamy leather and coffee notes from the wrapper. It's a classic cigar that honors the family's long tradition of growing some of the best tobacco in the world and producing blends that have showed the world what makes Nicaraguan tobacco so special. Powerful, creamy-smooth, rich but spicy, this cigar has it all. If you've ever wondered why Oliva is such a popular brand, this cigar will tell you everything you need to know.
Strong, spicy and consistently smooth. The best cigar I’ve had yet. Introduced to me by a couple from Cuba. I don’t buy anything else.
Smooth and sophisticated
Another awesome cigar from cigars direct and Olivia. Smooth, flavorful from start to finish. Perfect Sunday afternoon cigar paired with an ipa. Need I say more.....
Very satisfying sticks!
Good batch of smokes. Robust flavors match ratings. Very impressed with the health of the cigars.
Great cigar great prices
Love getting cigars from here, they always put a boveda pack inside. Jr cigars does not put them in. Very happy with cigars direct
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