Spotlight Brand: Oliva Connecticut Reserve Quickview This is not your typical Connecticut -wrapped cigar. Oliva is a smaller more boutique cigar company that takes exceptional pride in the quality of their cigars. In Nicaragua they are one of the largest tobacco growers and roll their own crop. They oversee every aspect of the production of a cigar from seed to smoke, which is not something many people in the cigar business do successfully. For this reason, we love Oliva products because they are consistent in flavor, construction, strength, and body day in and day out at a reasonable price.Connecticut Reserve is a well-needed addition to Oliva's portfolio of brands. As the only Connecticut-wrapped beauty in their lineup, the blend still maintains a perfect balance of strength and flavor. Although mellow to medium-bodied, spicy characteristics are present due to the mix of premium, Cuban-seed Nicaraguan tobaccos used as the filler. The smoke is creamy with many nuances of earth and cedar with an incredibly light, sweet character noticeable on the lips. With a medium finish that leaves an enjoyable hint of white pepper on the palate, Oliva Connecticut Reserve is a home run.