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Spotlight Brand: Oliva Serie 'V'

'95' rated. Arguably the finest blend of all-time.

Rolled with specially selected Ligero leaf, Oliva Serie 'V' packs a punch due to its full body; however, its strength does not dominate the experience. Specifically aged for a longer period of time than usual, the extra-fermented tobaccos make for an extra-complex flavor profile with layers of pepper, leather, and earthy undertones. This line represents the most intense tasting and richest cigar Oliva has to offer.

To be an authorized Serie 'V' dealer, tobacconists must undergo training from Oliva representatives aimed at providing insight to the unique qualities of the blend. This cigar only contains Ligero leaf (the thickest, darkest leaves on the plant, taken from the top layer), but this 'Special Ligero' is so well-aged, and blended with such precision, the experience is not overwhelming with 'in your face' power. In other words, while Serie 'V' IS quite a potent cigar, it can still be enjoyed by enthusiasts who usually prefer medium-bodied blends.

Upon lighting, Serie 'V' does seem medium in body. But if you cycle the smoke through the nose (retrohale), the strength of the blend will materialize. You will get not just a blast of spice, red pepper, and cacao bean, but also a natural sweetness that perfectly balances Serie 'V''s profile. Potent, powerful, yet smooth with a luxuriously long finish, this '95' rated blend is a must try for all cigar lovers.

Q & A: My Lighter Won't Work

After several refills, my butane torch lighter stops working properly. This seems to be a chronic problem with all of my lighters.

6/18/07 | by PB of Edison, NJ

​Torch lighters are the handiest yet most frustrating cigar accessory you can own. Whether it be a $5.00 off-brand or a $500.00 Dupont, torch lighters are very temperamental and are plagued by the same problems. From altitude, air pockets, dirt and the butane you use, there is no shortage of factors working against you when you reach for your torch. While many aficionados simply replace their lighters as frequently as possible, there are several easy steps that you can take to ensure a long life for your lighter.

by Dave

Review: Montecristo Media Noche

Dave Montecristo Goes Dark

Edmundo (5.0"x55) This fat robusto has a cool burn that slowly roasts its oily maduro wrapper. Sweet notes of cedar are on the palate with caramel and espresso undertones. Very nice burn.

No. 2 (6.1"x54) This torpedo brings some complexity to the palate with flavors that change over the course of the smoke which include notes of peat, wood and a short sugary finish.

No. 3 (5.5"x44) This corona has the most flavor relative to the other sizes. While the cigar became a bit hot toward the end, it brought complex and balanced flavors to the palate including a sweet coffee aroma that had a moderate finish.

Churchill (7.0"x58) This cigar was a bit difficult to smoke on account of its diameter. Bitter, damp notes of peat with hints of leather were on the palate with some balance issues.

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