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Quick Smoke: Oliva Master Blends 3 Churchill

13 Apr 2014

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

Master 3

Oliva’s Master Blend line was introduced to give the manufacturer a premium offering in addition to its highly successful, more modestly priced cigars. Master Blends 3, a Nicaraguan puro with a splotchy sun-grown broadleaf wrapper and ligero filler, continues to fulfill that expectation. Back in 2010, my colleague gave the Churchill four stogies, and I wouldn’t disagree. Running about $10.50, it is a classic example of well-aged and fermented tobacco that is as smooth as a glass-bottom boat. My only reservation is the length. I can’t help but wonder whether the Robusto might be a better—and shorter—showcase.

Verdict = Buy.

George E

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3 Responses to “Quick Smoke: Oliva Master Blends 3 Churchill”

  1. Johnson6 Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Probably my favorite Oliva smoke. Excellent, and well worth the higher price.

  2. George E. Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Have you smoked the smaller vitolas? Wondering whether there's much difference and would be interested in hearing what you think.

  3. Mike Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    Don't usually go for sticks that big, but I love the Olivia Master Blend line.