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Cigar Review: Oliva Serie O Robusto

20 May 2014

This is an oldie that remains a goodie.Oliva Serie O

I’ve long been an Oliva cigar smoker, but in the past couple of years that’s tended to focus on the Serie V, especially the Melanio extension. Frankly, I couldn’t remember the last time I lit up a Serie O. I reviewed the Toro back in 2008, knocking it down a bit for performance problems.

The four Serie O Robustos—in the typical 5-inch, 50 ring gauge format—I smoked for this review had none of those. In fact, the burn, draw, ash, and smoke production were all excellent.

It’s a tasty Nicaraguan puro with a sun-grown Habano wrapper, and Habano filler from several regions of the country.

The Robusto is fairly complex, shifting gears along the way as it produces notes of spice, cedar, and earthiness. It’s never harsh, and the finish is delicately pleasing. Through the years, both Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Journal have awarded the Serie O vitolas high marks.

I think the Robusto is just about ideal for this blend. It’s big enough to supply the various tastes, but not so much cigar that it devolves a sense of sameness. You put it down wanting more, not wishing there had been less. And we can’t ignore the price. Coming in at only a shade over $100 for a box of 20, the Robusto Serie O is a genuine bargain.

If you, like me, haven’t smoked one in a while, I highly recommend you give it a try. I’ve enjoyed these so much I plan to check some of the other Oliva lines I haven’t had in years.

As for the Serie O Robusto, I rate it three and a half stogies out of five.

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George E

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6 Responses to “Cigar Review: Oliva Serie O Robusto”

  1. Swede214 Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    Thanks for the review, it has been a while since I smoked the ''O'', I did enjoy it then, looks like I need to smoke one again!

  2. George E. Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    Good to hear from you. Are you back up in Chicago?

  3. Swede214 Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    We will be leaving June the 7th., sadly to say. Hope you are well.

    • George E. Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

      Swede – Have a safe trip. And let me know when you come back next fall. We'll have to get together with Arnold for a smoke!

      • Swede214 Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

        Sounds great.

  4. calldrin68 Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 5:38 am #

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