|#24: Oliva Serie V Melanio|
The #24 Cigar on our the 2012 Cigar of the Year Countdown is the Oliva Serie V Melanio. The Melanio was announced prior to the 2012 IPCPR and derives its name from the patriarch of the Oliva family, Melanio Oliva. The Melanio line is positioned an ultra-premium line consisting of box-press vitolas. The blend is different from the core Serie V line.
The Oliva Serie V Melanio marks the third time in four years that Oliva has landed on our Cigar of the Year countdown. This marks the first time that a cigar with the “Oliva” name has landed on the countdown (as in 2009 and 2011 it was a the “Cain” line that landed on the countdown. The Melanio marks the first all box-press line of cigars to land on this year’s countdown.
The Melanio delivers a nice combination of coffee, floral, and pepper notes. There was some nice nuances to this flavor profile. The flavors are medium to full-bodied for most of the cigar experience, but do progress to full-bodied toward the end. The Melanio is medium to full strength – providing the right amount of pop throughout the smoking experience.
The burn wasn’t perfect as I did have an occasional uneven or warm burn. The draw was outstanding.
Click here to read our assessment of the Oliva Serie V Melanio.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
As mentioned above, all of the Oliva Serie V Melanio vitals are box-press.
Churchill 7 x 50
Figuardo 6 1/2 x 52 (Double torpedo)
Torpedo: 6 1/2 x 52
Robusto: 5 x 52
Petit Corona 4 1/2 x 46
Robusto 5 x 52
Recommended Vitola: Petit Corona