Wrapper origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper type: Habano Sun Grown
Filler: Jalapa valley ligero
Cost: ~ $7
Appearance (0-20): The Oliva V has a beautiful dark brown wrapper. There are a few lighter brown veins as you move towards the foot, but nothing of any substance. Turning the cigar around, you will notice how nicely wrapper the cigar itself was rolled. Everything comes together nicely, finishing off with a triple cap of the torpedo. The band has a combination of gold, brown, and red with various embossing. The overall combination gives an elegant look.
Construction (0-20): Start to finish, this cigar performs very well. The burn was a bit wavy at times, but always corrected itself to straighten out. The ash was a beautiful gray coil, with small white dots from the grainy wrapper. The ash consistently held on for 1-2" before I tapped it off. The draw was smooth, releasing the perfect amount of smoke with each puff.
Score: 18Strength (0-20): The strength is prevalent as you get into the heart of smoke, but nothing to knock your socks off. I would put it in the med-full range, with a strong focus on the flavors.
Flavor (0-20): Flavor bomb each and every time. Chocolate, espresso, nuts, woods; what else can you ask for? You will notice a flavor transition about halfway through the cigar, and the Oliva V does it very well. The beginning had a hair of spice, intertwined with some woodiness and hints of chocolate. I was reading at the time, but halfway through I noticed a definite move towards a much richer flavor of chocolate and espresso.
Score: 19Value (0-20): For around $7.00 for a torpedo, you will be hard pressed to find a more polished cigar. There are a lot of solid smokes out there for $5 to $7 in my opinion, but Oliva consistently produces a great smoke in the series V. If you've never had one, go out and grab one. If you have smoked one before, make sure you have another one!
Additional Notes: Smoked on my deck
Overall (0-100): The Oliva V continues to impress, and I have never been let down. I have honestly only smoked a few of them, but this should be in everyones humidor. If you need a consistent go-to cigar, the flavors and construction will always be there. Couple in the fact that the "price is right," and you have a great smoke. Oliva does it again!