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2014 #1 Cigar Of The Year!

The Oliva Cigars Serie V Melanio Gran Reserva Limitada Figurado is hand crafted using expertly fermented ligero fillers, leaves recognized for their robust and rich flavor. With five years of crafting, this cigar is sure to please the even the most discerning aficionado. The Serie V is full flavored yet smooth. The long filler tobaccos are a blend of Oliva Nicaraguan Habano that features tobacco from the Jalapa region, an area recognized for a more nuanced leaf than the Esteli or Condega regions. This carefully aged Jalapa blend creates a particularly flavored smoke.

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Full
Wrapper
Ecuador Sumatra
Shape
Figurado
Length
6 1/2 Inches
Gauge
54
Country
Nicaragua Nicaragua
Hand Made
No
Flavor
Non Flavored
Filler
Nicaraguan
Pressed
Yes
Has Tip
No
Sweet
No
4.79 out of 5 overall rating Based on 129 Ratings
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5 out of 5
Great Cigars, Great Service
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5 out of 5
Great cigar for the price!! Lights well, good draw, good full flavor that’s smooth!! This is my third time ordering!! I wished it was 20 to a box & not ten though, but I will no doubt order it again!!
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4 out of 5
A good smoke
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4 out of 5
Very smooth cigar with a nice taste.
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5 out of 5
Medium to Full flavored cigar. One of the best cigars on the market for the money. Nice burn incredible smoke. Has always been one of my top three cigars to go to.
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5 out of 5
Perfect burn, no veins and fantastic flavor!
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4 out of 5
One of the best cigars.
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4 out of 5
These are very good!!! Well made, great draw!
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5 out of 5
Dad loves Oliva Serie V. He's going to be 88 in August. Life is too short for cheap cigars! Love Thompson's, not only was this box on sale, but the Oliva lighter was nice too. To top it all off, Thompson's is partnered with Id.me, which as a veteran means an addition 10% off. Sale, plus a coupon, plus a freebie, I'll buy this again for my Dad.
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5 out of 5
love it
Jeni
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5 out of 5
Great cigar worthy of it's premium rating and previous Cigar of the Year selection. Great taste and aroma.
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5 out of 5
Love it
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5 out of 5
THE best from light up to the end. Hands down the winner as far as I'm concerned. This cigar was the first time I understood that I have been smoking the wrong ones up to now!
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5 out of 5
Great flavor, easy draw, steady burn
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5 out of 5
Cigar is nice, smooth and sweet.
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5 out of 5
For me a strong cigar into the last 3rd. Very nice flavors. Spice hit on start with Leather, coffee, cocoa, wood, and a bit of nuttiness. Some creaminess on the smoke but pepper dominates after first 1/3. Settles into a fine smoke. Wrapper, construction, draw, and burn all excellent. Not for the novice. Age-worthy for sure. I am going to put some deep.
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5 out of 5
Great smoke for daily use and especially for special occasions..you will notice immediately that this is a special smoke..beautifully crafted. Enjoy
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4 out of 5
I'm not an Oliva fan, but I've heard nothing but good things about this cigar so I purchased a back to give it a fair review. I was surprised of this cigar. It wasn't the strongest body, but quite pleasant. Definitely a bang for your buck.
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5 out of 5
This is one of my favorites for the past five years. At times, the draw can be tight. But, this may be due to the where I live, which had high humidity ( Washington, DC). This is a medium strength smoke shop I wrote not recommend to a novice smoker I usually smoke these with a medium strength Bourbon with a dollar of water.
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5 out of 5
I did not have an issue with the 3 sticks that I smoked so far. So far so good as I am very satisfied with these cigars.
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5 out of 5
This is one of the best cigars I have had. Highly reviewed and accurate. It starts off great and continues that way until the last inch. Lasts me about 90 minutes. Some have been pretty tightly packed, but loosen up about 25% of the way through. My GF who usually only tries one of two draws of any cigar has stated she could smoke the whole thing. Too expensive for me for everyday, but great for special occasions.
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5 out of 5
This is by far my favorite cigar, my #1! I have smoked Cubans, other Nicaraguans, and sticks from the DR, Honduras, etc. and none compare to the Melanio! It is technically perfect, fantastic aroma and draw, and a consistently outstanding taste from beginning to end. Simply put, it is a must have for the Cigar Aficionado! And to top it off, the price point makes it extremely affordable. My advice? If you don't have the Melanio in your humidor, get some -- today!
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5 out of 5
Always after a good round of Golf.
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5 out of 5
I use this cigar to celebrate a good day. I cannot think of anything bad to say The Melanio cigars! Melanio cigars !
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5 out of 5
Though I'm typically a Padron fanatic, and partial to maduro wrappers, I had heard nothing but great things about this unique Oliva stick. I came across a box at one of the few local cigar shops in Indianapolis and decided to pick one up; I was not disappointed. The cigar is expertly crafted, beautiful in it's unique figurado construction; you can tell a lot of time and attention to detail went into the craftsmanship. The flavor, while milder than what I normally prefer, was simply amazing; so much nuance and a wonderful blend of flavors that built steadily from first light to last puff. The cigar was also a technically impressive smoke; it held over 2" of ash before I decided to tap it off, but I'm confident it could have held much more; the burn was very even, and the draw was mildly firm, but in a pleasant way. Overall, this cigar might night be the cheapest at $12-15 per stick (depending on if you buy a box vs. singles,) but you'd be hard pressed to find a better smoke without spending another 5+ per cigar. Definitely an amazing smoke, and a great value given it's lower price point compared to some other premier series from top manufacturers. If, like I was, you're wavering on whether to spend the money and try this cigar, just go for it. I doubt you'll regret it.
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5 out of 5
I smoke the Oliva Series V when I am relaxing on my deck to a cocktail over looking my pool with fountains that relax my soul and smooth my mind.
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5 out of 5
Oliva Serie V is my favorite smoke, but one of my backups is the Melanio. I have bought 3 boxes of these in different sizes and shapes but the figurado is my favorite. This box pressed perfecto draws wonderfully every time. It seems a little more creamy and florally than the regular Serie V. There is notes of leather as well. Very complex and delicious.
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5 out of 5
This is a great everyday smoke for the connosuir
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5 out of 5
Great cigar, worthy of its high rating. Flavor and aroma is sensational.
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5 out of 5
Great construction and flavor
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3 out of 5
I thought the price was good for a 96 Rating and Number 1 Cigar of the year in 2014, I believe. But I disagree with those findings. I thing Padron is a far better cigar....But more expensive... But worth it for a special occasion cigar. The thing I dislike the most is the black Tar that oozes out of the end while smoking. That is so bitter and ruins the experience for me. I've had only 2 or 3 so far, and they all did that. Not that amazing special experience you would expect with the marketing provided on Thompson. Love Thompson, just not these cigars. But they will do. Ill smoke them till there gone..
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5 out of 5
A good cigars
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5 out of 5
I love to smoke and share my Olives. I always get a positive response from them when they light in!!
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5 out of 5
a cigar with wine in the evenings
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5 out of 5
One of my favorite Cigar
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5 out of 5
Great cigar. One of the few I've that frequently stay lit an entire round of golfg without the need to relight.
Alan S. verifiedverified buyer
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4 out of 5
The sweet spot in this cigar pops with cola like flavors.
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4 out of 5
Overall good cigar not great. For what it offers it is overpriced. Better cigars can be had for less coin. Perhaps back in 2014 the rating was justified but 2018 did not live up to the hype
Tchalla
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5 out of 5
I use this product on daily basis no doubt it's the best. Thanks for the great service Thompson Cigar offer.
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5 out of 5
One of the best prices in America
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5 out of 5
I am not an Aficionado, nor even a daily cigar smoker. I will generally light one up, maybe every other day, in my screen room after a hard days work. Just to relax and unwind. Sometimes with a book, sometimes while I'm grilling dinner, or sometimes surfing on my iPhone, but always to relax. I have smoked $30 sticks down to $2 sticks and I just keep coming back to this one. Smooth flavor, easy even draw, decent price, and I just love the tight feel of the box wrap. If you haven't tried this smoke, I would highly recommend doing so. They're just an awesome smoke at a good valued price.
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5 out of 5
As good if not better than any habano I've tried!
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5 out of 5
Goes well with a Single malt scotch. Both will bring out each others flavors.
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5 out of 5
This is a great cigar for thoae relaxing moments where you are able to think of nothing other than the cougar you are smoking. Would be great everyday if you had the time and money to make it a daily staple.
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5 out of 5
Great flavor that is consistent from stick to stick. I would recommend this cigar to any on the medium track for an occasional smoke.
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4 out of 5
Love these mild but full bodied smokes. Definitely my go to cigar. Would love it if the maduro was equally available.
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5 out of 5
I love these sticks! Smoke one almost every evening.
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5 out of 5
What can I say about this cigar that has not already been said by Cigar Afficiando? It deserves the 95 rating it has earned. Straight out of the humidor one notices the box pressed torpedo and the feel of this stick. The Sumatra sun grown blend distinguishes itself immediately. The ash is fine and strong. Save this cigar for a special occasion or a gift for a fine friend. The flavor is sublime.
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5 out of 5
For special occasions when I will not be interrupted or rushed in any way. Lots of billowy smoke but not at all harsh
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5 out of 5
There is a reason this cigar was picked as the #1 cigar by Cigar Aficionado - it is simply perfection. It is not only beautiful to look at, but from the hand feel to the last draw there is nothing but growing enjoyment and admiration for the cigar maker. It is my go-to cigar whenever I want to savor an evening or special occasion. Were it a bit more budget friendly, it would be the only cigar in my humidor. It is just that good.
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5 out of 5
My go to smoke. Almost always. Two or three times a week.
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5 out of 5
Great tasting cigar, easy to light and has a great draw
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5 out of 5
This is my favorite cigar. I always keep a supply in my humidor. Absolutely my #1, and better than any Cuban I've had to date.
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5 out of 5
This cigar went over big at a recent golf outing at Pebble. It was a crowd favorite that matched the location!
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5 out of 5
Great cigar. A little expensive for an everyday cigar.
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5 out of 5
These are now my favorite cigar. Great draw and great flavor.
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5 out of 5
I smoke it
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5 out of 5
Great
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4 out of 5
Truly a cigar. Aficionado #1!!!
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5 out of 5
This is a great cigar do not smoke that often but when I do I smoke thi this Cigar
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4 out of 5
The flavor is great. The draw is good. This is flavorful but smooth.
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4 out of 5
Straight to the press, box press that is. This 6.5 inch figuerodo feels great in your hand. The caramel wrapper and tapered ends are striking to look at and often steal the show at get togethers. Extremely well constructed with natural but minimal veins. The result is a smooth but slightly peppery smoke that continues all the way through to the last third. Goes great with a single barrel bourbon with friends. I keep a box in my humidor at all times.
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5 out of 5
Very good cigar
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4 out of 5
Great draw with great taste
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5 out of 5
Fantastic! This is one of the best cigars you can smoke. Only two left in my humidor, need to get some more! A very special cigar!
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5 out of 5
Rich smoke, Carmel, coffee and woody overtones.
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5 out of 5
Very good
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5 out of 5
I smoke these cigars on the weekend
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5 out of 5
Great Smoke and value
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5 out of 5
One of the best cigars I've smoked. I'm a Maduro guy and I actually prefer the Sumatra in this blend. These are med to full body & flavor. A great after dinner smoke with a cab, Bourbon or Scotch. I do not talk about specific flavors, I will say it has a vary refined aged tobacco taste. Toasting, burn and smoke out put in great. If you haven't tried one, pickup any of the Melanio Sumatra series I'm sure you will like it.
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5 out of 5
An overall great stick. A little expensive but won't break the bank - and definitely worth the money. This the perfect all-rounder.
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5 out of 5
I enjoy this product on my patio while listening to conservative radio.
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2 out of 5
CA cigar of the year 2014, now (2017) IMHO under 90 points. And I'm issuing my judgement in accordance with CA's rating system, which seems to award 70 points if the stick can be lit at all, plus another 10 if you can draw on it without suffering a hernia. So far we're up to 80 points, and 5 more can be awarded for the wrapper. Personally, I don't care about the foregoing as much as I do about the taste, and this is where the 2017 stick falls short, as in nothing special in that department. I am sorry that I wasted my $ on 10 of these.
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5 out of 5
I enjoy th
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5 out of 5
Fantastic smoke, there is a reason it was cigar of the year
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5 out of 5
For the price this is the best cigar you can buy in my opinion
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5 out of 5
My favorite cigar
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5 out of 5
Great cigar! Very smooth. Can't go wrong with this one.
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5 out of 5
This is such a special cigar that I only smoke one on very special occasions. I don't want to ever take it for granted.
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4 out of 5
Going on a long trip in the car, great after dinner and what a great gift. To give someone.
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5 out of 5
I like to light these bad boys up on the back porch and just sit back and relax.
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5 out of 5
I am a Full body Madero smoker, this cigar is a nice med.- body smoke that goes real well as a mid-day smoke. Very consistent Tasty & smooth.
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4 out of 5
I love highly rated Cigars with both great flavor and draw
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5 out of 5
This is a cigar I could smoke every day. One of my absolute favorites.
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5 out of 5
This 96 rated cigar smells wonderful. Great taste and a very smooth smoke. I highly recommend this cigar. Better than any Cuban I have ever smoked.
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5 out of 5
Great after special dinner cigar.
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5 out of 5
This cigar aint cheap, but it's worth every penny. Total delight from the very first to the final puff, and every single one in between. There's just not enough good things to say about this cigar. High rating is no hype.
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5 out of 5
Clearly, one of the best cigars I have ever had. Cigar of the Year over and over again in my book.
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5 out of 5
Great tasting, good burning cigar
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5 out of 5
These are consistently great cigars. This Figurado size, the Churchill and the Robusto are all full of flavor, very smooth and there is very little bite. If I had a "Desert Island" five, these would definitely be one of them.
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5 out of 5
Very good
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5 out of 5
I've them
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5 out of 5
This is my celebration cigar. The absolute best cigar, IMHO, that Oliva is making, and really, maybe better than anything else out there as well. If you have the money, and want a smooth, well balanced, complex smoke, this is your cigar.
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5 out of 5
Couple a week
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5 out of 5
This cigar is a true winner from the exclusive box and presentation to the final puff and nub. I enjoy a fine smoke like this on special occasions and I must add that the people I was with were duly impressed with the flavor and general appearance of the cigar. One nptable is the aroma when you first open the box-it's a true wow!!
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5 out of 5
Awesome cigar, great pillowy smoke and smells great. Fantastic construction. Great looking cigar.
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5 out of 5
If you are trying to impress someone or looking for a everyday smoke this cigar will not let you down.
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5 out of 5
This is a crowning achievement for Oliva - balanced in every way.
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5 out of 5
I used this product with friends while hanging out smoking cigars
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5 out of 5
These are the cigars you always wish you had more of in your humidor
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4 out of 5
Great cigar. Priced to perfection
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5 out of 5
Goes great with long island iced tea cocktail.
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5 out of 5
This cigar is easily one of the finest cigars I have had. I started years ago with a Padron 1964 as my first cigar and immediately loved "higher end" cigars to the detriment of my wallet. The Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado is easily at the top of my list right now and I smoke this any time I get the chance. The Figurado is very easy to light and has a nice, even burn throughout. The draw is spot-on and the flavor is simply fantastic. I would highly recommend this for any occasion including every-day smoking. There is one rating of 1-star I see in this list which I find silly and unbelievable. This is one of the best cigars on the market today and completely deserving of the CA #1 ranking it received for 2014.
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5 out of 5
this is a very cigar that smokes well and has a very nice flavor throughout.
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5 out of 5
Not the cheapest cigar but worth the money. Rated as a med-full cigar. However in my experience, I would put this fine cigar more in the medium to mild-medium range. You won't be disappointed.
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5 out of 5
east to light with great draw and taste. Burns beautifully
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5 out of 5
I can see why this is ranked as one of this years top cigar.
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4 out of 5
Great consistent smoke with family and friends!
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5 out of 5
Great cigars to share with my sons and good friends!
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5 out of 5
I cannot say anything bad about this cigar. It was the number 1 cigar of 2014 and the flavor shows why that is. The cigar lights very easily and the draw is amazing from start to finish. They are so well made that you will not have any issues with the wrapper fraying or cracking. These cigars are well worth every penny. This cigar will always have a spot in my humidor
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5 out of 5
I'm a fledgling aficionado, and this one has ruined me for anything cheaper. Smooth draw, beautifully constructed. Beautiful color and taste. I'm purchasing a tonight.
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5 out of 5
Very smooth and consistant flavor
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5 out of 5
One of the smoothest cigars I've smoked. Draw is a little more firm than I would like, but only until you get through the taper at the end. This taper also makes it light very easily and consistently.
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3 out of 5
I bought several of these after they were named CA #1 . As usual, I put my new cigars in my humidor for several months to settle them before I smoked any. I have now smoked three of these and each time I have been disappointed . They just don't seem to have a flavor I find satisfying. I stll have several left , so i hope the others are more satisfying..
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5 out of 5
Oliva V Melanio is has been my favorite cigar for the past 3 - 4 years. After dinner with friends and on the golf course our group consistently chooses the Oliva V Melanio.
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5 out of 5
I am a new smoker and tried a few of the Oliva cigars first and fell in love with smoking. Then I tried some mild to medium samplers and could many even finish them. The cigars have a wonderful subtle rich flavor, perfect draw, and beautiful wrapper. What an accomplishment to produce such a fine smoke. Congrats to Oliva for excellence. Unfortunately I can't go back to a cheap smoke now.
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5 out of 5
This cigar is magnificent; it could turn an occasional smoker into a regular one--it's that good.
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5 out of 5
An excellent cigar. I am still somewhat new to the cigar world, even though my knowledge is growing. The construction of this cigar, in my opinion, is one of the features that sets this cigars apart. Very smooth. Excellent accompanied with a quality scotch or bourbon. I have given this cigar as a gift to other cigar lovers. Now they only get a box of this from Thompson Cigar!
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5 out of 5
This is hands down one of the best cigars ever. It actually exceeds the hype. You'll want to have these in your humidor for sure.
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1 out of 5
This was by far the worst tasting cigar I've ever had. I gave several to a few friends...no one liked them. I cannot believe that this is the 2014 cigar of the year...Wouldn't recommend to anyone.
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5 out of 5
A must have in any humidor!
John G. verifiedverified buyer
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5 out of 5
I have two boxes aging in my humidor, and I'm adding a third. These hand rolled beauties are smokeable right now. The box is simple, lined with cedar and having individual slots conforming to each cigar. Head and foot are perfect, and very gentle pressure indicates a well humidified cigar. Cold draw is normal, and leathery in taste. Nose is leather, earth, tobacco and chocolate. Gentle draw after first light is full bodied and slightly harsh, which is why I'm letting them age for six months or more. After 1/4 inch, the cigar opens up, and floods the palette with well aged tobacco, and not a hint of harshness. Earth, tobacco and leather predominate, with cream and chocolate rising and falling. A slight retrohale opens the cupboard to a mixture of spices, hard to distinguish individually and very pleasant. No cedar notes, and no distinct nut or fruit. A consistent and remarkable smoke, so much so that I remove both paper bands to allow full consumption of the cigar and I am always tempted...and sometimes give in, to smoking two in one sitting. The aged Nicaraguan fillers and delicious flavors make this cigar unforgettable...and the full body does not mean a harsh smoke...in fact, if you didn't know this was a full/med bodied cigar, you'd be tempted to call it a medium due to the smoothness and consistency of the flavor. Burn is even until it extinguishes under the band location, at which point it is usually uneven...not a fault IMO. I have sampled No. 1 rated cigars going back to 2011, and none of the others hold up to this cigar. It is truly in a class of its own, with old world habano flavors and smells, but with none of the old world harshness or inconsistency. Half the other cigars resting in my humidor have fallen out of favor since this cigar moved in.
Chumpchange
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5 out of 5
This is one of the finest cigars I have ever had. I only wish it didn't take 2 to 3 months to get an order in. It is definitely one and a friend of mine only smoke on very, very special occasions.
Chicken M. verifiedverified buyer
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5 out of 5
I loved it so much I ordered 5 boxes. This is one of my new favorites. So much flavor at such a great price. I wonder why these aren't $30. The only problem is waiting for them on back order.
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5 out of 5
Well folks, here I am back after almost one year from my posting on this cigar, which you can read below. I'm back for only one reason, I told you how good this smoke was in my review and look who took 2014 #1 Cigar Of The Year!!!!!!! WHAT a surprise!!!! Well,,,, not to me. I keep an inventory of 10 boxes in one of my hummie. And when my neighbors come over for our reg smoke,,I have to hide these boxes in the back, cause that's all they want now. I wasn't kidding when I said EVERY thing was a distant second. Now if you have had this smoke, you may want to try the Oliva Serie V Liga Especial Figurado,, another incredible smoke.....enjoy!!!!!
Glrnelson
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5 out of 5
I must confess that I go a little overboard about my love for cigars. The amount of money I've invested in my collection is absolutely shameless, as a lot of others are, I'm sure. But this cigar is, in my humble opinion, hands down the best all around cigar in existence. While there are a couple of others, that under the proper conditions, may be a better choice, their price tags prohibit smoking them regularly. The price point on these beauties allows me to enjoy them on an everyday basis. Every aspect of the smoking experience is epitomized with one of these gems. Upon lighting one, my den begins to smell of fresh baked bread. An inch or two in freshly cracked pepper and rich cocoa coat the palette, while the finish is reminiscent of a cup of creamed coffee. PURE NERVANA! I most highly recommend that if you haven't tried one, get some now and you will, I'm sure, experience the very pinnacle of all the reasons why we smoke cigars
Bigcardsfan
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5 out of 5
Top rated cigar in every way
Jeff R. verifiedverified buyer
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5 out of 5
"First review? Just seems odd for this smoke. I have had these for 3+ months in the hummi, and decided to pop one out. Since being the first, let's set a base line here for the readers.I put this at 5,and I have only given a few 5's with all the smokes over the years.. and I'm critical on details and pricing is important too. 4 stars examples in my inventory include Torano 1959 exodus GOLD(just an inedible smoke!)or the MASTER maduro!!,nica rustica( so unique!), Aging rm f-55, Casa Magna, La palina, PDR1878 red and black label,,R.P.1990/decade,Perdomo 20th ann/ Champagne NOIR (awesome smokes), Alec bradley Tempus (classic),,, 5 stars Oliva series V melanio/ figardo (sorry,, but smoked them all, this! is just Bliss!!), Flor De Las Antillas (soooo smooth, like smoking velvet!). La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amore (heaven!) Alec Bradley Prensado, Fernando Leon Family Reserve(just amazing!)So hopefully this helps give examples. Smoke Padrons, yes all of them, Ashton's VSG, yes, and so on. I look at value based on what they bring to the table. Smoked a padron 1964 the other day, gave it 2 stars, was going to be 3 but the price- you got to be kidding me? The smoke is nice, but not that nice..Anyway!! about the smoke, it is a mild-med at most just because it's so smooth, lots of creamy smoke/flavors and just keeps you begging for to not end, but the aroma/smoke off this cigar is just beyond complex! You just want to lock all those flavors in a room! no escape!!It changes in so many directions. Hints of almost everything but the kitchen sink! Smooth, with light hints of caramel, sweet earth tones, and just changes immediately to more of a very light sweetness. So many flavors that I can't even- ever remember smoking something like this. Not overwhelming,, just smooooooth! For a full flavor, you would not know!! Cut was perfect, the burn was razor the entire smoke. I have 4 large hummi's stocked and a friend asked me to rate my top ten, this was #1, and evrything else was just a distant second.. it's just that good. Think that padron anniversary is good? great! try one of these Oliva's right afterwards, and see if you find a new benchmark of total perfection! And maybe save you some money while at it. Lots of words, but beats a post that says- "great smoke!"
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