The wrapper is very oily in the hand and has a wonderful aromas of leather, cedar, oak, dark spices and tobacco to it. The cigar is constructed beautifully with no faults in the wrapper and is very firm in hand. The wrapper has a nice reddish hue to it and is gorgeous to look at. As I light up the cigar it begin by showing lots of leather, nuts, wood and caramel flavors. The cigar is probably medium-full in body but it is so balanced and blended so well that it is not overwhelming. Further into the first third I begin to pick up a lot more spice notes and the cigar is burning perfectly well. I love these cigars because they are very aromatic, and they produce tons of thick smoke that is great for smoke rings. When I get into the second third the strength of the cigar definitely kicks up and the flavors become very heavy and dark as well. I am picking up lots of oak, spices, coffee, cocoa and leather. The cigar is still burning perfectly and is still showing incredible balance as well. I am in the final third now and the cigar has definitely increased in strength and I am now really feeling the strength from the tobacco. The flavors the cigar is giving off are very pleasant showing lots of tobacco, chocolate, leather and coffee notes. The finish is definitely long and has been very present throughout. The burn is still perfect at this point and remains great all the way to the end.
This cigar gets a 93 in my book and is definitely one of the best non-Cuban robustos. First of all, this cigar is incredibly wallet friendly and much more than any other cigar that matches it in flavor and strength. I am a huge fan of Nicaraguan puros and more importantly cigars that are packed with great flavors, and this cigar is both of those. If you are a fan of full bodied cigars then this is a cigar for you, and if you have been smoking the Oliva Serie O or G for sometime and never had one of the Serie V smokes then you should do yourself a favor and pick one up. This is really one of my favorite cigars and will always be a cigar that I pick up. Great flavors, great strength and a great price!