A cigar with body and soul

This is the time of the year where cigar manufacturers are releasing hundreds of new brands. The powerhouse cigar companies, the boutiques, just about anyone who has developed a new product is touting it at the annual IPCPR convention. Perhaps one day I will be invited to this bash. Until then l will be reviewing cigars on a a more modest level.

Famous cigars has sent me a five pack of their exclusive blend Oliva Baptiste Torpedo gratis. As always every cigar I review is not influenced how I receive the sample.  Thanks to Cory Grover from Famous Cigars for them. 
Link: https://www.famous-smoke.com/brandgroup/oliva+cigars
Strength: Full
Shape: Torpedo
Size: 5 1/2 x 54
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper Color: Natural
Wrapper Origin: Ecuadorian
Wrapper Leaf:  Habano

Price: $81.99 box of 20
Where smoked: Los Angeles Ca. 7/24/16


This is a very dark chocolate wrapper with no apparent flaws or seams.  Solid , with a semi oily feel to the product. The oval shape is impressive and striking . The presentation if you find that important is first rate, and is very well made. The label also is well thought out with a bold looking font. Oliva cigars are known for careful construction and this is no exception.
Flavor/Taste and Aroma:
Using an Xikar cutter and lighter the smoke started with a very smooth taste of rich chocolate and coffee. Medium strength. I paired the cigar with a Sam Adams Boston Lager. I wanted to try a pairing of two dark products as see if they would complement each other.

Smoking Characteristics:

The cigar had a good burn with a slightly uneven profile. I think this was due to being outside while smoking and  a mild breeze was happening. This was a minor problem which was not impacting the taste. The cigar reminded me of a rich chocolate topping of ice cream as you dig in for the first scoop.   There also was a slight sweetness which makes sense. The blend was also giving me some slight spicy hits but they were not overpowering. It just made the experience more enjoyable.

Conclusion/Overall Impression:

Exclusive blends are usually priced to sell to consumers at a reasonable price point. The danger of this is the possibility the manufacturer might cut corners to make this happen.
I can say the quality  control, the taste and feel of the cigar shows this was not the approach.  This is a bargain, cigar with a high appeal quota. Oliva and Famous collectively are producing a superior product. Do not hesitate to buy it. Depending on your humidor capacity, try a pack of 5 and start from there.

Final Thoughts:

Here are the numbers:

Appearance/ Construction:  4 out of 5
Flavor/ Taste and Aroma: 4 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics: 3.5 out of 5.

You will like this blend. Let me know what your thoughts are.

Keep smoking.

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