Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, June 5, 2011
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Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo Cigar Review

This 6.5×52 box pressed torpedo features a dark brown oval pressed wrapper with a slight spongy give, faint red hue and soft velvet feel with a rich barnyard aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw with good medium body smoke output giving very smooth, oily and creamy textured tobacco and leather notes with a slight sweetness on the finish. The first third is almost the same, just a tad muted but very smooth and well blended. The draw also includes a bit of nuttiness, but no one flavor really pops out. 20 minutes in the 1st third ends by shifting flavors dramatically to a very deep and substantial earthiness that really overwhelms you, bringing body up to medium-full and leaving a long finish. 30 minutes in, flavors change yet again, going to a creamy coffee and aged tobacco, also bringing the pepper up a touch and adding a bit of spice to the finish. The earth has dropped completely. 45 minutes in part of the burn reaches the 1/2 way point, the rest lagging about 1/2″ behind. Flavors at this point are bouncing back and forth between the earthiness and coffee, with the sweetness sometimes going to a caramel. The ash is still holding on, however I’m going to ash it and touch up the burn. Ending at 1:30 min the remainder of the stick was the same. Thank you very much to Tyson Hockstaff for sending this in for review, and a big shout out to the Sailors of VRC-30 in Japan!

  • JJO

    Great review, Bryan. You know a reviewer has done his job well when you have no questions to ask. I’ve got one of these that I’ve been hoarding, along with a couple of robustos, so I’m really looking forward to the right time to light it up.

  • thecatch83

    I thought you might like that one Bryan, glad you enjoyed it! Nice review…cheers!

  • JohnG

    A very good cigar. I enjoy it when I get a chance to smoke it. Thanks for the review Bryan.

  • LxArkitekt

    I just picked one of these up and now I’m super excited to smoke it!

  • Mr Rojas

    Me and a friend went halves on an Oliva sampler and one of us gets this one and one of us gets the Melanio, a coin toss made me the decision maker. I might go with the Melanio, but I wanna try this one as well….decisions decisions

    • JJO

      I haven’t tried the Melanio yet, although I do have one in my humidor, but I don’t think can wrong with either. I love the MB3, and a friend of mine has called the Melanio the lovechild of the Serie V and MB3.

  • jpculp57

    I just ordered a 5 pack of these and was pleasantly surprised to see that you reviewed them. I’m hoping mine are as good or better as the one you reviewed.

  • eric.hanson

    I’ve got to say I love Oliva sticks but I was a bit disapointed by this one, I didn’t really like the flavors.

  • Just smoked this one today thanks to JJO. And bought a five pack some hours later.

  • BCamara

    I have one of these in the humi, I can’t wait to smoke it now after seeing this review. It kinda sucks that I only have one.

  • Risto Bombata

    I had the Melanio figurado yesterday and left it half way done. Nothing really bad but it bored me. Just lit up the MB3 Churchill,,, from first puff I knew it was something special… It’s like I’m smoking a chocolate bar. Caramel chocolate nuttiness… Delicious.

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