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Oliva V Melanio Robusto Cigar Review

Posted on Saturday, March 30, 2013 in Cigar Reviews

Oliva V Melanio Robusto Cigar Review

This 5×52 box pressed stick features a dark brown butter smooth wrapper with a soft even pack, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, double cap and a mild chocolate and hay aroma. First light revealsa great draw with plentiful medium-full smoke production showing a smooth creamy textured body of a deep grass and earth followed by a long deep finish of the same with some black pepper flavor but no spice or zing. The first third changes very quickly to a complex blend of flavors both on the draw and finish. They include a creamy textured and tasting sweet peppery coffee with a little milk chocolate that goes in to the long zingy pepper and spice finish. Hitting the 1/2 way point at 20 minutes the ash fell off in a solid chunk while flavors mellowed a bit to a medium body, keeping the very smooth coffee and sweetness dropping almost all the pepper and zing. Ending down to the nub at 1 hour the last bit burns slower and adds in more chocolate to the draw making for an experience very much like most Padron 1964’s! Thank you very much to viewer Carlo Esqueda for sending this one in for review!

  • Gurneymonkey

    I’m just now having my first melanio. It’s excellent, but so far I have to say I prefer the regular V series. Especially when considering the price difference.

  • LunchBox87km

    Just picked up one at my B&M can’t wait to try it out

  • Zironexium

    Im sort of new to cigar smoking, does the shape of a cigar (box pressed for example) affect the flavor of the cigar in any way?

  • HerbalJedi

    Probably the best and only good Olivia is the V series. havent tried this one yet though.

  • Gigalo de Vitolas

    Finally enjoyed the stick this week catching the sunset here in fl. Awesome stick, def a staple in my humi.

  • rgorman

    Just oredered a smapler because of this review! I guess I didn’t realize how much the ’64 Padron’s were… Damn!

  • mufdvr6976

    nice review, this is an awesome stick got a box and just letting them sit…………cant wait to open it!!

  • VinnyLo

    Loved the chocolate coffee flavor

  • Emtfire62

    I’m a slight newcomer to the world of cigars, I’m at that stage where every cigar i smoke I’m trying a different one. I always refer to your reviews before buyingm keep up the great work and thank you for all you do..

  • Xavier4753

    I tried this stick for the first time after dinner tonight and it sure was a great dessert!

  • Xavier4753

    Has anyone held how’s had this stick gotten a kick back afterwords? I’ve finished about 10-15mins ago and really gettin 1

  • Galin.Swigart

    This is a beautiful Cigar! Great look

  • http://yahoo glrnelson

    Little late, but I had a friend ask for my top 10 cigars just because he knows how many hummi’s I have, and certainly had almost every known cig out there- so,,, my #1 cigar to the list: Oliva Serie V Melanio Gran Reserva Limitada Flat Pressed Sumatra Figurado!!!! I told him that my second choice was a far- far cry from #1. To describe this smoke and use Padron in the same text is an insult!!!! Skipping over the likes of a Presando, or a La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amore, or even a R.P decade, is just insulting (I rate a padron 1964 2 stars out of 5). But I do challenge you padron smokers, have your smoke and then follow up with my smoke above #1- but be warned! You will now find out what heaven is like! BUT! better late than never

  • Andrew

    Hey, Bryan. Great review as always, thank you! This cigar is stunning in person. I may have to try the churchill or figurado, though. I’d like the the experience to last a little longer. It comes in a torpedo as well, but as I’ve heard you mention in other reviews I have a “hit-and-miss” experience with that shape. I’d rather not play the game of cutting enough cap to open the draw but not enough to cause damage to the shoulder. Whether it’s the churchill or figurado I can’t wait to pick this one up and give it a try. Thanks again!

    • gary nelson

      andrew, I have ~ 7 boxes of the figurados, they have a very slight torpedo box press shape but nothing that takes away from the smoking experience or the waste. I have four very large hummies where I stock boxes in several of them for aging, and a couple 300-400 counter hummies for pulling out singles- needless to say,,, I have a very large inventory of various smokes. Thru the years, I have people ask me for a top 10 list and in that list are: La Aroma de Cuba “Mi Amor”- totally awesome, Alec Bradley Prensado- unbelievable, Rocky Patel Decade or 1990- either are show stoppers, Fernando Leon Family Reserve, Alec Bradley Tempus, Carlos Torano Exodus Gold 1959,, to name some of my tops but asked for my number 1?? well the oliva V meliano figurado is #1 and EVERYTHING is just a distant second. Absolute heaven. I contact my local on-line contact and get these at an incredible off-web price and for the small price above the norm…. worth every penny of the bliss……. Yes, I have smoked the $15, 20,40,50 buck cigs and this one beats them all

  • Caleb

    I found this cigar to burn much longer than what you got out of it Bryan. I’m halfway and it’s been almost an hour! Love the flavor, haven’t had any touch ups or relights, but the strength on the V series always kicks my tail! Great review!