Oliva Serie G Maduro Torpedo Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, June 3, 2013
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Oliva Serie G Maduro Torpedo Cigar Review

This 6.5×52 stick features a box pressed dark brown very oily silky finished wrapper with minimal veins, tight invisible seams, a light firm pack and mild cocoa and tobacco aroma. First light reveals a plugged draw with a possible knot or two and/or a tight torpedo tip, hopefully it loosens up. Smoke production is minimal and flavors are just a mild sweet tobacco. The first third opens the draw slightly improving smoke output while flavors and body remain the same. Burn is very good with a razor sharp line. Hitting the 1/2 way point at 45 minutes, the 2nd third continues to improve the draw, putting out good smoke with exactly the same profile and perfect burn. Ending at 1 hour the last 1.5″ got completely plugged at the head so I ended it. Thank you very much to viewer Dexter Hicks for sending this one in for review!

  • Dale

    You said your not a big fan of anything that is not a traditional rolled cigar…Is that the torpedo or the box press or both that you don’t like? I am not a fan of torpedoes but I do like box pressed.

    • I have nothing against box-pressing but it doesn’t add anything to the burn or flavors, so I just don’t care about it. Torpedos I dislike simply because they increase the odds of burn problems.

      • Dale

        I have the same issues with torpedoes. I guess I just like the look of a box press…right reason to buy a cigar huh? 🙂
        As I told some one the other day…I am not a fan of torpedos…I just don’t see the point 😉

        • Dale

          I see my edit now but can’t seem to delete this one. I only make a living working on computers but can’t seem to figure this one out. Maybe my brain is too tired tonight.

          • jpculp57

            I’ve read that manufacturers think that box pressing concentrates the flavors more. I just read an AJ Fernandez interview and he says that’s why they box press the Oval. He said the blend didn’t taste right when it was in the round shape so they put a hard press to it and it totally changed it.

  • dexter1

    you left off maduro

  • dexter1

    yes they are mild a good stick when you get up

  • TimB

    Oliva are usually good smokes I like the Vs.Torpedoes do sometimes have problems but I like them in the larger ring sizes.Bryan have you tried the Nicarao line especially the Especial.One of the best cigars I have had in a long time.

  • JJO

    I like the Serie G’s in both Cameroon and Maduro, and have mot had the construction/draw issues you encountered. I do believe that they are the milder line of the Olivas (apart from the Connecticut Reserve), with the O and V being successively fuller in body.

    Purge, man, purge, lol. I know you don’t really believe in it, but I do find that it can help at times, especially when tar build-up becomes a problem.

    • I never said I don’t believe in it. I said I do it when needed which is rare. In the last inch, there’s no point it would just heat it up.

      • JJO

        Haha, well you know I’ve been following you for quite a while, so I’m going to hold you to that. But, hey, my decrepit ancient mind might be – or rather, is probably – playing tricks on me. Dammit, now I’m going to have to back over those old AVQ’s!. 😉

        Either way, 1-1/2″ is a little different than 1″, right? Wouldn’t that difference be worth allowing for corrective measures to get the most out of the experience, or do you not think it’s worth it either way? As someone on a limited budget, I want to get as much as possible out of any stick I can. I’m sure you know I’m not trying to be an ass, because I know you and respect you, and just want to get some clarification. You know me, “always question authority”. LOL

        As always, thanks!

        • Not even remotely worth it to me, any problem back from the band – it’s done for me.

          • jpculp57

            Agree with you completely on this one BG. I can’t stand a cigar when it gets hot. The flavors are so muted and if I can taste them they are bitter and nothing like the cigar was. It’s just not worth the hassle to me either.

  • garlar10

    Surprised to see an Olivia with construction/burn issues like this one. As for torpedoes I usually like to use a v-cut with them. Good review, I haven’t tried any of the G series but hopefully that will change soon.

  • viewer_tan

    Reminds me of the Oliva G robusto review, in terms of the draw issues

  • Jason Isbaner

    Never had the G series. Looks to be a bit mild for me.

  • Plugs happen. I’m not a fan of the G series though. I think there is better flavor elsewhere for equal price.

  • Gimmicks85

    Great review .. I’ve had my fair share of Olivia’s .. Off topic .. Would you be able to make a review on pre-signs of possible beetle problems or the sign of just age spots on cigars .. And a good affected way to manage humidor since the up coming summers mouths are here .. Thanks again for all your reviews

    • There’s really nothing to say. No such thing as pre-signs or age spots. Humidors (or any type of storage) need to be kept at proper temps and humidity at all times, period. There is no time you do anything special or different. I’ll cover it in the video for those asking about beetles. You get them because you aren’t storing properly. That’s it. Store properly. All the time. No beetles.

  • Tommz81

    Well you hung longer than I would of.

  • klavius71

    I love Maduro’s and don’t care for torpedo’s myself. You mentioned the mildness of this Maduro. Many people I talk to about them find them stronger (usually a mid-full to full flavor). I find them a smoother, flavorful smoke than a Connecticut. To me, a Connecticut can be spicier. Do you get the find the same thing on both? (I know everyone has a different palate. Just wanted to know if it was just me.)

  • yosef5

    Even famous named Cigars have burn issues
    Thanks for this review

  • rockjock

    I’m surprised that you has issues. I have had a few dozen this year from Oliva and not had any problems. Still, I hear it happens to everyone once in a while. At least it was on a cheaper G and not a V.

  • sdh3237

    I have had quite a few Oliva G cigars and I have never had any burn issues. I smoked one yesterday and while I smoked I watched the review of the Oliva G box press. There were draw problems with that cigar. I guess I have been lucky with my Oliva cigars.

    • Craig

      Yeah I’ve never had a problem with Oliva’s either. Just lucky I guess. I do have to say I can’t help but admit I like the box press. It just feels good in the hands. But again, I’ve been lucky enough to not have problems with them. That might just change if I did.

  • Andrew

    I find it surprising that there were burn problems and so little flavor from an Oliva.

  • yankeeman

    I had a box of Serie O’s I was gifted 2 years ago and roughly half of them were plugged. Robustos, not box pressed.

  • mufdvr6976

    like this stick in the robusto, had a few burn issues with those but purchased 5-pack on the net burn problems got some from b&m they were fine? makes you wonder!!

  • TsingTao

    Very nice review on a very special cigar. I’m surprised there are no more flavors that stood out to you!

  • gtclark

    Disappointing about the construction issue…I love Oliva cigars, but this happens too often

  • weimerad

    Just an ok cigar. Pretty much only smoke the Oliva V line

  • smokethis

    Plugged smokes suck. Thanks for the review.

  • eric.hanson

    I agree with you, it seems that most of my plugged smokes come from box pressed or torpedo/belicoso shaped tips. It’s too bad that you had one with a knot though, I’ve had this stick before and thought it was great and a little bit more towards medium bodied than what you described.

  • Gigalo de Vitolas

    Burn issues are one thing but nothing ruins your evening like a plugged cigar. In the beginning I used to go out of my way to seek out the perfectos and torpedos but no more. Do you think certain ring gauges are more prone than others in terms of plug issues? I know lanceros usually have this issue, although I still like this size and I’ve been buying more of this size lately. I generally prefer nothing over a 52rg. What are other peoples favorite sizes?

  • BCamara

    I haven’t had an burn issues with any of the Oliva, hopefully it stays that way from me. I think I’ll try the Cameroon wrapper before the Maduro. I tend to like the Cameroon wrappers anyway.

  • danzig777

    Sucks it went out on you at the end there, I really like these cigars in the morning. Thanks for the review.

  • Dale

    I have a box of Serie V Melanio that are box pressed and have not had a single issue yet. I also have some Master Blends box pressed that I have waiting. Hope not to have issues with those.

    • JJO

      I’ve had more than a few of the MB3’s in both robusto and torpedo, and have not had a single problem with them. I think you will enjoy the heck out of them.

  • dbfr181

    Ill pass on this cigar seems to be a common problem with it…

  • Thanks Bryan for another great review. I actually just got one of these the other week. I can’t wait to try it and see if I have the same issues with mine.

  • Dirk

    One of my least favorite events. . . the plugged cigar. It totally ruins the experience.. you certainly lasted longer than I would have. I love the Oliva V Melanio haven’t had this issue ….yet

    • Gigalo de Vitolas

      everybody seems to enjoy the Melanio. Just purchased a 5 pack. Cant wait to try them in a month or so.

  • Also, if you have a plug that bad you need to be talking to your tobacconist about getting a refund.

  • rgmenke

    I almost bought a five pack of these. I seem to be hit lately with a few plugged sticks so I’ll pass for now.

  • Daniel.A

    i had one of these and remember enjoying it. good thing it wasn’t a torpedo.

  • sanchoinatree

    Torpedoes cause too many problems I couldn’t care less for them, just like the Alec Bradley fine and rare Bryan did not too long ago. Bryan I love the coolador video you did, but geeze man how many cigars do you need to store for you to have than many coolers?

  • ryanmo45

    Cameroon is way better than the maduro IMO. I don’t care how expensive, top shelf, or premium a cigar is…I just don’t care for torpedoes. You always run this risk

  • vscarpine

    I dont like box pressed cigars if this comes in non box pressed it might be worth a try

  • kurngar

    I hate torpedoes a torpedo box press I think I will pass.

  • MaxDuo

    A shame this one had some issues / was possibly also intended to be a light cigar. The last Oliva was an incredible sounding cigar.

  • geekfish

    Love the flavors on these but 50/50 on some kind of draw orburn problem on these. It is a shame as pretty economical.

  • HerbalJedi

    Ya for being a big name cigar I hear nothing but bad about the V. Does it make anybody else kind of stay away from these smokes?

    • JJO

      That’s funny, I’ve never never had a bad experiene nor heard anything but good about the V, other than it being too strong for some (the larger vitolas can really pour on the nicotine). No problems with the Serie G’s I’ve had either.

  • Tony

    The G has a very large cap. He could have cut much more off.

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