The Oliva Serie V, also known as the Ligero Especial, was developed under the watchful eye of tobacco specialist Jose Oliva, whose family has a long tradition of both tobacco growing and cigar making. The Oliva Serie V is thought by many to be the ideal cigar, bringing together the perfect balance of flavor, aroma and construction. Whether a smoker prefers a mild, medium or full-bodied flavor in a cigar, there isn’t anything about the Oliva V that doesn’t demonstrate excellence.
The single best word to describe the unique combination of flavors in the richly complex Ligero Especial is “smooth.” The tobacco blend has created a delicate tatste of freshly brewed South American coffee combined with a bitter-sweet chocolate taste with an added hint of cinnamon. The bulk of the Oliva Serie V flavor is derived from an interesting mix of specially fermented ligero leaves from Nicaragua’s Jalapa Valley. The Oliva Serie V literally wraps your taste buds up in a blanket of flavor from the first puff and keeps you savoring the experience all the way through the entire cigar.
When you first pick up the Ligero Especial you will immediately recognize you have found a premium cigar of the utmost quality. As with all cigars that carry the Oliva name, the Serie V is superbly constructed. The draw and construction of the Ligero Especial is distinctive, with a Habano sun grown wrapper that gives the cigar an attractive dark and oily appearance.
From the thick and full smoke produced from the first effortless draw you will notice the aroma and taste being a precise match. The draw is consistent and every puff remains cool in your mouth. The ash is a beautiful greyish white that will hold firm on the tip of the cigar for over an inch. Succinctly, this is a cigar you will not be able to put down.
The Oliva Serie V is an outstanding value and possible the best premium cigar that can be purchased for the money. Singles can be a bit pricey, but the cost is very reasonable if purchased by the box at your local tobacco shop, as most purveyors will offer discounts, and great deals can always be found online. Additionally, for quality and value, the Serie V was picked as one of the top 25 cigars by Cigar Aficionado Magazine for two years in a row.