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I recently smoked the Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo, a decent cigar but way overpriced. I have provided my full review below. This content uses referral links.

Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo

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A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo, a decent cigar that is way overpriced for what it delivers.

Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo

A Nicaraguan cigar made exclusively with Nicaraguan tobacco, I was not nearly as impressed with it as some other reviewers.

While I found it to be an adequate smoke, it was too strong and overpowering for my liking. I know that a lot of other cigar smokers like this, so I understand the rave reviews this cigar has received. It was not, however, my cup of tea.

Cigar of the Month recommends pairing it with a cappuccino. As is my habit when tasting cigars, however, I enjoyed mine with a good cup of coffee. They went together fine.

In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to any cigar smoker. 

Time of the Smoke

It took me about two hours to smoke through this entire cigar. It was an unusually long smoke.

Look of the Label 

As the picture indicates, the label was beautiful. It was detailed and eloquent.

3/3 points

Oliva Master Blends 3’s Condition

This was a beautiful cigar. It was not without its flaws, however. The veins were much thicker than I like to see, and there was some wrinkling all over the body. Still, there’s no denying this was a beautiful stick. 

6/7 points

Feel of the Cigar 

In many areas, the cigar felt perfect. It had just the right amount of give on the squeeze and an adequate bounce back. The feel of the cigar was, however, inconsistent, with some places being too firm and others being a bit too loose. There was something just a little bit off on the roll on this one.

2/3 points

Aroma of the Wrapper 

The pre-lit cigar smelled terrific. It had hints of cream, coffee, earth, and a general, almost floral, sweetness. It was outstanding.

3/3 points

The Cut 

The cut was perfect. I was able to slice off the cap quickly and without issue, leaving the structure of the cigar completely intact.

1/1 point

Lighting the Oliva Master Blends 3 

The Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo lit up fairly easily and without much issue.

1/1 point

The Draw 

The draw started just a bit too tough, but it was ok. Sometimes I like a little tougher draw on strong cigars like this one. As the cigar progressed, however, the draw grew even tighter. It never made the smoke too uncomfortable, but it wasn’t great, either.

4/5 points


On the retrohale, the Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo, I could only pick up black pepper. It was a bit too strong, and the smoke irritated my sinuses. While I understand why many smokers like this, it was just not for me.

Still, it wasn’t terrible by any stretch, though it grew even stronger as the cigar progressed.

6/9 points

Oliva Master Blends 3’s Flavor 

This cigar was rich and had some good qualities to it, but it was just too strong for me. I picked up hints of black pepper and cream, but the flavor profile was just too overpowering to pull out some of the nuances in the flavoring.

As the smoke progressed, it grew sweet, but then the overwhelming pepper returned. Again, I understand the appeal of this cigar. It’s well-balanced and skillfully crafted, but it’s just not for me.

15/21 points

Aroma of the Smoke 

After the initial light, the cigar had a dark, yet smooth, aroma with hints of pepper. It was nice, but, like the rest of the cigar, just a bit too much.

6/7 points

The Burn 

The burn on this cigar was not great. It started even, but it didn’t maintain it. As it grew uneven, I had to work to keep the thing lit. As the light faded and the burn line grew excessively uneven, I had to touch it up. After that, however, it burned fine. 

1/2 points

The Ash 

The ash was fine. It was nothing impressive, but it also didn’t cause any trouble.

1/1 point

Effect of the Smoke 

I know that this is a bit of an odd category to consider. As the author of The Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado notes, however, if the best-tasting cigar in the world makes you sick, it’s not a great cigar for you. 

This area is, therefore, very personal. Some low-quality cigars will make most people sick. Still, when you’re talking about premium cigars, different people will react differently to different cigars.

The Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo was too strong for me, but it nonetheless left me feeling fine.

30/30 points

Oliva Master Blends 3’s Tobacco 

The Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco ever found their way into my mouth.

7/7 points

Oliva Master Blends 3 Final Grade 

Overall, this was a decent cigar at an exorbitant price. I understand the appeal of this cigar, so you may disagree, but I can’t see myself paying $12.65 per stick.

Final Grade: 87 / B+

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Shane · December 27, 2020 at 5:56 pm

Bro, where are you picking up that stick for $12???? I’m in your boat regarding the value at $12, but many people can find this stick at $5 or less. In that range, it is a fantastic value for people seeking a full bodied smoke

    Garrett Ham · January 5, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Thanks for letting me know. I guess I haven’t seen it in that range. For $5, it’s definitely a good value.

P Andrzej · February 5, 2021 at 2:34 pm

Enjoy your reviews.
Please let me know when you review the Oliva “O” series.

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