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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The cut was perfect. I was able to slice off the cap quickly and without issue, leaving the structure of the cigar completely intact.
Lighting the Oliva Master Blends 3
The Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo lit up fairly easily and without much issue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ash was fine. It was nothing impressive, but it also didn’t cause any trouble.
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.
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.
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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