A Feisty Stick, Oliva Serie V Lancero – Review
The Lancero size is a non traditional cigar size or vitola. Many manufacturers simply do not make them, and others do so half-heartedly. Oliva, in the guise of the Serie V Lancero, does it with style and potency. Please allow me to explain.
The origins of the Lancero all swirl around the persona of the Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro. Stories claim many origins. –They were a favorite of one of his attendants, and he tried it and liked it. –He came up with it all on his own and gave them out as State gifts to guests visiting Cuba. –Some say they were originally made in the Trinidad facilities as the Fundadore cigar, and still others claim the Cohiba Laguito #1 is the original, and production at Trinidad was after. However it began, it was the beginning of a love affair with the long, lean and elegant Lancero.
A Worthy Challenge
The size is a challenge for several reasons. The standard accepted size is 7.5 x 38; that’s seven-and-one-half inches long with a 38 ring gauge. (Ring gauge is calculated in 1/64 increments — 64/64ths equal 1 inch.) ( Guys, ask your significant other to explain ‘ring’ gauge to you. 😀) So, the rub is that it is a long, narrow cigar that will show every flaw, and if crafted poorly, it will not even draw or stay lit. Add to that the limited area inside the narrow body for tobacco.
Wait for It….
Most Lanceros are naturally mild, so the manufacturer stresses their subtle nature and the elegance associated with them. Here is where the Oliva Serie V enters the picture and turns Lanceros on end. These are potent and flavorful without clubbing you over the head. Great spice and heady herbal notes, then BAM! You get a great power note placing you on notice that this ain’t Castro’s chauffeur’s cigar, though still well-mannered and yes, a touch elegant. Plus, if you take it slowly, it rewards you with a balanced flavor + power delivery.
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These smoke well but don’t rush them. Along the way, you receive baking spices, cedar, and white pepper. Lanceros should be savored and treated gently, or you will overheat and ruin them. So, don’t do that. Ease into a Lancero, and slow your roll. In return, you will receive your money’s worth and then some, from the Oliva Serie V Lancero. I highly recommend. 👍
The Smoking Monkey