I have had the pleasure of smoking some great cigars by Oliva, thus anticipation to smoke the Melanio was justified. The amount of talk through friends also attributed to suspense in getting a hold of one, so I did, and yes it lives up to the hype.
Inspection of the cigar reveals a box pressed robusto with almost no veins, a wrapper seam hear and there but it is a gorgeous looking smoke, with no soft spots. A sniff gives a nice peppery sense to the cigar along with a hint of coffee. The foot offers more pepper than anything. A straight cut to the cap and I get coffee, pepper, and leather.
The first third began with a generous pepper blast. A subtle amount of coffee seemed to be fighting it’s way through, but the pepper was the main player. A few puffs in and the pepper subsided a bit and the coffee made it’s appearance in the profile adding a delicious note. A faint amount of cedar began to make a play here and there as well. The burn was nothing short of perfect, resulting in a salt and pepper type ash that was as strong as can be. The draw was equally excellent, providing a splendid amount of smoke.
The second third began to yield more of the coffee notes. The pepper was still in play but reserved for the back of the profile leaving a tingle on the palate. Cedar also had more emphasis in the second third pairing well with the coffee and pepper. The strength level had quickly approached a fuller profile, definitely an evening smoke. The burn as superb as before, as was the ash. The draw was perfect throughout the cigar.
The final third phased out the coffee and cedar leaving the pepper as the dominant note, but also adding a touch of leather to the profile, making things even out a little. The cigar stayed cool all the way to the sad end. I felt a little bad poking a toothpick into the end of this beauty, but I couldn’t resist, I had to smoke it completely, yes it was that great of a cigar.
I’d have to say that in my humble opinion, this is my favorite cigar by Oliva to date. It was an absolutely splendid smoke that I know I will enjoy again and again for as long as they last. A definite box purchase. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan