Oliva Master Blends 3

I was pleased when Cigar Direct chose to send me a couple of these cigars to review. The Master Blends 3 is the third installment in the “Master Blends” series of cigars. Tobacco for this line is limited, which I imagine accounts for the higher price and limited availability. I paired up with the usual glass of water and got to the review.


Wrapper: Connecticut broadleaf Sun-grown

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero

Size: Robusto 5×50

Price: Around $9.00


Pre-smoke & Construction:

With small to medium veins, the dark sun grown wrapper had an overall rich appearance. Squeezing the cigar’s length, I found no inconsistencies. The wrapper and foot had an earthy smell with a hint of sweet spice. The pre-light draw was free, and had a smooth earthy taste.

The burn required two corrections, and the ash held for 1.5 inches. No complaints in the construction department.



The first third started with pepper. It was strong, but not over the top or harsh. After smoking about an inch, coffee notes kicked in. As if on queue, mocha flavors came minutes later to round out the first third. It was pretty cool how each flavor came in individually, as if they were being introduced.


Mocha, or chocolate, was the main flavor of the second third. The pepper remained but it was joined by a sweet spice. Like the first third, black coffee rounded things out. The smoke feel was dry, but not in an annoying way. I did feel the need to drink more water then I usually do.


The last third still held that dominant mocha flavor. Earthy notes helped to mellow out the pepper and the sweet spice. Coffee was still very noticeable like the first two thirds. The parched feeling remained, but I got used to it. Not a whole lot of change, just an enjoyable melding of flavors.



It was interesting how the flavors introduced themselves. For the most part they held their positions in the overall picture. After some debate, I determined this was a full bodied cigar. Overall it was very enjoyable and relaxing. The only bad thing I could think of is the price. For a cigar of limited availability, I guess you have to expect that. If you want to give this cigar a try, Cigars Direct has a selection of various sizes. Any Oliva fan should at least give the Master Blends 3 a chance.

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