Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Torpedo: 6 x 52
The story around this cigar is about 18 months ago ago at Tabacalera Oliva Tabolisa, the factory was doing some re-arranging in their aging rooms and came across a bunch of mismatched Master Blend 1s and Master Blends 2s. At the same time, they came across a few thousand torpedoes that were rolled sometime in the 2003/early 2004 timeframe, but had been sitting in the aging room stored in paper wrapped quarter wheels. Some of the cigars were sent to Federal Cigar owner Rick Gadway, who felt it was an amazing smoke. The decision was made to make this the 93rd Anniversary Cigar.
According to Gadway, these cigars that were uncovered in Tabolisa’s aging room were for a follow-up to Oliva Master Blends 1, but did not become the Oliva Master Blends 2 release. It is unclear why these cigars never materialized for a release. Gadway says cigar smokes very different from any of the Master Blends releases.
We were also told that while these cigars were rolled nearly 10 or 11 years ago, the tobaccos are even older – possibly from 2001.
Federal Cigar never pulls any punches when it comes to their anniversary releases and this one is another home run. No doubt this cigar epitomizes an aged blend. It delivers a lot of complexity on the flavor profile with notes of coffee, chocolate, natural tobacco, and earth. There is a nice tangy spice which has no “youngness” to it. The flavors still have some nice depth as they start out medium bodied and progress to medium to full by the second half.
This actually has become one of my favorite Oliva blends rather quickly. It’s a top smoke I’ve had this year and its worth fighting Chuck Norris for it.