Oliva Master Blend 5.0×50 Saturday, Nov 19 2005 

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Cuban seed Nicaraguan grown tobacco
Filler: Cuban Seed Nicaraguan grown long filler
Size: Robusto 5″x50 ring

This is a special cigar. Master Blends is a limited production, limited release premium cigar. Oliva uses rare and limited tobaccos to create it. The fine Nicaraguan fillers and wrappers used are not for mass production. They are limited amounts of tobacco which would usually be reserved for private family use. Master Blends are available every year; however, each year the blend and wrapper will be different. I have the current release, a Master Blend II currently resting in my humidor and I look forward to smoking it if this original Master Blend is any indication of how good it will be.

This was a superb cigar. Full flavored and strong, this cigar gave me a pretty wicked buzz. It had a strong woody flavor and was surprisingly smooth for such a full flavored cigar. I had a problem with the burn. It started out fine but then began to canoe a little on me. I tried to let it correct itself but it kept getting worse so I had to intervene with my torch to even it back out. After that I never had a problem with the burn again. It had a nice firm ash. I only had to tap it twice before putting it down. This was a great smoke and I am going back to the shop to pick up a couple more while they still have them. I plan to stow them away and save them for a special occasion.

I almost forgot. This cigar also had an interesting design printed on the wrapper leaf itself. It look like some kind of laser etching or something. A very nice, very unique touch.

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Carlos Toraño Exodus 1959 5.0×52 Saturday, Nov 19 2005 

Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Habano 2000
Filler: Dominican, Honduran, Mexican, Nicaraguan, and Costa Rican long fillers
Size: Robusto 5″x52 ring

Yesterday was a great day for cigars. I got to smoke two. This Toraño after lunch and an Oliva Master Blend (the original)after work. This cigar starts off spicy but it soon mellows out and developes hints of chocolate behind a strong tobacco flavor. This was a nice medium bodied smoke of medium strength. The burn went a little crooked on me but I was able to correct it without too much effort. I thought this was a good cigar, but I have tried the Toraño Exodus Silver, Cameroon 1916, and the Signature, all of which I like better than this Toraño so I probably won’t smoke another one of these again.

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