Inferno by Oliva – Toro
Price Point: $4.30 per cigar. (box 20 price)
Wrapper: Habano (Nicaraguan)
Size: 6 x 50
Cigars Smoked for this Review: One
This particular stick is a house blend/brand stick made by Oliva for Famous Smoke. It is what some may call a Nicaraguan Puro. I believe these have been out for a while now so they should already have some age on them and be ready to smoke ROTT. (right off the truck) If you have heard of Oliva they have a great line of offerings spanning the spectrum from budget to premium cigars. I believe with these being billed as a dark, savory ligero filled blend these are similar in concept and execution to Olivia’s O series maduro. (possibly?) For this review I smoked one stick in the morning with my favorite morning beverage an iced “milky way” coffee. (I know, I said I would eventually post the recipe for that sometime)
This cigar looks great and I really like the band. The cigar is dense and feels full or weighty in the hand. That is a good sign. The wrapper is oily and looks great! The wrapper itself is fairly smooth and there were some visible veins. Most of the wrapper seams are thin. So since I see and feel no soft spots or voids on it, let’s get to toasting.
Flavor/Taste & Aroma
The dry draw produced notes of chocolate, baking spice and raisin. There is a hint of pepper on the lips and I consider this a great pre-light experience in both flavor and aroma. Toasting was quick and once lit the burn and initial smoke production is very good. The flavors are medium to medium-full and the chocolate with some citrus and cedar taste is perfect. Ash stayed firm, tight, and together, falling off in even chunks. This is an excellent early morning cigar to have with coffee. Depending on how you smoke this is about a 45 minute to an hour stick.
On the day I smoked this stick for the review I smoked this in the morning, with coffee, on my way to work. I could see smoking this after a meal or with a cocktail. With the price point this is definitely one to keep on hand as it easily smokes like a stick that is twice its price.
This is definitely a medium to medium-full smoke but would be suitable for a beginner or an experienced cigar smoker since it is smooth in power and flavor. As I said before these are great to keep around and won’t break your wallet. At the average retail price of about $21.99 for a five pack I would recommend picking up at least a fiver if not a box anytime. In fact at this price you could buy a box and use it as your own house stick to share with others. 😉 Stay smokey and ash on!