The Oliva Cigar Company is renowned for making full bodied cigars. To meet the demands of their discerning customers, the company conducted a meeting to discuss the creation of a milder cigar without sacrificing the bold flavors that earned them their reputation. That’s when they came up with the Connecticut Reserve. This is an intriguing cigar from a company that produces affordable cigars without sacrificing high quality and flavor.
The Connecticut Reserve is a blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos and an Ecuadorian grown Connecticut shade broadleaf wrapper. The wrapper is silky, slightly oily and solidly constructed. The Cuban-seed Nicaraguan tobacco packs much woody flavor into this cigar. The torpedo, being 6.5 x 52, is pleasantly mild yet full flavored with pepper, cedar and spice. Surprising hints of coffee and cream hit the palate after lighting. The smoke is creamy, toasty and soft on the tongue. The aging process that Oliva has mastered, only intensifies the flavors of this mild-medium cigar.
If time allows, I like to relax with this cigar first thing in the morning. Becoming a ritual, I enjoy the milder blend of the Connecticut Reserve with my coffee. My Sumatra blend with its distinct flavor compliments the mellow Connecticut Reserve, both being toasty with coffee, cream and spice. The roast and smoke is a perfect match.