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Old 03-06-2012, 09:17 AM   #1
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This week we are photographing and reviewing the Oliva Master Blends 2 by Oliva Cigar Company. As the name implies, this is a sequel to an extremely successful Oliva Master Blends 1 release which we have summarized about 10 months ago. Oliva Master Blends 2, made in Tabacalera Oliva de Nicaragua S.A., hit the market in 2005 in the following vitolas: robusto, torpedo, churchill. Production run – 120,000 cigars total. Oliva Cigar Company deviated from nicaraguan puro blend and switched the wrapper in the Oliva Master Blends 2 to Ecuadorian Sun Grown Sumatra.

Visually, Oliva Master Blends 2 robusto looked appealing. I continue to appreciate the semi-box pressed finish. Although there were some visible veins and not so tight seams, the cigar had a well applied cap and was tightly packed – no soft spots. Similarly to the predecessor, Oliva Master Blends 2 had the famous laser-etched logo imprinted right below the band. Unfortunately that unique identifier went away with the Oliva Master Blends 3 release. The laser-etched logo and visible veins looked relatively alike and formed a spider-like appearance around the wrapper. Neat ! Draw was perfect before and after the cigar was lit. In flavor department, not overly complex cigar but good solid hints of roasted nuts, dried fruit, and a touch of spiciness. Good draw produced copious amount of smoke which subsequently coated and dried the palate. The burn started off with a bit of waviness but finished on a ‘straight note.’ The ash was pretty firm and fell in 3/4″ chunks.

Oliva Master Blends 2 robusto was an enjoyable experience. Folks will agree that generally, sequels are never as successful as the original. Well, perhaps Godfather 2 might be one of those exceptions. Oliva Master Blends 2 was good but not as good as Oliva Master Blends 1 but then not a lot of cigars, in my personal opinion, are in the Oliva Master Blends 1 category. My taste buds preference order: Oliva Master Blends 1, 2, 3, as released. I hope that Oliva Master Blends 4 will break that chain. As of today, no updates on Oliva Master Blends 4 except – “in development.”
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:18 AM   #2
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yet to smoke one yet!!

But if it's as good as MB1 and 3....It's a top notch smoke!
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:12 AM   #3
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Thanks for sharing Jay.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:47 PM   #4
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Hey, save that label..
Nice pics..
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:31 AM   #5
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Greats pics. Thanks for sharing
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:32 AM   #6
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I've never seen them. Not sure if my place carries them or not. But then from the looks of it, it's not in my 5-8 dollar price range, so I may have overlooked them.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:22 AM   #7
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I've never seen them. Not sure if my place carries them or not. But then from the looks of it, it's not in my 5-8 dollar price range, so I may have overlooked them.
the MB 2 hasn't been out since what 03 04? I know the MB3 came out in 06....and I have heard from the grape vine a MB4 is coming soon.....

Hudd you should pick up some MB3's right now while they are still pretty available...They are DAMN FINE SMOKES!
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:19 AM   #8
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so what price range does the MB3 fall into?
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:56 PM   #9
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so what price range does the MB3 fall into?
At my B&M they run around $12 a stick....But I was able to get a 10 pack onlien from HOLT on special for $30 plus shipping.

Here they are at CI
http://www.cigarsinternational.com/p...er%20Blend%203
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:23 PM   #10
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yet to smoke one yet!!

But if it's as good as MB1 and 3....It's a top notch smoke!
Me either, i've never had the MB1 so you got me there
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Me either, i've never had the MB1 so you got me there
Ohh the MB1 was WOW!!! FANTASTIC!



With some Glenlivet 18 after having lunch....Ian gifted it to me along with a Old Reb Label Oliva as well that I passed on in the most recent pass....Not sure who snagged it though....
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Ian gifted you some Glenlivet??? Nice!!!
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:13 PM   #13
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Ohh the MB1 was WOW!!! FANTASTIC!



With some Glenlivet 18 after having lunch....Ian gifted it to me along with a Old Reb Label Oliva as well that I passed on in the most recent pass....Not sure who snagged it though....
I imagine it was! I'll find one one day
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:25 PM   #14
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I have had a 1 and a 3, I loved them both, outstanding cigars, can't wait for the 4
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No Joe he gifted me the MB1
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Picked up an MB 3 over the weekend while in Columbus Ohio. Ended up being a little stronger than I care for, started getting a cigar buzz near the end of it. It's still a mighty good smoke none the less.
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Strong?
Maybe it was you. Most Oliva cigars lean more to the mild side with the exception being the V and the ST line.
It would be interesting to try another and see what you think.
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It was pretty mild at first but the last 1/3rd of it was putting the buzz on me.
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I have never gotten a buzz from the master blend limes....one of the original Cain F's about did me in once lol
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