This preview will be posting about the time I will be getting to the airport to head to Chattanooga by way of Atlanta for the Chattanooga Tweetup 2012!
I hadn't heard much about this cigar, other than it was going to be released, prior to getting a couple at the show. From what I've been able to find this cigar is not a Nicaraguan puro like the regular V, but instead has a tweaked binder and filler blend with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. The name of this release pays homage to the great grandfather of Gilberto Oliva. All of the 5 sizes it will be originally released in are box pressed. The prices range from around $8-$14, with this robusto has a MSRP of $9.50. From what I understand this will be limited production cigar so they will only produce so many per year, but you should be able to get it on a semi regular basis.
The wrapper on this sample was lighter in color and more golden in color than the regular V. It was fairly smooth except for a large amount of tooth, which had been flattened a bit by the very well done box press. From the wrapper I got notes of sweet hay with an intense barnyard from the foot. After clipping it and taking a cold draw on it I got notes of cocoa powder with some sweetness on the lips.
The cigar started off with an intense wasabi like spice. It seemed to be a bit spicier than I remember from a regular V. The flavors at the be beginning were of leather, cola, spice all with a sweet finish. The draw started off great. The burn not so much, but I honestly think it was my fault due to a bad light. It starts off in the upper end of medium range.
The second third started off with the spice toning down with flavors of leather, earth, wood, and cinnamon with a pretty heavy sweetness coming through. The amount of sweetness I was getting from this cigar was a lot more than I remember getting from the regular V. It has been a little bit since I had one so I can't be too sure.
As I got into the final third the strength and spice did start to build. I did get a slight amount of nicotine hit as well. The flavors didn't change at all, except that they did get more intense. I would say that this cigar finished at the bottom end of full.
Overall I really enjoyed this cigar. I'm really looking forward to giving some of the other sizes a try once they come into the shop. If you like the regular V I would highly recommend giving this a try.