IPCPR 2017: Oliva

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In the bottom right hand corner of the show lies the Oliva booth, something that has been virtually the same since I started coming to the show at the IPCPR 2010 Convention & Trade Show.

The booth itself features a large x-shaped structure in the middle with small rooms that seem, more often than not, to be used for storage, and some product display. The front half of the booth is Oliva branded, while the back half has white carpeting and fixtures, and is STUDIO TOBAC-themed. Both feature an array of couches and tables where meetings are conducted.Gilberto Reserva

Oliva’s main focus was on Gilberto Reserva and Reserva Blanc, a new line that has been in the works for years. It’s very competitively priced and made the list of cigars we wanted to try at the show first thanks to yours truly. Unfortunately, Oliva’s samples were delayed, so it’s going to be a little while longer before I get to try the company’s first new line since 2012.

  • Wrapper: Indonesian Sumatra
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Oliva Gilberto Reserva Robusto (5 x 50) — $5.80 (Boxes of 20, $116)
  • Oliva Gilberto Reserva Toro (6 x 50) — $6.10 (Boxes of 20, $122)
  • Oliva Gilberto Reserva Torpedo (6 x 52) — $6.40 (Boxes of 20, $128)
  • Oliva Gilberto Reserva Churchill (7 x 50) — $6.40 (Boxes of 20, $128)
  • Oliva Gilberto Reserva Corona (5 3/4 x 43) — $5.25 (Boxes of 20, $105)

Launch Date: June 2017Gilberto Reserva Blanc

The Connecticut is what I imagine this will be referred to as. I’m really curious to see how this cigar compares to Oliva Connecticut Reserve given the pricing.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Oliva Gilberto Reserva Blanc Robusto (5 x 50) — $6.30 (Boxes of 20, $126)
  • Oliva Gilberto Reserva Blanc Toro (6 x 50) — $6.60 (Boxes of 20, $132)
  • Oliva Gilberto Reserva Blanc Torpedo (6 x 52) — $6.90 (Boxes of 20, $138)
  • Oliva Gilberto Reserva Blanc Churchill (7 x 50) — $6.90 (Boxes of 20, $138)
  • Oliva Gilberto Reserva Blanc Corona (5 3/4 x 43) — $5.75 (Boxes of 20, $115)

Launch Date: August 2017

Neos

Oliva has also taken over distribution of Neos, a brand of cigarillos from J. Cortès. The brand was previously sold in the U.S. by J.C. Newman.

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Charlie Minato
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I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.

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