The Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro line will be getting a new, familiar size next in the coming weeks, the 6 1/2 x 52 double tapered and box pressed Figurado.

The company made the announcement today via Cigar Aficionado, saying that the cigars are currently being packaged at the Tabolisa 1 factory in Estelí, Nicaragua and will be heading to the U.S. in the near future. A timetable for when they will arrive on retail shelves was not given, unfortunately.

It also remains to be determined how many will be produced. The first batch will be 7,000 boxes of 10 cigars, a total run of 70,000 cigars, but the company has not committed to whether or not more will be produced after that initial run. Pricing has also not yet been announced.

The Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro line debuted in 2013 as a follow up to the Oliva Serie V Melanio line released the year prior. That line gets its name from Melanio Oliva, the patriarch of the Oliva family who first grew tobacco in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba in 1886 and who helped the Oliva family find suitable ground in Nicaragua for growing tobacco.

The Figurado becomes the fourth size to be released in the Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro line, and the first since April 2014 when the Churchill and Robusto vitolas were released:

  • Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Churchill (7 x 50)
  • Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Robusto (5 x 52)
  • Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Torpedo (6 1/2 x 52)
  • Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado (6 1/2 x 52)

The blend features a Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler, a modification of the Serie V Melanio line, which uses an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper over the same binder and filler.

Photo courtesy of Oliva Cigar Co.

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