There is now a maduro version of the Oliva Master Blends 3 line, and it is available exclusively at Atlantic Cigar Co.

This new line extension uses a Ecuadorian habano maduro wrapper instead of the Connecticut broadleaf leaf used on the original line, while the Nicaraguan binder and filler are both the same as the original Master Blends 3. It is being released in three sizes, and is slated to be a yearly release. This year’s batch is limited to 1,500 bundles of 20 cigars for each of the three sizes:

  • Oliva Master Blends 3 Maduro Double Robusto (5 x 54) — $6.50 (Bundle of 20, $79.95)
  • Oliva Master Blends 3 Maduro Churchill (7 x 50) — $6.50 (Bundle of 20, $79.95)
  • Oliva Master Blends 3 Maduro Double Toro (6 x 60) — $6.75 (Bundle of 20, $89.95)

The Master Blends 3 debuted in 2006 as a follow-up to the first Oliva Master Blends release, which came out in 2003, and the Master Blends 2, which came out in 2005. The first Master Blends was notable for its goal of making a cigar rooted in extravagance and ornateness particularly when looking at the packaging. The Master Blends series was intended to be the flagship line in the Oliva portfolio, though found itself having to share the spotlight with the Oliva Serie V line in 2007, which went onto get a number of line extensions while the Master Blends 3 line has been largely dormant in terms of new sizes or other additions.

Image courtesy of Atlantic Cigar Co.

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