Oliveros King Havano Claro – Monarch

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Origin : Nicaragua
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Source : gifted from Hank at Oliveros

Our cigar for today is the Oliveros King Havano Claro in the Monarch size. These cigars are Nicaraguan puros and feature an all ligero filler from three regions, Esteli, Condega, and Jalapa. They are available in five different sizes, Jester (4 x 60), Knight (6 1/2 x 54), Monarch (6 x 54), Squire (5 x 48), and a Black Knight (6 x 52) which is only available in a box-pressed maduro. There are also three wrapper choices for all but the above mentioned Black Knight. You can get these in a Habano Claro, Maduro Fuerte, and an Oscuro.


First thing that gets my attention on the Oliveros King Havano Claro is just how striking it looks. I think with the silky smooth wrapper and the colors on the band it really looks “regal” in appearance.

Taking my big ole whiff of the wrapper and foot I get mostly a clean barnyard scent with a sweet hay component.

After lighting I get mostly a natural tobacco with a bit of the sweet hay in the background.

First Third

Entering the first third of my Oliveros King Havano Claro monarch and so far it is around a low medium body with a nice smooth, creamy smoke.

As I near the end of the first third I am still getting a pretty smooth texture from the smoke which includes a little bit of spice along with the main leather taste.

I am also in the medium range right now and I expect it to climb due to the all ligero filler. Well, and the fact that I have smoked three others of these already.

Second Third

Zipping into the second third of my Oliveros King Havano Claro monarch and I have had a burn problem that needed correction on this one. I will note that I did not have this problem with the other ones I have smoked so I am chalking it up to this cigar and not the whole lot of them.

I have gotten into the full bodied part of the smoke but it is not a blast you on your ass full body experience but more along the lines of a smooth full body.

Taste is still pretty much the leather with a bit of sweetness that comes through every now and again. With that sweetness i have gotten a sweet grass, sweet hay and a sweet tobacco taste from it which makes it a nice change up every now and again.

I was very surprised that there was not any more spice to this cigar than just a little bit but it actually made it more enjoyable for me so far.

Final Third

Heading right on into the final third of my Oliveros King Havano Claro monarch and we are at the full bodied range.

Rounding out the final third, this cigar has gotten a little bit harsh but the other three I have smoked did not have that problem. I am getting a bit of heaviness on the back of my throat with this one.

Since I am getting a bit of a difference in this final third on this cigar from the others, I will give you both aspects. On the previous three I have smoked, the body was definitely in the full range while getting that charred meat taste from the ligero. On the one I am smoking now, it has just gotten harsh without much flavor at all other than a burning tobacco taste.

I believe this one is milder than the other three I have smoked also but the taste in the first two thirds was almost spot on from each one of the four.

On the previous three I nubbed all of them without getting any horrible taste or harshness out of them while this one, like I said above, has turned to the harsh side. I do not fault the whole box, just this cigar.


For the conclusion of my Oliveros King Havano Claro monarch I would say if you like a medium to full bodied cigar with the ligero filler, you will enjoy this smoke. I do not believe it will blow you out of your seat with constant flavor changes but it is a nice smooth full bodied cigar.

I could see keeping a 5 pack in my humidor for those occasions where i am in the mood for something full bodied that is not harsh but with my flavor profile of mild-medium, I could not smoke these daily.

I am interested in what you have to say about this stogie! Please let me a comment and tell me your experience.


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