A Savinelli and Oliva co-op.
With a reputation for crafting top-notch pipes, it seemed only natural that Savinelli would dip their toe into the world of premium handmade cigars. In 1994, Savinelli began to team up with some of the best manufacturers in the industry to deliver highly sought after, highly rated cigars. Case in point: the 92-rated Special Selection 2005 made by Oliva.
Dressed in a seamless Ecuador Habano wrapper, and chock full of vintage Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long-filllers, each 2005 is primed for slow-burning bliss. Cool, billowy smoke coats the palate as notes of leather, wood, caramel, coffee, spice and a distinct cherry-esque note all enter the fray. This complex bouquet is further complemented by a long lip-smacking finish. Medium to full in body, each 2005 is a treat that should be savored, slowly.
In addition to being named the 24th Cigar of the Year in 2008 by Cigar Aficionado, Special Selection 2005 Received a 92-point rating, noting, ""A torpedo with a deep brown wrapper. The first puffs are leathery and woody before some caramel and coffee flavors settle in. The long, spicy finish has a cherry note."