Who is one of the largest tobacco growers in the world for over 80 years? The original grower and creator of Habano Ecuador wrappers? The tobacco supplier for ultra-premium handmades like Davidoff, Ashton VSG, Fuente, Montecristo, and many more? The answer to this riddle is probably one you don’t yet know, but one you should, and one you soon will. The answer: Oliva Tobacco Company. At hand is an impressive new boutique brand, crafted only with the top 1% of all their tobaccos. These tobaccos were secured exclusively by one of Nicaragua's top factories, and Latitude Zero was born.
Latitude Zero takes its name from Ecuador, an homage to their supplier Oliva Tobacco Company’s major growing area and the origin of the gorgeous wrapper leaf gracing their new premium brand. A R13E grade (Angel’s Cut) Habano Ecuador wrapper from 2011 that’s easily the finest I’ve ever seen. Inside, a bold cocktail of vintage 2010, Nicaraguan long-fillers all from a farm in Esteli dubbed ‘The Jewel.’ This combination promotes a powerful, heady smoke that’s layered with complex nuances of nuts, pepper, oak, cream, and caramel. Elegant, extremely well-balanced, and brimming with flavor, Latitude Zero showcases the difference that truly premium tobacco makes.
“A nice cigar with an interesting combination of taste.”
EW of Virginia Beach, VA
“Just received my first box of torpedoes. After smoking several these new cigars over the course of the weekend, I'll say one thing, WOW! This cigar is well constructed and packed with all the characteristics and flavors of fine, well aged tobaccos. Great burn and consistency. This cigar may just be my next go to stick. Thanks CI.”
JD of TAMPA, FL
“Beautiful packaging, great draw, great taste! The freebie experimentals may be even better.”
DS of ROANOKE, VA
“I was smoking the ‘zero latitude’ last night and I thought this cigar is okay but this is not like any Oliva cigar that I have had, which is a brand I enjoy.
So I was curious. There is the “Oliva Cigar Company” which is apparently different from Oliva Tobacco Co. The family-owned Tabacalera Oliva Tabolisa, known in the United States as the “Oliva Cigar Co.”, traces its roots back to Melanio Oliva, who first began to produce tobacco in Pinar del Rio, Cuba in 1886. They make the cigars I like. The Oliva Tobacco Company is run by John E. Oliva, out of Tampa, FL. They are tobacco growers founded in Cuba during the 1920s. Not the same guys.”
CB of Murfreesboro, TN
“I like this cigar, it is well balanced. You get the same flavor from beginning to end with nice tones, particularly in the fine Nicaraguan tobaccos, spice and wood tones. It had a nice burn most of the time which show good aging of the tobaccos as well as the cigar after it was made. Professional construction, definitely not the overrated bundle cigars with fancy labels. The label was to big for me but the overall cigar was a great smoke. I will recommend it to my friends.”
“I smoked the robusto vitola last night. It was an enjoyable cigar. The wrapper is so incredibly silky that I couldn't stop fondling the cigar. I'm not a guy that can pick out each individual flavor that comes across my palate but I did catch some nice flavors throughout the stick. I would say that this is a mild-medium bodied cigar with a mild-medium flavor profile. There is some black pepper around the half way point but definitely not a pepper bomb. I can't say that I was blown away by this stick but I can see keeping some in the humi. It's well worth the price of a 5-pack. I bought the sampler and got one of the experimental sticks as well but have not smoked it yet.”
BD of Tomball, TX
“I was given one of these Latitude Zero cigars for my birthday and I must say that I was surprised at its quality. Many times, when you get a "gift" of a cigar that you don't recognize, it's not much, but this one is an exception. The nutty, creamy, caramel flavors were there, as advertised, the construction was dead on and the burn was perfect. The wrapper is a thing of beauty. For a cigar in its price range, it is remarkably good. I'm pretty sure that I'll get some for myself. Then, I'll be able to give a gift to someone that won't sit in their humidor for years on end.”