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I too ran into a issue with the packaging of these cigars. 6 of the cigars were a complete dissaster, broken with tobacco all over the shipping box. The Cigar box was unhinged, cigars were everywhere. CI came through and got me a new shipment, unfortunetely the second box was even worse. The customer service rep let me pick out 25 cigars from both boxes that were in decent shape to keep and I RMA'd the rest. If the packaging was better this would be one of the best deals on CI. When I finally was able to smoke one of these bad boys it was delicious, I don't have time for a 45 minute smoke most days so this is a great after work smoke. The customer service reps were awesome and took care of me, I just wish the boxes were wrapped in a packaging plastic to keep the cigar box closed and keep the cigars in one piece.
Let me first say that I am not an expert in cigar construction or blending, I'm just an average consumer who has some experiance with quality tobacco products. This Oliva cigar that I purchased in the "senoritas" size has been problematic for me. Fisrt, upon opening the box the musty smell reminded me of the oder of a flood damaged basement. The moldy oder was a shock. The unlit draw really made the impression that this tobacco had either been wet or wet rolled, or had been stored in a facility with mold. Musty--not in a pleasent way. The draw was restricted and after several attempts to light the cigar, it barely stayed lit during the attempt to draw some air through it. The roll does not feel tight, but the mushy-musty tobacco just doesn't stay lit and no air passes. OK--so this is obviously not of the quality that Oliva has with other products it makes. What happened here? I think I got a bad batch of skunked leaf. I would therefore suggest you purchase some other Oliva product---this one smells funny and doesn't draw.
I have only been smoking cigars for a little over 3 years, so by no means do I consider myself knowledgeable. But I know what I like. I personally am limited by budget. 1-3 dollar cigars are my budget. After 3 years I can honestly say I have finally found my everyday cigar! For my taste excellent flavor, draw, firmness, even burn and stays cool down to my finger tips. I just ordered another box.
A very nice every-day cigar, draws easy, nice flavor - BUT - the box they are packaged in is about 1/4" too long for the cigars and they rattle around during shipping. Consequently, the ends get damaged, especially the "pre-cut" draw end. I'll wait a few months before I buy another box to see if this packaging problem gets fixed.