Latitude Zero | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Grade R13E 2011 (Angel’s Cut)
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan Esteli 2010
Size: 5 x 52 “Robusto”
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $5.00



Today we look at the Latitude Zero.

The name of the cigar comes from the area where Oliva Tobacco grows its finest tobacco.

The cigar comes in 5 sizes that range from $5-$7.50 a stick by the box.

In order to view the wrapper, and smoke the cigar, I remove the giant billboard secondary cigar band. It is very clever art work showing Latitude zero in relationship to North and South America on what looks to be an old map.

This is a nice looking stick. The wrapper is a mottled, oily coffee bean color. Invisible seams. Very few veins. A heavy stick jam packed with tobacco. No soft spots.

The cap is so impeccably placed that I cannot tell how many caps are there. Looks like just one. And then I look again, and it looks like three. I have no idea.

I smoked one Latitude Zero prior to this review. I found it to be a superb cigar just oozing with quality. I did, although, have some minor burn issues. There seems to be a bit of typical Oliva old school blending at hand. But as I smoked the cigar in the middle of the day after four cigars, I really didn’t get the true blender’s intent.

I allowed the cigar to rest outside of my humidor over night to make sure it had no excess moisture.
The main cigar band is made to look like a chronograph and compass. There is no mention of Oliva. And once I was able to remove the billboard sized secondary band, I discover that there is a slit running horizontally along the band highlighting Latitude zero on the map behind it. Very clever.

I clip the cap and find aromas of sweet caramel, spice, apple, and bits of cocoa, cedar, and leather.
Time to light up.

The aroma from toasting the foot is full of nuts and redolent of fresh apple.

The first puffs are sweet and sticky. There is an instant acknowledgement of this being fine tobacco. No kidding.

Nuttiness shows itself. The draw is perfect and then black pepper begins to rise from the ashes like the Phoenix itself. An oakiness accompanies the other flavors.

I had intended to review this cigar Sunday morning but things happened as outline below. So it got a couple extra days to rest.

At the moment, the tobacco is the star of this production. It is meaty and rich.

The char line is behaving itself much better than the first one six days ago.

Creaminess shows up early at the 1” burn point. Here are the flavors: Earthiness, meaty, spice, nuts, creaminess, oak, and sweetness.

I’ve only had this cigar for a month and it just dawned on me that it is an Oliva cigar which still abides by the old school rules and regs; meaning that months of humidor time is usually called for. We shall see. The first cigar was delicious but now it’s about consistency.

The sweetness becomes luscious caramel. And the apple flavor which was so minimal at the start wasn’t worth mentioning and is now working in tandem with the caramel.

The apple flavor continues to develop until its distinctness turns into a Granny Smith.

I can’t understate how delicious the tobacco is. I don’t care if it has a kitchen sink of other flavors or not. The tobacco alone is enough.

The second third begins and flavors begin to show off. It is a very uniform flavor profile. Each flavor is easily picked out. The flavors have not changed since earlier described; but rather, pop with their individuality.

The construction of this cigar is evident in all the ways that impress me. The char line is near dead nuts. The cap is behaving admirably. And the stick feels very comfortable in the hand with just the right weight.

The smoke output is wonderful as it fills the room. It is one of those rare cigars that emits wonderful aromas as it burns down. Even my wife asks me what I’m smoking…and she doesn’t care for the smell of cigars. To her, it all smells like donkey shit.

Barely half an inch into the second third, the flavors explode all over my face giving me a pearl necklace.
And here they are: Earthiness, creaminess, sweetness, caramel, nuts, spice, apple, oak, cedar, and leather.
While these flavors are really nice, it is the tobacco that continues to shine.

It is hard to believe that this stick’s price point is only in the $5.00 range. The use of that 1% tobacco for the Latitude Zero cigar makes it a high premium. So, $5 is a real deal.

Strangely, the spiciness has moved to the back of the pack. I’m guessing this is an old school blend and is meant to receive months and months of humidor time which will bring out the pepper in a much more significant manner early in the cigar.

The caramel, creaminess, and sweetness are a real treat. Even though the binder and filler are Nicaraguan, the fancy Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is providing most of the flavor.

I hit the halfway point and the Latitude Zero is pumping out delicious flavors.

I must be honest, I bid on this cigar because of a gut feeling. I found no information about the cigar online and just went with it. I’m glad I did. I’d like to have a 5 pack or a box.

Cbid has two boxes and 10 singles currently up for auction. The single is going for $2 with two days to go. This is the perfect cigar to put away for a few months and just forget about. The price is right.

The Latitude Zero is an excellent cigar and worth your time and money.

The last third begins and I’m happy as a clam. And we all know how happy clams are.

The spiciness has totally dissipated.

I’ve been remiss by not talking about the strength. It starts out at classic medium body. But by the halfway point, it moves up to medium/full.

I begin to feel the impact of nicotine on the horizon. Crash helmet time.

The entire flavor profile has revolved around the rich earthiness. The rest of the flavor profile is ancillary.

The five sizes run from $5.00-$7.50 by the box. And according to CI, Oliva is the originator of the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.

The cigar finishes out perfectly balanced and smooth. The nicotine never rises above minimal. Perfect cigar for a newbie that is tired of smoking Macanudos.

With a little over an inch to go, the pepper returns in force. It now dominates the flavor profile. Right behind it, is the sweetness of the tobacco. The rich earthiness continues to be the big shot.
Latitude Zero…get some if you can.
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11 replies

  1. Damn…Nasty business…Just had a friend go through something similar except the MRSA was on his neck and face…4 months and several hospitalizations later including 2 surgeries, he’s doing very well and is healed…One day at a time and you will be good as new…My understanding is that Cigar smoke preserves and encapsulates the immune system making death virtually impossible…Suffering however is another matter entirely…Feel better soon my friend !

  2. Thanks Wally and Patrick for your support.

  3. WTH! Did you piss off the Muffin,somehow? Sending healing thoughts your way,air express. Maybe Wally is onto something. In lieu of any payment above and beyond Medicare,you can offer yourself for research on how chain smoking premium sticks can accelerate the healing process. Well, at least on the psychological side. Sorry,had to chuckle at the dog and packing. Our goofball hound would have been chomping on it like a dog treat. He’s into the bodily fluids thing.
    I’ll have to keep an eye out for this stick. Any of the lower priced Oliva I’ve tried in the past have been boring,one trick pony dreck.
    Get better soon and don’t feel bad if you need to set aside your review work to concentrate on healing. That is FAR more important!

  4. Charlotte is on her way home from work. Taking me to the hospital. Drat!

  5. Hang in there, man. You have become a part of my day, and I’m sure many others feel the same. We need your wit.

  6. Think you may have indeed pissed off the Cosmic Muffin. With your mind creating lines like, “the flavors explode all over my face giving me a pearl necklace”, even the Muffin may have blushed. Your ashes over Cuba, aye? I got some frequent flyer miles, but in this case hope I won’t have to use it. Live long and prosper, my friend.

  7. Nasty stuff! Here’s hoping Cuba can wait a decade or three for the next bumper crop. No point wasting your ashes until the embargo’s lifted.

  8. Once again, I must thank my good friends for their support and compassion. I am very lucky to have the greatest followers of any review blog. If I were a rich man, I’d gather you all up and take you to some far off place and spend a couple days together smoking and laughing. You’re a great bunch of fellas. I am blessed.

  9. Hey folks, as of 7/30/14, CI has a 10 pack for $35 on Daily Joe! 🙂

  10. It’s kinda confusing, but Oliva Cigar Company & Oliva Tobacco company are two very different entities/companies. This cigar is not made or manufactured for/by Oliva Cigar Co. (although they grow & use quite a bit of their own tobacco in the cigars they produce like Serie O/G/V, etc.). However, this cigar is Oliva Tobacco Company’s first & only entry into marketplace as far as I know. Oliva Tobacco Co. sells their leaf (mostly high end wrapper leaf grown in Ecuador) to many high end manufacturers like Arturo Fuente, DPG, Drew Estate, etc. & also giants General & Altadis. Hope that clears up some confusion. This cigar can be had in the $50-$60/box range on cbid too. Nice review, btw.

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