Vindicator by Oliva, Robusto

Vindicator, by Oliva

Robusto, 5 x 50
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano


Review date 6/27/2012
Reviewer Doc (
Overall 89.7
Review # 0879
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BACKGROUND: Vindicator by Oliva cigars are an all-Nicaraguan blend of triple-fermented ligero and viso longfillers in Habano-seed binders and wrappers.

This is another of Oliva's value-priced cigars made for Famous-Smoke shop. These days many cigar smokers are looking for bargains in their cigars and the Vindicator and Inferno (see my Inferno review) weigh in at more than reasonable prices.

The Robusto is a common 5-inch by 50 ring size with a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper. The wrapper has a pungent barnyard aroma that got me salivating like one of Pavlov's dogs. It is a beautiful dark brown wrapper with a Rosado hue.

Vindicator Robusto

TASTING NOTES: This cigar comes out of the gate with oak wood and roasted meat flavors. There is something wild in the flavor profile; perhaps venison? The retrohale brings wine barrel and bourbon nuances and the finish is peppery and sports a nice tobacco sweetness.

My first sample had a draw that was just slightly north of idea, though nowhere near plugged. As a result, the cigar burned slightly off-kilter with a blistered burn line. The light-to-medium gray ash was firm and allowed me to tap off in nicely formed 1-inch chunks. The light ash and the dark wrapper made for a striking contrast.

The Vindicator Robusto weighs in at medium-full in body, flavor and strength.

Vindicator Robusto

Vindicator Robusto

FINAL THOUGHTS: This is a tasty smoke made by Oliva for Famous-Smoke. The price point makes this a no-brainer cigar to try and may even warrant a box purchase. At just $5.00 a stick for singles this is a good deal, but currently there is a great box price deal of just $59.99, which makes the per stick price just $2.99.

The Vindicator Robusto is a lip-smacking good cigar with consistently good construction and at a great price. I can recommend it highly to those who like fuller body and flavor smokes.



I have these cigar packages together in a cellophane cigar bag (left open to allow humidification) in my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor. The set-and-forget humidification system is set at 68%RH. The summertime temperatures range between 68–74°F.

This is the first in a series of reviews on the Vindicator, which have been resting in my humidor for 1 month prior to this review.


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