Oliva Cigar Company's history in the world of premium tobacco dates back to 1886 in the famed Pinar del Río region of Cuba. Melanio Oliva was the first in the Oliva family to grow tobacco; and his son Facundo followed in his footsteps. The family's passion for tobacco was passed down generation after generation, but when Gilberto Oliva (Melanio's grandson) took the reins, the Cuban Revolution had begun and he was forced to look elsewhere for tobacco. After brokering tobacco for years, Gilberto had his own cigar crafted in Nicaragua in 1995. The next year, he and his sons opened their own factory and began rolling cigars entirely from Nicaraguan leaf. In the years following, admiration for Nicaraguan tobaccos exploded, and the Olivas are now among the world's most acclaimed producers of premium cigars.
The company officially debuted Gilberto Oliva Reserva Blanc in mid-2017, a special blend that would later be known as the last cigar introduced before Gilberto Oliva Sr.—the cigar's namesake—passed away in late 2017.
Gilberto Oliva Reserva Blanc uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over an Ecuadorian binder and Niaraguan fillers. This light and easy-going blend provides the perfect counterbalance to its sister cigar, Gilberto Oliva Reserva, which is a much spicier blend. Where the standard Reserva cigar is punchy and fiery, the Reserva Blanc showcases silky smooth qualities of table cream, green tea, honey, and buttery crackers. This is a mild/medium-bodied blend that is a perfect choice for morning to early afternoon smoking sessions.