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American magazine awards top score to Belgian cigar 

Zwevegem, 6 September

In its latest edition, renowned American cigar magazine Cigar Aficionado has named Oliva Serie V Lancero the best Lancero cigar. The Nicaraguan cigar brand has been around since 1886 and was acquired by West Flanders cigar manufacturer J. Cortès in 2016.  American magazine Cigar Aficionado isn’t just renowned for its interviews with famous cigar enthusiasts like Jack Nicholson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and even Fidel Castro, but also for its reviews of cigars from around the world. In the latest July/August 2019 edition of the magazine, the Oliva Serie V Lancero tops the list with a score of 94 out of a possible 100. 

Nicaraguan quality 

Cigar Aficionado praises the strong ligero filler tobacco from the Jalapa Valley and the premium wrapper of the Oliva Serie V Lancero. This elegant, slim cigar is also known for its full body and unrivalled smoothness, as well as notes of rich coffee and dark chocolate. The cigar has previously garnered praise from a number of experts, but this is the first time that it has topped such a prestigious list. 

Belgian expertise 

Oliva is one of Nicaragua’s largest and most reputable manufacturers of hand-rolled cigars. The company is 133 years old and was acquired by West Flanders cigar manufacturer J. Cortès in 2016. 

The lancero is a long and slender cigar (7 inches long with a ring gauge of 38), not often found in the ranges of many cigar makers. Because it is long and thin, it has to be made with half leaves. This means that creating a flavoursome blend while maintaining a good draw becomes a challenge. 

To us, it’s an unbelievable honour to watch our Oliva Serie V Lancero achieve a score of 94 in the latest edition of Cigar Aficionado”, says CEO Fred Vandermarliere. “After all, this cigar is one of the hardest to make. Achieving such a good score represents a well-deserved thumbs-up to our employees in Tabolisa Nicaragua, who passionately roll these cigars every day!” 

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ABOUT J. CORTÈS 

J. Cortès is a family run company with a passion for cigars. Cigars in all shapes and sizes. It’s a never-ending story of dedication and craftsmanship that started in 1926. Don’t smoke but enjoy! Our prime brands are J. Cortès, Country, Neos and Amigos. For the major European countries we have strong in-house sales teams; for other markets our brands are in the hands of our export managers and sold over 80 countries globally. In 2016 CEO Fredje fell in love with artisanal cigar company Oliva Cigars, based in the US and Nicaragua. A business marriage was set and it turned out to be the party of the year. The Cortès family business now spreads across two continents. 

Don’t smoke but enjoy! 

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About J. Cortès

J. Cortès is a family run company with a passion for cigars. Cigars in all shapes and sizes. It's a never-ending story of dedication and craftsmanship that started in 1926. Don't smoke but enjoy! Our prime brands are J. Cortes, Country, Neos and Amigos. For the major European countries we have strong in-house sales teams; for other markets our brands are in the hands of our export managers and sold over 80 countries globally. In 2016 CEO Fredje fell in love with artisanal cigar company Oliva Cigars, based in the US and Nicaragua. A business marriage was set and it turned out to be the party of the year. The Cortès family business now spreads across two continents.

Don't smoke but enjoy!