Origin : Cuba
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 142 x 18 mm (5.6 x 46)
Ring : 46
Introduced in : 2010
Price : $20+ each
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Bolivar is one of the most prominent brands for Cuban cigars. The Bolivar 108 Regional Edition Spain (2010) is not the best known release from this brand, but that is because its release was extremely limited and exclusive. These came out in 2010, and were targeted to the Spanish market. 108 in the name refers to 108 years, a celebration of Bolivar’s anniversary. Only 4,000 were made in total, sold in boxes of 10. These cigars seem to receive almost universal acclaim, and my own experience with the Bolivar 108 has been just as excellent.
The wrapper of the Bolivar 108 Edicion Regional Espana is medium brown, and has a texture which is smooth with plenty of oil. You can scarcely see any veins on the surface, and those you do see are incredibly fine. Just judging from the appearance, the construction is flawless.
The burn and draw on this cigar easily live up to even the highest expectations. After lighting up, the draw opens up nicely, not too tight, not too loose, and the burn is just about perfect.
The flavors in the Bolivar 108 are incredibly rich and complex, and the taste is very smooth. The most prominent notes include tobacco and nuts against a backdrop of wood and earth, interspersed with apricot, cherries, and other fruity flavors. Bold flavor is something I typically associate with Bolivar, and this cigar is no exception. The last third still tastes a little "green", and I found it quite surprising after all those years of ageing. Because of this, I can't give it a 5/5... yet.
Overall Rating : (4.25)
This is truly an outstanding stogie, one of the best I think I have smoked in quite some time now. I hope it will be perfect in a few years, all I need is some patience - I've got 7 of these left.