Origin : Cuba
Format : Torpedo (Campana)
Size : 140 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 12.45 g
Box code : TEB ABR 08
Price : ~$11/piece
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Bolivar Belicosos Finos is the second most popular cigar from the brand, behind the Royal Coronas (just my opinion, I've got no stats to back that up). A classic torpedo, this cigar is known for packing quite a full-bodied mix of flavors with considerable power. It's time to find out whether the rumours are true (well, to be honest with you I'm quite familiar with this vitola and have been so for a long time, but in this review we will be 'discovering' it together).
This cigar has a shiny brown (almost chocolatey) wrapper with some obvious oiliness. The cigar seems to be regularly packed and has a pure tobacco smell. The band is well-detailed and easily removed, without traces of glue. After a thorough inspection, I was able to find a couple of water spots.
Box-pressed, the Belicosos Finos provides a reliable construction. The draw is usually comfortable and the burn, pretty slow, rarely requires correction.
The pre-draw, herbaceous and dusty, does not deserve a special mention. However, as soon as I light the cigar, there is a very nice spice hit that is quickly replaced by a mix of woody and roasted animal notes. The spice does not completely disappear, however, and will be present throughout the smoke. The second third is what I prefer in this cigar as the smoke is thick and creamy with flavors of hazelnut and latte. The last third tells me that this is a '08 stick - the power escalades and might turn one off. However, if smoked slowly, this obus can be nubbed.
The Belicosos Finos is not priced outrageously and is well within the range of other Cuban torpedos.
Overall Rating :
Overall, a very nice figurado which could very well benefit from additional 2-5 years of aging. I have smoked sticks from 2003 which were extremely tasty.
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