Bolivar Petit Belicoso 2009 Limited Edition

Bolivar Petit Belicoso 2009 Limited Edition

Origin : CubaBolivar
Format : Petit Belicoso
Size : 124 x 21 mm (4.9 x 52)
Ring : 52
Price : ~$11-13

Bolivar Petit Belicoso is the last 2009 limited release from Habanos SA that we are reviewing at This is the very first edicion limitada from Bolivar. 4.9 inches long, with a 52 ring gauge, this mini-belicoso is an obvious attempt to follow the success of petit vitolas. As usual for limited editions, the tobacco for this cigar has been aged for at least 2 years.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★☆
The wrapper, dark chocolate, has traces of glue and some heavy veining for a Cuban cigar. Salty on the lips, it has a distinct taste of black pepper. The pre-draw is open and very spicy.

Bolivar Petit Belicoso 2009 Limited Edition

Construction : Rating: ★★★½☆
I was totally satisfied by the draw and the amount of smoke this cigar produced. However, I have some complaints regarding the burn – not only I often needed to correct it (the wrapper is in fact very thick, I think the issues were due to this), but also at the half-point I struggled to keep the cigar lit.

Bolivar Petit Belicoso 2009 Limited Edition

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★☆
The first third is a mix of powerful woody and spicy flavors. The complexity is moderate. There is also some maduro sweetness in the bouquet. The smoke, heavy, is a little dry. Petit Belicoso becomes earthier and earthier; soft chocolate notes are added to the mix in the second third – this is where I experienced burn problems. I know very well that most Bolivar cigars are rather powerful and I thought I was prepared for it. However, the last third came as a complete surprise. Absolutely full-bodied, earthy and woody with spice in the background, it made my head spinning. Wow!

Value : Rating: ★★★½☆
With its obvious ageing potential, this is a nice buy if you like typical Bolivar flavors and power.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★☆
As other two 2009 limited editions, the Bolivar Petit Belicoso deserves a place in the Habanos SA offering (and in our humidors, probably). What I like about this year’s releases is that the three cigars are very different – the complex and balanced Magnum 48, the linear yet enjoyable Duke and the uncontrollable and wild Petit Belicoso. Whereas the first two are ready to be smoked right now, I would wait at least 1 year before visiting this Bolivar again.

9 Comments on “Bolivar Petit Belicoso 2009 Limited Edition”

  1. Nice review as usual.
    That is a very rustic looking cigar right there. Especially on the cap.

  2. Earth. Chocolate. Nice band. Mm…

  3. Very cool. What a great vitola!

  4. Nice cigar, nice pictures and nice review!

  5. Thanks for the info Inspector. Was thinking about smoking one of these with three months on it, sounds like its a bit too strong yet for me. Will let them rest a while longer ;-)

  6. John Werner says:

    I experienced my first Cuban Bolivar, the Petit Belicoso. Inspector’s review really hits it square on the head except I experienced a wonderful burn lasting nearly an hour and a half! I really must say the aging of these tobaccos are superb. The wrapper not only looked great with a bit of oily sheen, but tasted like really nice dry cedar and delicious dark chocolate. The cigar does have a kick which is apparent in the last third where the spice really bursts out. This is a very nice selection for after dinner and I paired it with Crown Royal Cask 16 and water for a bit of a nice contrast (a relaxed smooth citrusy sweetness). Highly recommended, I could get use to having these in the arsenal!

  7. Fredrik Farhadian says:

    Bolivars never disappoint me. This one is powerful and fullbodied like the rest of them.

  8. Bought this box 2012. I´v got 15 left now and they get better and better by time in humidore. Now I find them milder, a lot of smoke, earth,coffee, dark chocolate. Just a bit uneven burn but no problem. I smoked it in to the nub. Not mild and creamy as Bolivar Libertador LCDH, it´s more like EL Asia from 2008. They are still to find out there on some webb dealers. For daly smoke short Bolivar is to recomend, small but a strong/heavy and full of taste.

  9. Just had anothet BOLIVAR EL 2009. 5 Month agosns last one. Must say OUTSTANDING smoke. As the bolivar fan I am and got many Bolivars, this is ”a must have” for a fan. buy a box when you still can find them. This stick have every thing. I give this one 96.

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