Bolivar Royal Coronas

Bolivar Royal Coronas

Origin : CubaBolivar
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Price : ~$12/piece
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A wonderful thick handmade Cuban, Bolivar Royal Corona is likely one of the higher quality Robustos. It comes as no great surprise that these were voted number one in the top twenty-five of 2006.

Appearance : ★★★★½
Very short and stout. Pleasing to the sight, almost comforting. The Bolivar Royal Corona looks very inviting. The sensation is one of peacefulness.

Bolivar Royal Coronas 
Construction : ★★★★½
Non-distracting construction withtight, yet smooth binding. It has an amazing draw, and a decent plume of smoke, not overly impressive, but at an acceptable level. The burn was truly flawless, all the way.

Bolivar Royal Coronas

Flavor : ★★★★½
The flavor begins very smooth, and begins to take on a nice hearty robustness. There is a very noticable and pleasurable earthy wood tinge to it. As the essence of this fine Bolivar begins to settle in, there is a considerable sense of the spice that has made it such a controversial choice. I, for one, think it to be a fine addition to the heartiness of the smoke.

Bolivar Royal Coronas

Value : ★★★★☆
An excellent investment, particularly for the fall and spring months. A very relaxing smoke, indeed.

Bolivar Royal Coronas

Overall Rating : ★★★★½
Truly a choice cigar. If you sit outside and smoke it on your porch, you can close your eyes and almost envision an earlier time, a better era. Excellent quality.

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22 Comments on “Bolivar Royal Coronas”

  1. One of my absolute favorites. It’s like a little vacation from the world. If I had to pick only one cigar to smoke, it would be a difficult choice, but it would probably come down to this one versus the Padron Anni 64. And the BRC would probably win.

  2. Scott Stansfield says:

    There are some pretty incredible fine cigars available, but the BRC is world class in my book! The draw was fantastic, the burn was flawless, and the flavor was absolutely incredible!

    Close your eyes and you can almost picture a warm Havana night and a bygone era of tranquil simplicity long since past!!

    There are cigars….. Then there’s this one!!

  3. I love a good cigar – and good glass of port to go with it.

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  4. Outstanding cigar. Can only be compared to a serie D if we’re talking about cigars that are always consistent and boast careful construction and extraordinary complex flavors.

  5. When I started smoking Cuban Cigars, I decided after much searching that a good 25 of these would be a divine experience! A few sharing aficionados freaked out, claiming these would be too strong for my virgin taste, but I could really appreciate the flavour build and they all went down a treat, if not just a touch too full flavoured for me at that point. A few years later, second only to the Vegas Robina, this has to be one of the finest best-value experiences in the size!

  6. I love these smokes, but i’m wondering if anyone else has been experiencing very tightly rolled batches? My new shipment arrived this week and 3 so far have been unsmokable. Anyone else having issues?? :(

  7. Smoked one yesterday and all i can say is that this is one of the best robustos I have ever smoked so far. The color of the wrapper is just beautiful, like a good cup of latté with a little more coffee than usual, just like I like it done. The burn was almost perfect, with a good ash. The smoke comes in velvety rolls that fill your mouth and make the room smell deliciously for hours. Starts out very sweet, smooth as silk, and builds up to a spicy, stronger taste thereafter, but never harsh or overpowering. i should have paired it with a scotch, but the little bottle of Wernesgrüner and the mixed nuts were surprisingly friendly. This, together with Ramon Allones Specially Selected and El Rey Del Mundo Choix Supreme, make up my holy trinity of cuban robustos so far (I’ve yet to experience so many, I know…).

  8. L’un des 23 cigares fumés à cuba durant la semaine du 31 octobre.Fabriqué en mai 2008.
    Prix:5.20 CUC
    Construction impeccable,tirage parfait,belles notes de torréfaction et de cuir.Aucune rudesse
    même au dernier tiers.Elégant et superbe.Rapport qualité-prix excellent.
    Le meilleur robusto avec Ramon Allones Specially
    Selected et Romeo y Julieta short Churchills

  9. I recently enjoyed one of these with a glass of rum…it really is a wonderful smoke.

  10. I was very surprised at the development of the RC when I first smoked it. I was expecting a powerhouse from start to finish, but the strength built gradually throughout the smoke. I also appreciated the wonderful development of flavours, from a creamy and nutty start through to a punchy (though not harsh) finish.

    A wonderful slow burning cigar which lasts a good while for a robusto. Definitely one to try!

  11. Bolivar-Royal Corona
    Nov. 15, 2010
    purch. from $7.96ea. (box price)
    Draw: slight resistant (ok). Aroma: distinctively rich (in the Cuban way) i.e. no singularly outstanding characters but a homogenous flavor. Some sense of sweetness. This cigar was part of a 5 variety sampler from C-C that also contained a Bolivar-Belicosos Finos. Although both are presumably similar tobaccos (is this correct?) the Royal strikes me as a fully smoke. Perhaps just the larger ring creates this flavor? Excellent to my taste. Would any one care to comment on the basic difference between a Habano and non-Habano? My thought is that Habanos’ are created with the flavor coming predominantly from the filler/binder and non-Habanos’ are predominantly from the wrapper.

    Albert C.

  12. Finally had 1 of these yesterday. Taste was great but had a bunch of burn issues (wish I knew the box code).

  13. Obtained a box marked POL: SEP10 recently. Being new to the world of habanos, I didn’t know what to expect, but had certan hopes, one of them being that the RC would be “strong.” It most assuredly is, even as young as it is.

    Simply put, this cigar is everything I always thought Cuban cigar-smoking should be like, especially considering my experiences with lighter, less complex smokes from the DR, Honduras and Nicaragua.

    The draw was magnificent and easy, but didn’t cause an immolation situation. Flavors bounced from pepper to honey, and those flavors really made themselves manifest. It went perfectly with a Jacques Cardin VSOP cognac. The flavors of the cigar and the manifest grapes of the cognac seemed almost to communicate with one another on my palatte.

    The burn wasn’t razor-sharp, but neither did it run in uneven rips. Ash was solid and dense, falling over the ashtray without so much as a tap when it hit about the 1.75 inch length.

    Now, the challenge: leaving them alone and smoking some other, less expensive sticks while these babies grow up.

  14. phathungarian says:

    Aficionado rated it as the best robusto of 2010 and there are plenty of competition. It is a true delight. You will remember this one for sure.

  15. Started not as strong as expected and a bit flat flavorwise, got stronger in the 2nd third and started to develop a good deal of earthiness and pepper, the last third had a very strong punch and was very spicy, difficult to describe the flavor but its not coffee-ish like ive read somewhere. in the end a good, strong cigar, one of the better robustos out there but it didnt blow my mind.

  16. Bolivar is my #1 CC. While I haven’t had that many, I have tried pretty much all the ‘biggies’, and Boli is definitely numero uno!

  17. My Review

    Bolivars are on my top 3 cuban cigars list. The Belicoso Fino, is one of my favorite Cuban cigars of all time. I love the vitola, I love the flavor and the way it feels in my hand. Being a fan of robustos and Bolivar, it’s only right I share with you my thoughts on the Bolivar Royal Corona 10. Let’s get busy! (not like that nasty boy).

    The Bolivar RC looks great. It has the gorgeous Bolivar band with a gold-ish color to pair nicely with the smooth, but little veiny Cuban wrapper. It’s a robusto, so it’s short in length, but a little chunky with a 50 ring gauge. A classic robusto vitola and a very popular one as well.

    There’s a nice soft pepper smell on the wrapper and on the foot. I also found a little bit of a sweet aroma, just holding it close to the nose. You can tell by looking at the cigar and by running your fingers through the cigar, that it was rolled nicely and very carefully. It’s not heavy at all, feels a little light in the hand, which from experience I’m expecting a fast burning cigar.

    Right from the first puff’s you get a lot of floral and almond flavors with a cedary finish. It’s a very good flavor profile from the beginning to the halfway point and it then beings to change a little. I noticed a lot of earthy-sweetness with the same long finish of cedar, but i was missing the floral and almonds. But then they come back to surprise me when reaching towards the band!

    Perhaps the best part of the cigar is the last third. A lot of sweet-ness and aftertaste of nuts, floral, earth and maybe a touch of vanilla here and there. It was basically the flavors you were getting in the start, mixed with the sweet-ness of the second/third. On top of that, you never get a bitter taste and you never get any kind of harshness, it just remains fresh and cool on your palate. Just a perfect balance of flavors all through out the cigar.

    Quality. Perfect burn through out the whole cigar with no touch ups. The ash held up really nicely and it had just the right pull on the draw. Seriously, this is one of the best well made Cuban cigars money can buy. Every penny spent on this cigar is well worth it. And time after time, it delivers.

  18. Based on the review and the comments, I ordered myself some of these babies today from CT. Cant wait to get them!! My only hope is that I get some that have some age to them, as the last few boxes I’ve received came with relatively newer box dates. I don’t wanna have to wait long to smoke these…my mouth is watering already!! Bring on the Boli!

  19. Smoked my first BRC a couple days ago,purchased thru CT, and i gotta say it was an instant favorite! So rich in flavor w/ a perfect burn. Construction was spot on too. These will remain a must have for my humidor!

  20. Aldo Mombello says:

    I have smoked a Bolivar Royal Corona yesterday evening. Great cigar. In the category of robustos it is in my opinion at the same level of Partagas and Ramon Allones. I think that a robusto could be “robusto” and this cigar is strong but not too hard, with a variability of taste notes unsupectable for this vitola and with a decise flavour first of all of cuban tobacco and little bit pepper, spicy and in the same time fruit notes all that from the lighting to the end but with a constant increase of strengt. In my opinion this is a cigar for aficionados that love to have a decise cigar to smoke in their hands.

  21. Easily one of my top 5 cigars of all time. The combination of reasonable price, excellent flavors and good consistency makes this an excellent cigar that can be smoked with some frequency.

    The newer Bolivars are being rolled slightly less tight than traditional, and I’m told that they are humidifying the leaf slightly more in the rolling process. This means that the cigars have a more consistent draw, and the ash is slightly spongy but firm.

    The flavor profile for the Bolivar Royal Corona is more complex than some, without being overwhelming. You will notice subtle hints of cedar, roasted nuts, vanilla and leather. As you smoke through the cigar the leather notes will grow stronger while picking up some spice, the other flavors will become more subtle as the cigar is smoked.

    I highly recommend having some of these in your humidor.

  22. Andres Castro says:

    Just smoked one. The draw was tight but I carefully and gingerly chewed on the nub and it loosened up to where it was workable. I had to “fix” the draw a few more times but that was the only issue. Complex flavors and an awesome finish that made up for the tight draw. I burnt my lips on this one!!!

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