August 3, 2022
Bolivar is one of the oldest Cuban brands existing in our days, founded in the early XX century, named after the very popular South American revolutionist Simon Bolivar. Bolivar moved his production in the Partagas factory in the late 1950s after the brand was sold to Cifuentes y Cia company.
Appearance: Rating: ★★★★★
Perfect looking mild brown wrapper, full with oil pockets. Cigar itself doesn’t look very oily or dry. Band is in typical minimalistic Cuban style with the face portrait of Simon Bolivar.
Construction: Rating: ★★★★★
Perfect draw, not loose or plugged. Razor sharp line of burn. Ash is quite white for a Cuban cigar.
Flavour: Rating: ★★★★1/2
The cold draw is very creamy with hints of cinnamon
The cigar starts with a big surprise, huge amount of dry fruit flavours. Leather flavours can be tasted also. The retrohale is very barnyard flavoured. There is a nice long aftertaste of vanilla.
Middle part continues with the sweetness, but is not that fruity and more creamy, vanilla is very much here, the after taste is towards fresh baked bread, yeasty bread. There is pepper that appears on retrohale but is not harsh.
Last part continues the sweetness but this time more nutty sweetness, pepper is still here.
There is an interesting sour flavour and a little bit bitter in the very last part.
Value: Rating: ★★★★
The cigar is priced £18-19 in the UK, for the quality and the complexity of flavours I think is very reasonable.
Overall Rating: Rating: ★★★★1/2
Excellent Cuban cigar, perfect construction, flavours. For a non-aged Cuban cigar is just wow. I can only imagine what would happen if that cigar aged for 7-8 years. Box worthy cigar for sure.
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