Bolivar Belicosos Finos Review



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Brand: Bolivar

Line: Belicosos Finos

Size: 5 ½” x 52 ring

Origin: Cuba

The Bolivar Belicoso Fino is an iconic cigar, synonymous with the cigar producing giant, Cuba, where it is heralded from. After spending some time in the north of Cuba this past year I had the opportunity to sample countless premium and lesser known brands from the country. One of the brands I fell in love with was the Bolivar series, more specifically in the belicoso size. I never would have been able to forgive myself if I had not returned with a least one box of the torpedoes.

After letting the box age for a little more than 6 months now, Matt and I had the opportunity to each review one while sitting in my cigar lounge while he was on a visit.
The Bolivar Belicoso Fino was first examined pre-light and noted to be draped in a medium brown wrapper that was relatively smooth and appeared well built compared to some of the other Cubans I have seen as of late. The cap came off clean with a guillotine cut and stayed together well, further speaking to the solid construction. The pre-light draw was fairly easy and not much was noted of the pre-light flavour.

Once lit, the belicoso got down to business in no time. The first third produced a big flavour profile packed with what can only be described as unsweetened molasses. The burn got slightly off track and was quickly corrected with a touch of the lighter. Matt made comments that the cigar had a “thick mouth feel to it” and was heavy on the brown sugar notes. I was in agreement and found it still had a mix of molasses and black cherry. Either way the first third was a sweet smoke.

Into the second third, the Bolivar settled down a little and began to show that it was going to be overall a medium body cigar that introduced some cedar and light hay notes into the mix. It was a big producer of clouds of smoke and had just the correct medium draw to it to keep the smoke cool. The construction stayed good and was burning fairly straight and not unravelling.

Into the last third the Bolivar came to life again and mixed it up with some more molasses and brown sugar. To keep it a true Cuban I would have been disappointed if some leather had not crept into the mix and being the last third was the perfect time in which it make its presence known.

Overall the Bolivar Belicoso Fino was an excellent, complex cigar that was a real treat to smoke. It was medium bodied and not a heavy cigar at any point. The flavour profile was well distinguished and interplayed off of itself nicely. I feel this is a superior Cuban cigar that can be enjoyed by experienced cigar smokers but would also rest easy in the hands of novice who would not be seeking a heavy, full bodied cigar. I would smoke this cigar everyday if I could and thus is part of the reason it made it onto my top 10 of 2010. A true Cuban benchmark that is tough to surpass.

~ Les

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