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Tuesday
Sep012009

Bolivar Petite Corona


The Cuban Bolivar Petite Corona measures in at 5.1 X 42 ring, which is the standard size for a Cuban PC. This cigar has a really firm feel, which sometimes worries me with smaller cigars because that can mean they are overfilled and will have a tight draw. Thankfully this wasn't the case with this one, it had a perfect Cuban style slightly firm draw. The wrapper was pale brown, and not very oily.There were some visible veins, but Cuban wrappers aren't always the prettiest.

The predraw had a mildly sweet and floral flavor, which was unexpected on a Bolivar. Upon lighting, I was greeted with classic Boli flavors of chocolate, coffee and that great earthy flavor that I expect with this brand. That classic Cuban "twang" flavor was really nice, and if you have had any experience with Cuban cigars, you will know what I am talking about. I forgot how good these smaller Bolivars can be! The flavor is very concentrated in a smaller vitola like this, and to those that don't think that smaller cigars are worth smoking....that leaves more for me!

After about 2 inches of this cigar, leather, a touch of spice, and cedar joined the already very complex smoke. The burnline was a little on the uneven side, but with flavors like this, who cares if you have to touch it up a few times! At the tail end of this great cigar, a nice graham cracker flavor joined the mix, adding a nice sweet characteristic to balance out the richness.

Overall, the Bolivar PC is a complete flavor bomb! Anyone looking for a smaller format, quicker smoke will absolutely love this one. Small ring gauge Cubans have such a concentrated flavor and this one is no different. If you know where to get them, (which I am not going into details about for obvious reasons) these can be had for around 5.50-6 bucks a piece, which is a steal for such a flavorful cigar. You can't go wrong with Bolivar!

Sunday
Apr262009

Bolivar Gold Medal



It finally stopped raining today, so i decided to do this review out on the deck. The Bolivar Gold Medal is a Lonsdale and measures in at 6.5 inches x 42 ring gauge, and is definitely a favorite size of mine. The presentation is really nice, with the gold foil and La Casa Del Habano band under the classic bolivar band. The wrapper is very supple and oily, with a nice reddish hue. It was applied with great care and topped with the triple cap you should see on all Cubans. These come in boxes of 10 for about $130 bucks.

The draw on this cigar is impeccable, with a very earthy flavor that i have come to expect and love of Bolivars. There is also a slight cocoa flavor on the lips, but its very subtle.
The first third of this cigar is classic Bolivar, with a dank, earthy flavor profile that is very enjoyable. This is a creamy cigar that really coats the palate. This had a slightly youthful characteristic, but was still very enjoyable. The burn is a little uneven, but that could be due to the breeze out here on the deck.

The second third of this cigar still had that great earthyness, but with the cocoa flavor showing itself a bit more with a bit of leather in there as well. This cigar really settled down and became very enjoyable in this second third. There is also a slight toasted bread flavor that is very nice! The burn evened out nicely. This is a solid medium bodied cigar at this point.

The final third of this cigar was very rich with a long finish. A bit of cedar flavor showed up towards the end of this cigar and the body moved into the medium/ full range.

Overall, i loved this cigar, it just puts a smile on my face! The size really worked with the Bolivar flavor profile and the presentation is one of the nicest out there. Any fan of Cuban Bolivars should enjoy this cigar and its dank earthy qualities. While i enjoyed this cigar now, i can see where some would want at least another year or 2 of age on it. This will definitely get even better the longer its in your humidor.