Bolivar is my favorite Cuban marca, so you can imagine how happy I was to hear that one of the two Benelux RE’s would be a Bolivar, and in my favorite vitola too, a robusto with a size of 5.3 x 52.
The cigar has a nice light colored oily wrapper with some minor veins. The classic triple cap and the full barnyard aroma confirm that this is a Cuban cigar. The construction feels good, no noticeable plugs or weak spots.
I get a full and spicy leather flavor, and on the background I can discover some nut flavors although that flavor comes and goes. After an inch I also get a creamy chocolate flavor, but instead of sticking on the palate, which creamy chocolate usually does, this flavor doesn’t stick in the mouth. The leather disappears completely but the spicy pepper is still noticeable while the chocolate disappears.
Halfway the chocolate makes a comeback and the pepper grows in strength. The nuts return at the 2/3rd point and that flavor grows slowly in strength towards the end. After 85 minutes I drop the nub in the ashtray.
I get enough smoke, although the smoke is somewhat thin and the color isn’t very attractive, it’s a bit gray. The ash is quite dark but firm. The burn was great until midway, after that I got some burn problems and had to correct a few times. This is a full flavored full bodied cigar.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, no doubt about it. This is a very nice and enjoyable cigar right now and it has a lot of aging potential. I am impressed that a Cuban cigar this young can be this nice.
Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10