The original Bolivar Gold Medal is a pre 1960 release but production was discontinued in 1992. In 2007 Habanos decided, partly due to the success of the 2004 special release of the Gold Medal, to start producing these cigars again as a La Casa Del Habano only cigar. I bought a 2007 box of 10 Bolivar Gold Medals soon after they hit the market and realized I had only one left for a review. The other 9 I had given away to friends or in bombs.
The packaging is quite original. The upper two third of the cigar is wrapped in gold colored tin foil and has both the Bolivar band and the La Casa del Habano band glued to the tin foil. When I remove the tin foil I see a smooth mocha colored wrapper with a few veins, some water spots and some damage at the foot of the cigar. The construction feels good. The cigar has a deep Cuban barnyard smell. The predraw is good and I taste raisin with some pepper on my lips.
I taste some coffee, earth and a full flavored leather. The leather becomes the main flavor. The coffee disappears after an inch. I get some wood next to the leather, even though the leather is still the dominant flavor. The structure of the flavors is dry.
Halfway the wood becomes the dominant flavor with leather and earth on the background. This is the mix of flavors I keep getting till I burn my fingers on the nub.
The smoke time of this cigar is 95 minutes. The draw is good just like the amount of smoke. The frayed dark as isn’t firm . The burn is great. This full flavored cigar is medium bodied. I got a big flame when I purged the cigar.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this will be another box purchase.
Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10