Posts Tagged With: 2009

Bolivar Petit Belicoso LE 2009

I was really looking forward to this year’s LE as I am a big fan of the Cuban brand Bolivar and this year one of the 3 LE’s would be a 4.9 x 52 Bolivar petit belicoso. The first ever Bolivar LE.
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The petit belicoso has a nice sharp looking point with a nice light brown colored wrapper. The cigar feels hard, but isn’t over packed as the predraw is a bit loose. The predraw leaves a wood and raisin flavor in my mouth. The aroma of the cigar is hard to detect and smells a bit like cow poop.

 

Yuck, I taste a bitter, pungent and unpleasant coffee flavor. After a centimeter the worst harshness has gone, but I still get a harsh flavor in the back of my throat. After an inch some wood shines through the bitter harshness, but unfortunately some ash flavor joins the party too.
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After reaching the middle of the cigar I lost the wood and ash and I can even taste some nuts beneath the harshness. At the 2/3rd point the harshness gets less but the cigar still isn’t pleasant to smoke

 

The as is almost white and very dense. The ash broke halfway and I got some crooked burn after that, which I didn’t have to correct though. Before the breaking of the ash the burn was straight. The draw was fine. I get a lot of thick white smoke. This cigar is obviously way too young to be smoked.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, and rest them for at least 5 years before I smoke another one. Hopefully they are great by then and otherwise I will give them away.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 4 / 10
Aroma second part: 5 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

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Categories: Bolivar (Habanos), Cuban cigars, Partagas Factory | Tags: , , ,

Punch Royal Regional Edition Benelux

This year the Benelux (Belgium Netherlands Luxemburg) got 2 Regional Editions, the Bolivar Fabuloso and the Punch Royal, a 5.5 x 50 cigar with a light wrapper with some minor veins. The predraw is just fine and gives me a flavor of raisin and pepper. The construction feels good and the cigar has a nice hay & barnyard aroma.
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I taste full dry wood flavor combined with full dry leather, a bit harsh even. After a centimeter I taste a grassy flavor, a sign that this cigar is too young to smoke. I can also taste a mild chocolate. The strength and power of the flavors have gone from their initial full flavor to mild.
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After a third I can just taste the mild chocolate with dry grass and something harsh & bitter. Halfway the cigar is getting ashy and the bitter harshness stays noticeable.
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The last third gives me a nut flavor and ash. The nut is very nice but gets ruined by the disgusting flavor of the ash.
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I get a lot of smoke from this cigar, lots and thick. The burn is just fine and the frayed light colored ash is quite firm.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, a few singles and then let them age for a few years. They definitely need some more rest

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

Categories: Cuban cigars, La Corona, Punch (Habanos) | Tags: , , ,

Bolivar Fabulosos RE Benelux

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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