Cigars Bolivar Belicosos Finos – Review, 2021
This is a classic, pretty popular cigar of the Cuban Bolivar marka. The beautiful format Pyramid (factory name: Campanas) requires good skills from torsedors, for executing these attractive, totally hand made cigars.
- Capa: Cuba
- Capote: Cuba
- Tripa: Cuba
- Origin: Cuba
Size: 52 X 140
Visual & wrapper
Oily colorado wrapper. Nicely executed and well-rolled pyramide with its trademark sharp end. Under the cut off capa the construction looks stunningly dense.
Wonderfully pronounced aroma of barn, wild field herbs and flowers in countryside, dried dust, a bit of pollen, manure.
The first third
There are no heavy fragments in the palette at all. The burning is even. Splendid, cold smoke.
The second third
Now I need to cut a bit off the end. When you smoke pyramide, and the draw becomes a bit tight, just carefully cut off the thin end a bit more, this will help to carry on with optimum draw. The thinning end at some poit of the smoking time starts giving you less smoke, so this manipulation that sometimes is needed to be made once, sometimes twice, helps to “open” the right gate (amount) of smoke.
Dense and cool smoke, like a bar of chocolate cooled in the fridge. I can recognise a bit of pollen… The smoke is infused with berries flavours: wild lingonberries which grow in Russian Tundra (in Chukotka) and in Russian Taiga – in the Far Noth-East of Russia where I spent a large part of my childhood.
The last third
Pairing Bolivar Belicosos Finos with drinks
If you want to combine this smoke with a drink – the third part, to my opinion, would benefit being paired with a high-class aged grappa (also stravecchia – rizerva or very old). Cognac would also be great, especially if you enjoy good cognac, but may be slightly too powerful comparing to the well-aged grappa which would suit this fine Cuban cigar well. Genuine Cuban rum would also make a good pair, such as sweet and delicious “Mulata”, or “Santiago de Cuba” – from 7 y.o. onwards.
Victoria Radugina © 2021
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