Popular Post Wailbait Posted May 18, 2019 Popular Post Share Posted May 18, 2019 Today is a great day to smoke a Bolivar. For many reasons. It’s a lovely day. I don’t work til 5pm. That book is not going to read itself. Most importantly, of all the Marcas, Bolivar is my least represented. It’s not that I don’t like them but I have found them to be a bit strong for my tastes when young so they have a prerequisite nap more so than most. A friend gave me a Soberano recently. It was fine enough but there were no flavors that would not have been better if it took a 5 year nap. This cigar was a gift. 04 Lonsdale. Great box press vibe. Not much aroma at cold but an easy prelight draw. First third is a gem. It’s quite mild and doesn’t have the kickiness that I associate with newer Bolivars. Very little spice, mostly wood and leather notes but quite harmonious. I drank water for the first 30 minutes but then I figure -what the heck- time for an easy Manhattan. Second third brought in some spice notes which the drink certainly picked up. It was a pretty stewed fruit-y Manhattan (Dolin and Capilletti split) and I wish I were smoking an old RASS at this point. Final third ramped up but never got out of line. This was a refined and elegant cigar. It likely was more flavorful a few years ago but what remained was subtle and intriguing. I would have more Bolivars if they were all like this. I’d give it a 93 (probably realistically a 92 but I just love the Lonsdale size so darn much!) 14 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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