Bolivar Regentes (OSU ABR01)

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El Prez actually inspired this review with his "cigar porn" post. I saw the Regentes and said, "Hey, I have a box of those. Haven't had one in a long time. Hmmmmmmmm." So, I treated myself at lunch.

Bolivar Regentes (OSU ABR01)

This was not a particularly attractive cigar as far as the roll goes. It was just a tad lumpy, with some mottling on the wrapper. The wrapper itself was medium-brown with a slight reddish hue to it. Even after 5 years, these babies were still oily. :-P The seams were a bit loose and the triple-cap was sloppy, but there were no real soft or hard spots. The pre-light nose was very earthy, with just a hint of sweetness. The pre-light draw was what I would call perfect.

After lighting, the draw stayed just perfect and the smoke production was out of this world. Who would have thought that such a small cigar would produce so much smoke. The smoke was rich and dense as well, clinging to the still air and forming a haze around the deck. The burn was nice and even for the most part. It got off-kilter once, but quickly self-corrected. The ash was medium to dark gray and striated...firm and not easily dismissed. The smoke stayed cool down the last inch. Very well constructed cigar.

This is a little cigar that is HUGE on the Bolivar earthiness. It starts off from the beginning and never diminishes throughout the smoking experience. As the cigar progress, I detected a hint of sweetness at one time and some espresso-bean at another. As I got to the very end, the sweetness made a second appearance accompanied by some wood and spice. For the most part, however, this was a straight-forward, in your face, earthy Bolivar. Gotta love it.:-D

This cigar lasted me around 30-35 minutes. It was almost too strong for an early afternoon smoke, but I "suffered" through it. Really enjoyed this cigar. However, I rate it a B+ (87-89). I would rate it higher, but it was just too straight forward and uncomplex to be truly interesting. However, I personally believe this cigar to have great aging potential and can't wait to smoke one in around 3-5 years.

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