The Bolivar Belicoso Fino is an iconic cigar and one that I’ve wanted to try for several years. Bolivar was created in 1902 and named after Simon Bolivar who spearheaded the liberation of South America from Spain. As Cigar Aficionado puts it, “Consider him the George Washington of America’s Southern Hemisphere.”
Bolivar makes some of the best cigars in the world. Unfortunately living in the US doesn’t grant us the luxury of grabbing a few at the local shop. To get an authentic habano you either drive to Canada (spend a fortune with all their taxes and markups), order online and hope for the best, go on vacation to a place cubans are sold or know the right person. I got lucky and received it from “the right person.”
This particular cigar made a top 10 appearance in Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 for 2015, with a respectable #9 finish and a 94 rating (out of 100).
The stick is considered a figurado and comes in at 5 1/2″ by 52 ring and a very attractive light brown wrapper. I’m also a huge fan of the band – it’s simple but stands out. Pricing is a bit tough to determine because I didn’t pay for mine and it varies depending on where you purchase it. I’ve seen prices range from 8-20 per cigar…big difference. If you can get some at $8.00 you should jump on it.
From a profile perspective the Belicoso Fino is full bodied. It’s also known as a strong cigar because of the larger ring gauge and tapered tip. The tapered tip is supposed to concentrate the smoke and give you more of a rush. I’ve heard this claim before on other cigars and I don’t buy it. With that said I like the figurado shape.
This cigar is incredibly smooth. Surprisingly smooth. The burn was a bit wonky but it stayed lit. In fact, I walked away from it for about 3-5 minutes and came back to it still going.
The flavors tasted of cedar, earth, slight cocoa and creamy coffee. I’m not sure how long it was aged but it was definitely excellent. I was worried it would kick my butt since its regarded as such a strong smoke but I didn’t have an issue.
This was my first Bolivar Belicoso Fino and it won’t be the last!