As one would expect from a brand that is named after such a powerful figure, this cigar is full bodied. Bolivar is simply one of the richest and most commanding brands within the Habanos portfolio. Although not for the novice, these traits are what make it one of the most sought-after names amongst more experienced cigar smokers.
The full gauge of the Belicoso Fino, combined with the tapered end of this Campana shape, which means “bell” in Spanish, creates the ideal format for a robust blend of leaves. The Belicoso Fino is presented either in labelled boxes or Cabinet Selection bundles of 25 cigars. The cigars in bundles are now banded.
In 2007 Cigar Aficionado described this cigar as “A gorgeous torpedo gleaming with oils. It has a near perfect draw that imparts a luxuriously textured smoke rich with profound wood and tobacco flavours”. Then, when revisiting the cigar in 2010 went on to say “The smoke has a velvety texture and is full of toast, earth and cedary flavours that cohere to a floral, herbaceous finish”. They also scored it an impressive 92 out of 100.
Min Ron NEE, in ‘An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post Revolution Havana Cigars’ describes the Belicosos Finos as a ‘Suave Bolivar’ with ‘earthy, subtle “tangy” fruity flavours’. He goes on to add ‘Bolivar is one of my favourite brands. If I was condemned to smoke only one brand, I have no hesitation that Bolivar would be the choice’.
Commercial Name: Belicosos Finos Factory Name: Campana Dimensions: 5½” (140mm) x 52 ring gauge Flavour category: Full Production method: Totally handmade using long filler with all leaves sourced from the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba Presentations: 25-cigar Cabinet (SLB)
Simon Bolivar was one of the great historic figures of the 19th Century who liberated much of South America from Spanish rule.
The Bolivar brand was created in 1902 and is based today in the Partagas factory which is in the heart of Havana.
It is perhaps not surprising that a Habano named after such a powerful figure is blended to match his might. Bolivar is among the strongest, most full bodied of all Habanos. It boasts an unrivalled richness of flavour in its blend of Vuelta Abajo zone filler and binder tobacco that makes it one of the most sought-after marques amongst experienced smokers.
Length: 5 1/8" Ring Gauge: 42 Flavour: Full Vitola: Mareva
The unique ‘extra fermentation’ that is conducted on the Seco and Legero of all Cohibas lasts for eighteen months and is conducted at the factory in cedar barrels. This extra age creates a unique taste. The famous Cohiba flavour is most often described as ‘Grassy’, although others have noticed tones of vanilla, cocoa and coffee. It is often noted how this extra fermentation makes the taste ‘smoother’ and more refined. Min Ron NEE, in his book An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post-Revolution Havana Cigars says of the Siglo range “Mild, creamy sweetness, medium bean flavour, subtle ‘Cohiba’ Grassy taste, mild floral and herbal flavours”. The American publication Cigar Aficionado scored this cigar an impressive 93 out of 100 in a recent review, saying “A lot of flavour in a small cigar. Beautifully crafted with a rich chocolate wrapper, it is soft-textured and sumptuous to smoke, with dark chocolate and spice aromas and flavours”
Line: La Linea 1492 Flavour: Medium Vitola: Perla Ring Gauge: 40 Length: 4 Inches / 102mm
The unique ‘extra fermentation’ that is conducted on the Seco and Legero of all Cohibas lasts for eighteen months and is conducted at the factory in cedar barrels. This extra age creates a unique taste. The famous Cohiba flavour is most often described as ‘Grassy’, although others have noticed tones of vanilla, cocoa and coffee. It is often noted how this extra fermentation makes the taste ‘smoother’ and more refined.
Min Ron NEE, in his book An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post-Revolution Havana Cigars says of the Siglo range “Mild, creamy sweetness, medium bean flavour, subtle ‘Cohiba’ Grassy taste, mild floral and herbal flavours.”.
The American publication Cigar Aficionado scored this cigar an impressive 93 out of 100 in a recent review, saying “Oily, firm and well made, with a fine draw and an even burn. The cigar is spicy and rich, with complex flavours of dark chocolate, coffee and leather. A full bodied masterpiece”
Line: La Linea 1492 Flavour: Medium Vitola: Mareva Ring Gauge: 42 Length: 5 1/8 Inches / 129mm
H. Upmann is classified as Light to Medium by Habanos S.A, the Cuban company responsible for the global marketing and distribution of Cuban cigars.
The H. Upmann taste is often said to have a clear and clean tobacco taste, often mistakenly described as ‘simple’ by less experienced smokers.
The American publication, Cigar Aficionado scored this cigar 89 out of 100 in a February 2017 review, saying "This cigar exudes a pleasant, toasty aroma as it burns. Floral intonations segue into a strong peanut character with touches of cinnamon, woodiness and a mineral finish.”
Although relatively young this cigar is already smoking very well and exhibiting many classic H. Upmann flavours. However, it seems destined to develop even more once it has acquired two or three years age.
Factory Name: Magnum 54 Dimensions: 4¾” (120mm) x 54 ring gauge Flavour category: Light to Medium Vitola: Magnum 54 Production method: Totally handmade using long filler with all leaves sourced from the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba
Virtually a robusto, but slightly thinner and longer, this cigar merits the title ‘connoisseur’ for its delicate light flavour, great balance and elegant aroma. Once presented without a band, now it sports Upmann’s distinctive red and gold colours.
Vitola: Hermoso no.4 Ring gauge: 48 Length: 5 inches - 127 mm Flavour: Light to Medium
This cabinet selection cigar tied in a silk-ribboned bundle first saw the light of day in the mid 1980s. It revitalised the traditional image of the brand with its elegant light to medium taste in a girth that rewards the palate. far.
VITOLA: Corona Gorda RING GAUGE: 46 LENGTH: 5 5/8 inches - 143 mm FLAVOUR: Light to Medium
Hoyo de Monterrey is by far the most popular brand within the light flavour category outlined by Habanos S. A. The Le Hoyo series is typified by a delicate, cedar taste with a hint of white pepper and cream, that remains light enough for inexperienced smokers, while offering enough elegance and layering of flavours to keep aficionados satisfied.
Min Ron NEE in his 2003 tome ‘An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post-Revolution Havana Cigars’ says Hoyo de Monterrey cigars are ‘characterised by their soft, sweet style. The tobacco blend is creamy sweet, mild and aromatic’.
This new cigar displays all of these classic characteristics but, with a 54 ring gauge, does so within a very modern format. Most agree that, although it is displaying a great deal of subtlety, finesse and delicacy already, it also has wonderful ageing potential for the medium to long term.
A most welcome addition to the Hoyo family.
VITOLA: Geniales RING GAUGE: 54 LENGTH: 5 7/8 inches - 150 mm FLAVOUR: Light
An elegant small cigar with a decent 38 ring gauge that makes it the perfect morning smoke. For many years it was the only cigar of this size in the Havana portfolio until it was joined by the Montecristo Open Junior in 2009.
VITOLA: Trabuco RING GAUGE: 38 LENGTH: 4 3/8 inches - 110 mm FLAVOUR: Light
Perhaps this cigar would have been better named Epicure No.3 as its presentation and style of taste are identical to the Epicure 1 & 2. Introduced in 2004, it was a timely anticipation of what smokers would face with smoking bans.
VITOLA: Petit Robusto RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 inches - 102 mm FLAVOUR: Light
Le Hoyo de Rio Seco is the second recent introduction to the "le Hoyo Series", following the 2015 release of Le Hoyo de San Juan. These cigars only use Seco and Ligero leaves grown in San Juan y Martinez, a small town in Vuelta Abajo, a world-famous tobacco growing zone in Cuba
VITOLA: Aromosos RING GAUGE: 56 LENGTH: 5 1/2 inches - 140 mm FLAVOUR: Light
A comparatively little known brand in Britain, Juan Lopez offers here a well-tailored Corona Gorda nicely presented in a Cabinet Selection bundle of 25. Medium to full in taste with pleasant spicy overtones.
VITOLA: Corona Gorda RING GAUGE: 46 LENGTH: 5 5/8 inches - 143 mm FLAVOUR: Medium to Full