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TotT – Bolivar Churchills Tubos

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigar Review

Another cigar was reviewed in the tasting of the titans circle. And not just reviewed. I think I am save to say that we all enjoyed this one very much. The Bolivar Churchills Tubos from 2001.

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And if this would have not been enough we again have been fortunately enough to be gifted with a few great cigars: The Bushidos ER APAC, Punch EL, Davidoff Brazil and the new release, the Partagas Maduros. I wanted to focus on the Bolivar so I did not smoke any of them but I am planing to do some online reviews here soon (and boy, I am really looking forward to smoking them!).

Bolivar Churchill Tubos

But back to the cigar of that evening. The Bolivar Churchill Tubos had a boxing date from 2001 and unfortunately they have been discontinued in 2002. The tubo itself has a classic metal look design (not so colorful as the newer releases) and what came out of this tubo was really hard to believe. The cigar looked so young that it was hard to believe that it already was 14 years old. A delicate and oily wrapper and a strong and complex sent filled out noses. Wow – what a Habanos cigar! And already from the first puffs a nice creamy smoke tasting of leather and floral aromas filled the room and mouth. My specimen was slightly peppery and nicely complex. There is really not much to say, than – WOW! One of the best cigars I have smoked this year and another proof that 2001 cigars can be outstanding! Not much to add here apart from please check the tasting sheets enclosed below.

Bolivar Churchill Tubos

Again we smoked a spectacular cigar, eat a nice burger and had some good conversations. I am left again to to thank the titans for the spectacular cigars, the nice company and their time and of course many thanks to the Portmann’s for their generosity and hospitality. I am really feeling that I would miss something in my life if we wouldn’t have those get togethers in the Griffins Business Lounge in Kreuzlingen! And Heiko, thanks for the Barbecue sauce! πŸ˜‰

For more impressions, details and description of the cigars please see the individual tasting sheets:
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Bolivar Poderosos

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigars Post

New in my humidor is the Bolivar Poderosos Edicion Regionales Benelux from 2013. But first let’s get some things out of the way…

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I have said I would not buy Regionales anymore and would stick to classic regular production cigars where one can be certain what will be delivered. I have commented on not liking and smoking big ring size cigars. I have written about figurados and that I prefer parejos. So why on earth did I buy a box of Bolivar Poderosos???

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For a start it is a Bolivar and this is one of my favorite marcas. Then the little, sick collector in me wanted to have a box of another Edicion Regionales from Bolivar. And this is knowing that many ERs in the past have not always been within the marcas flavor profile. But the little I have heard about this cigar so far was good. So I am willing to take the risk and I will try one of them soon to find out for myself.

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Another thing is the presentation. This Double Pyramid that has the same size as the Bolivar cigars that came in the book-shaped Collecion boxes (a Rodolfo size) are packed in a gigantic 8-9-8 varnished box. A true sight for sore eyes and I have to admit that this was the real reason I gave in on this one. πŸ™‚

Bolivar Libertador

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigars Post

Just released and already in my humidor. πŸ™‚ The Bolivar Libertador!

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This year Habanos S.A. surprised us with a new Casa speciality. Well, not so new actually. Maybe in this form carrying a dedicated Casa ring. But the Libertador was one the first French Edicion Regionales. Remember? So this is not some kind of novelty if not it is the same vitola as you can see on one of the pictures where an ER version is lying on top of the new cigars.

I really liked the Libertador as an ER. It is actually one of my favorite ERs and you can see it being mentioned in my favorite list. So when I learned about this release I knew I at least would have to have one box. I at least wanted to do a comparison.

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But it got me scratching my head a little. Why would Habanos S.A. re-release this cigar? As far as I understand the French ER was not liked by many. There were claims of it not being an authentic Bolivar if I recall it right. And about a year ago I still saw a box or two in a French shop, so they must have sold them rather slow. As far as size it seems to fit into the range of the other new releases as it is a fashionably big cigar. But I would imagine that many of the aficionados will maybe try one or two sticks but they will not buy whole boxes as it is yet another repetition of a not so sucessfull ER. Somehow I am reminded of the re-release of the re-release of the Bolivar Gold Medal as a Casa speciality. With this the 2004 Gold Medals were successfully kept from becoming a myth themselves. But maybe that was the goal in this case?

Personally I can not resist when it comes to a Bolivar. But one box is enough as this is certainly another big ring size cigar. BTW – this was the same reason I did not buy a San Cristobal de la Habana jar even though I am crazy for jars and I do like the marca. But too “rich” (in ring size) for my blood and it having the same size as the Swiss Bolivar Presidentes did not help either.

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Last but not least I would like to say something positive about the packaging. The natural wooden box is splendid of course and I welcome the ten count boxes even though I would applaud much more to a new release coming in a cabinett. But what I really dig is this Bolivar logo sticker they applied on the side of the box (see the last picture in this post). I believe the Bolivar Britanicas were the first to sport this and I just think it adds a classic touch to the wooden box. I do think that I saw this kind of sticker on another wooden box to be released of a different marca and I would not mind to see this more often. πŸ™‚

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