Aged Bolivar Belicosos Finos

I thought that with a fresh palate and a coffee after breakfast, an Aged Bolivar Belisosos Finos would be the way to start the day.

I have a friend, Charley, who is a cigar smoker and a traveller who ran into a bit of trouble with his humidor full of cigars that wasn’t maintained properly when he was out of town.  He brought it over and asked if I’d take a look at things and bring these slightly dry cigars, both Cuban and Non-Cuban, back to life while he went out of town again.  After about 2 months I thought I’d try one of these favorites from Bolivar, and knowing that this is about an 11 year old cigar, I couldn’t wait another day.

This 5.5 inch long, 52 ring gauge torpedo shaped cigar ( campanas ) started off being full of flavor but incredibly smooth and mild as it revealed the typical Bolivar earthiness that I love but I knew this wouldn’t last long as this cigar would probably get a bit stronger.  Sure enough, as I was well into my first third and enjoying this to the fullest I started to detect the spiciness that I usually get from a Belicosos Finos.

An older cigar will have a more pronounced front, middle and finish.. The front being the first flavor you get as you take a puff. The middle is the second taste you have in your mouth and the finish is theh long lasting taste you have in your mouth after you’ve blown the smoke out.. Sometimes a finish can last a very long time.. A younger cigar will have a more subtle middle and finish so those who prefer aged cigars will get used to the three dimensional approach their older cigars supply.  What a treat!

There was the spice throughout that I love from this cigar but a certain smoothness that accompanied the spice and woodiness stayed well into the final third and this one was smoked right down to the nub….