Yesterday evening I treated myself to a Bolivar Belicosos Finos from a box that I had recently purchased. I've been a fan of the Belicosos Finos but had always found myself going for the Partagas Serie P No. 2 when I fancied a Piramide shaped Cigar. But I've been out of the loop the last couple of months when it came to the Bolivar brand and fancied a smoke from that brand.
The Bolivar is regarded one of the fullest bodied brands to come out of Cuba however the Belicosos Finos I find is one of milder Cigars within the range. However, past form was blown out of the water as I found this Cigar to be a powerhouse, full out Bolivar-esque flavours.
This Belicosos Finos came from a box that was dated from May 2011, so it's had a good two years of aging inside the cabinet however during that time the Cigar seems to have not mellowed one bit. Plenty of leather, earth, with a hint of underlining sweetness that only showed itself in small doses throughout the smoke.
I was totally knocked back at how much strength this particular Belicosos Finos had. To be honest this strength was making the Cigar one I wasn't enjoying as much as I hoped. I find Bolivar Cigars, when they are at their best to be full bodied, but still well balanced. This Cigar was full bodied, but did not have any kind of complexity that I had hoped. The Cigar was looking to hit home runs or a six at every draw and I found that a little off putting.
Overall, a little disappointing that the Cigar was too over the top, but there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully in a couple of years the Cigar may mellow slightly to allow some of the complexities I was hoping for come through. But at the rate I smoke through boxes, I doubt this cabinet will have be housing any Cigars left by the end of 2014. Oh dear.