Bolívar Cuban Cigars - Models, Tasting Notes & Ratings
Bolívar is a pre-revolution brand, established in 1902 by the Rocha Cuban Cigar Company. Named after the legendary Simón Bolívar, the military leader of Venezuela who went on to lead Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador to independence.
The Bolívar brand is known for it's full bodied, robust flavours. Among the Bolívar flavour porfolio is leather, coffee, vanilla, earth & espresso.
- Colosales - Germany
- Libertadores - France
- Simones - Canada
- Armonías - China
- Legendarios - Switzerland
- Petit Libertador - France
- 5at Avenida - Germany
- Especiales No. 2 - Germany
- Fabulosos - Benelux
- 108 - Spain
- B-2 - Canada
- 681 - Bulgaria
- Británicas - United Kingdom
- Distinguidos - China
- Poderosos - Belgium and Luxembourg
- Presidente - Switzerland
- Redentores - Brazil
- Bosphorus - Turkey
- Belgravia - United Kingdom
- Byblos - Lebanon
- Emarati - TBC
- Tesoro - Germany
Not as strong or as spicy as the Partagás Serie P No. 2, I find the Bolívar Belicosos Finos a suave Cigar. The typical Bolívar flavours are there, but they're not as punchy as some other vitolas in the brand.
The Belicosos Finos comes in both a slide lid box and dress box of twenty five. The Slide Lid Box is slightly more harder to find, but worth the search if you intend to age the Cigars.
One of the strongest Cigars within the Churchill vitola, only the Romeo Y Julieta Churchill comes close.
The shortest Cigar in the Bolivar portfolio, the Coronas Junior measures in at 110mm and 42 ring gauge.
Along with the Por Larrañaga Petit Coronas, my favourite 'go to' Cigar of this size. Possibly one of the strongest vitolas available in terms of flavour in the Bolívar range, the Petit Corona has strong notes of leather, spice and espresso. The cabinet of fifty are highly recommended if you can source yourself a box.
Pretty much every review of the Bolívar Royal Coronas I have read or watched online has been a positive one. I'm glad to announce that over the last few years, the Royal Coronas has not let me down.
The Royal Coronas was voted Cigar Aficionado's Cigar of the Year for 2007, that prompted many aficionado's to revisit this once overlooked Cigar.
I've always found the Bolivar Tubos No. 1 good value when it comes to strength. This Corona sized Cigar gives plenty of flavour.
One of the best Cigars in the Bolívar range, the Coronas Extras will be sadly missed as it was announced it would be discontinued in 2012. My favourite Cigar in the Bolívar range. The flavour profile, the Corona Gorda size & the construction is top notch.
Released on the first week of October 2014 in the United Kingdom, the Bolívar Super Coronas come in semi boite nature boxes of twenty five. The second time that the Bolívar has been selected for an Edicion Limitada, after the Bolívar Petit Belicosos in 2009.
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Bolívar Colosales - German Regional Edition
Bolívar Libertadores - French Regional Edition
Bolívar Simones - Canadian Regional Edition
The Bolivar Simones was re-released as a 2008 Regional Edition. (That is why there is no 2008 Regional Edition for Canada on this list)
Bolívar Armonías - Chinese Regional Edition
Bolívar Legendarios - Swiss Regional Edition
Bolívar Petit Libertador - French Regional Edition
The Bolivar Petit Libertador is one of the best French Regional Editions from the last few years. Noted for it's Bolivar-esque flavours, the Petit Libertador is a sort after short Cigar.
Bolívar 5at Avenida - German Regional Edition
Bolívar Especiales No. 2 - German Regional Edition
Bolívar Fabulosos - Benelux Regional Edition
Bolívar 108 - Spanish Regional Edition
Named to commemorate the 108 year anniversary of the creation of the Bolívar brand.
One of the best Regional Editions to have been released. Typical Bolívar like flavours. The Cigar draws perfectly with a razor sharp burn.
Bolívar B-2 - Canadian Regional Edition
Bolívar 681 - Bulgraian Regional Edition
Bolívar Británicas - United Kingdom Regional Edition
Released in May 2012, the Bolívar Británicas is one of two 2011 Regional Editions for the United Kingdom. The first Regional Edition to have the Gran Bretana adorning the second band in place of Reino Unido.
Intended to be a forty six ring gauge as opposed to forty eight, the Británicas is named after the size and shape of this perfecto shaped Cigar.
Opinions of the Bolívar Británicas have been favourable to date (June 2012). Some people have had burn issues, however the three I have smoked so far have burned just fine.
Bolívar Distinguidos - Chinese Regional Edition
Bolívar Poderosos - Belgium and Luxembourg Regional Edition
A Cigar Aficionado news story first published on the 11th July 2013 revealed that a large figurado sized Bolívar would be released for the Belgium & Luxembourg regional market sometime in 2013. News was a little thin on the ground, as the only other information that was supplied that the vitola of this yet named Cigar would be the Rodolfo.
Fast forward to November, where the Luxembourg La Casa Del Habano revealed that the Cigar would be called the Poderosos and will come housed in 8-9-8 boxes of twenty five. This will be the first time that a Regional Edition release will come housed in the 8-9-8 format. Interestingly, a few months before, 5th Avenue, the German Distributor announced that they intended to release a Regional Edition to come housed in the 8-9-8 format. Looks like the Belgium and Luxemburg distributor beat them to it!
The La Casa Del Habano Knokke stated that the Poderosos will be available on sale from the 1st December. However, as of yet, the release date seems to be around the 5th or 6th of December. Both Luxembourg and Knokke La Casa Del Habano currently retail boxes of Poderosos for €505 each.
The Rodolfo vitola is usually reserved for special releases, for example the Coleccion Bolívar 2010 and the La Casa del Habanos San Cristóbal Muralla release from 2006. The Rodolfo measures in at 54 ring gauge by 18 centimetres.
Other than the name, the Bolívar Poderosos does not share any similarities as the 2009 Swiss Regional Edition, the Punch Poderosos.
The La Casa del Habano in Luxembourg were the first retailer to release images of the Pedorosos:
Bolívar Presidente - Swiss Regional Edition
The Bolívar Presidente was released at the tail end of 2013. Five thousand boxes were produced in all, each containing ten cigars.
Bolívar Redentores - Brazilian Regional Edition
The Bolívar Redentores will be the first ever Brazilian Regional Edition Release. Not much is known regarding this release as of yet, although it is reputed that this Cigar will have a fifty ring gauge and will be 124mm in length.
Here are the first known images of the Bolívar Redentores, courtesy of Oliver.
Images courtesy of Conexão Tabaco .
Bolívar Bosphorus - Turkish Regional Edition
Edición Regional 2015
Bolívar Belgravia - United Kingdom Regional Edition
The Bolívar Belgravia was first unveiled at the Hunters & Frankau Summer Party that took part at Belgrave Square in London on June 19th. This event also included the official launch of the Error: Cigar Not Found.
Edición Regional 2016
Bolívar Byblos - Lebanon Regional Edition
Bolívar Tesoro - German Regional Edition
Due to be released on the week starting February 13th 2017, the Bolívar Tesoro is a Salomón sized cigar, that is due to be limited to 6000 boxes of 10 cigars. It is expected the pricing to be set at €22.50 per cigar.
This is the second 2016 Regional Edition to be named Tesoro, after the Saint Luis Rey Tesoros that was released only a week before this Regional Edition.
One of the most desired cigar collectables today, the original release of the Bolívar Gold Medal was a pre-revolution release that was discontinued in 1992.
The Bolívar Libertadores is a re-release of the 2006 Regional Edition release for France. Released in October 2013, the Libertadores comes in a box of ten, with the papeleta styling reminicent of the Bolívar Británicas.