Bolívar Lonsdale - Cuban Cigar Review
It's an unusual partnership when the Bolívar, known for it's strength, is married with the Lonsdale vitola, that is reputed for it's elegance. But somehow, in this case, the two just worked, giving a great two hour experience.
Tonight.s smoke is the Bolivar Lonsdale. One of my favourite brands, historically the Bolivar range offers a full flavoured smoke, with earth, leather and mocha being the main tasting notes.
Criminally out of fashion in these times, the Lonsdale size is a slender smoke. While the general Cigar population has moved over to the more stubbier sizes of the Robusto's and Edmundo's, many people still see longer slender Cigars as much better smokes because of their suave flavour.
The naturally slender size of the Lonsdale seems to help keep the flavour of the balance much more centred. Slowly smoked, Lonsdale.s seem to give a flavourful, balanced smoke that helps is a joy to behold.
Anyway to the smoking. As usual, cutting the Cigar was no problem with my Paleo cutter. Very smooth, easy draw. Light the match, toast the foot, and away we go. The first few puffs gives a distinct earthy tones with a little bit of toast and faint Mocha flavours. Just a little bit of Coffee in there; not much, but very satisfying.
A third in, the earthy tones gets a little more pronounced while the toast flavour subsides a little while the Mocha comes through just a little more. The Bolivar smokes very easy going, it seems not to gather my attention too much, just like a good Cigar should.
Half way in, true to it.s form, the earthy tones keeps on coming through nice and steady, while the burn keeps itself nicely in check. Very elegant. Unlike some Bolivar.s this vitola seems a little more balanced.
Towards the end the Cigar got naturally stronger, due to it getting slightly hotter. I found this smoking cooler than most other Cigars I have tried, so that was a big bonus to me, who has a shameful habit of nubbing his stogies.
Overall, a fine Lonsdale and one of the more elegant smokes of the Bolivar range. I think Bolivar Gold Medal is a little more stronger but the ones of those I have smoked in the past were relatively young so they might mellow slightly towards the flavour profile of the Lonsdale. However, I cannot really vouch for that theory as I didn't know the age of this particular Lonsdale I was smoking.
- Appearance: 13/15
- Draw & Burn: 19/20
- Flavour & Complexity: 25/30
- Overall: 31/35
- Total: 88/100