Bolivar Belicosos Finos Review – Small size, big punch

It might not seem like a large cigar, but this torpedo still lasts almost an hour and a half.

At first draw of the Bolivar Belicosos Finos, you find yourself walking through a park in the fall, kicking the neatly piled stacks of leaves on your way. Just under is a hint of floral sweetness that says sunflowers and the honey that bees produce from their pollen. When barely lit, there’s a nuttiness, like blanched almonds with the skin still on. Fresh wood shavings are overlayed by a light floral finish that continues to mature as the cigar burns past the first third.

After that you’re forgiven for thinking you’ve been transported to your Nona’s home in Italy. There’s vanilla bean and sweet basil which makes you think you’ve walked into a kitchen where the pasta and the panna cotta are being cooked at the same time. As you settle into the final third of the cigar, you’re surrounded again by the dark earth of a freshly watered flower bed, the bark peeling off a nearby tree. And then, if that’s not surprise enough, there’s caramel on the finish.

Although it’s not a very large cigar, this burnt consistently for an hour and 20 minutes, giving me time to savour each shift in flavour for a period of time. Pair this with a botanical gin to complement the complexity of flavours in each, from earth and wood to floral and spice.

A medium to full bodied smoke, the Bolivar Belicosos offers terrific complexity down the entire length of the cigar

Length: 5 ½ inches

Ring Gauge: 50

Shape: Torpedo

Origin: Cuban


Wrapper Colour: Colorado Maduro

Rolling: Very good

Cut employed: guillotine, shallow cut


Aroma (Unlit): Honey, dried leaves

Cold Draw Aroma (After lighting): Topnote – Honey; Secondary notes – Floral

Cold Draw Flavour: Balsa wood, Almonds

At 1/3: Wood shavings, light floral

At 2/3: Vanilla notes, herbal vegetal

At 3/3: Dried earth, bark, caramel


Burn: Consistent throughout

Ash: Firm and light gray.

Strength: Medium to full bodied

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