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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Bolivar Cofradia No. 654 (Fuerte)
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Michael (Koop)
92
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member Beegerply (Byron).  The cigar provided for this round is the Bolivar Cofradia No. 654 (Fuerte).

The Hype: The Bolivar Cofradia is a bold, flavorful cigar, with strong hints of earth and spice. Made by the Villazon Factory under the watchful eye of master cigar maker Estelo Padron, this is a collection of the finest hearty tobaccos in the world today, and proves to be ...The Bolivar Cofradia is a bold, flavorful cigar, with strong hints of earth and spice. Made by the Villazon Factory under the watchful eye of master cigar maker Estelo Padron, this is a collection of the finest hearty tobaccos in the world today, and proves to be his strongest blend to date. This full-bodied cigar is intoxicating with its decadent flavors, heady aroma, and intense finish. Packed in heavy Spanish Cedar cabinets, it is a cigar crafted for the most experienced of connoisseurs.


Length:
6
Ring Gauge:
54
Country Manufactured:
Honduras
Filler:
Honduras
Nicaragua
Binder:
Connecticut
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Sumatra
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Full
Shape:
Toro

This cigar was enjoyed with Bottled water

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

Rustic appearance on the Ecuador Sumatra Colorado Maduro wrapper. No prominent veins. Firm without hard or soft areas. Cap well applied. I cut a deep notch with a Colibri V-cutter. Draw is perfect with slight resistance. Aroma somewhat floral. Cold draw sweet and slightly spicy like a good red vermouth.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

Toasted easily and burn started evenly. Firm concrete colored ash formed. Sharp black char line. Even burn only wavered once due to breezy conditions. Burn line was good all the way to a < 1" nub. Good, consistent smoke volume. No re-lights.

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

Construction near perfect. Stick remained firm to the nub and never burned hot. Draw perfect throughout. No re-lights. No construction issues at all with the three examples I smoked. I don't know which factory produced this cigar, only that it came from Honduras.

Flavor: 39 Points of 45 Possible

Strength was medium with medium-full body. Flavor built slowly in first-third. A slightly bitter finish that wasn't unpleasant - similar to a raw almond finish. Toward the end of the first-third floral flavors emerged with a hint of anise. In the second-third a spice similar to that of angostura bitters emerged - reminded me of a Manhattan cocktail without the sweetness. More anise, complex and flavorful. In the last third the flavor flattened somewhat - taste of fine tobacco, leather, coffee and savory spice. The sweetness of the cold draw was absent - which I would have liked. Long finish.

Summary

Thanks to Byron for including me in this month's critique. I really appreciated his idea of including four examples of this fine cigar. I'm always leery of submitting a review with a sample of one. I smoked the first one ROTT as suggested and a second one a week later. I found them to be very consistent with the first smoke maybe a little bolder than one with a few weeks in the humidor. I plan to save the last one and let it age a bit. I found these to be very good cigars and in my wheelhouse. Definitely box worthy if you can find them.



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