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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Bolivar Cofradia No. 654 (Fuerte)
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: BewareDaPenguin
87
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 Water on every occasion

Pre-Light: 8 Points of 10 Possible

Cigar looked and felt like a cigar should. It was rolled nice and looked mean. Smelled great and felt a tad oily but with a smoothness. Cap was applied uniformly and cut clean, pre-light pull brought in some nutty tones. The wrappers were all nice on the cigars, I mean you can always find a few thick veins but for the most part they were all beautifully presented. I personally love the design of the Bolivar Logo Bands with the embossed ridges and the portrait, but I can also see where some might think it's a little "simple" with all the crazy stuff they can do now in printing these bands. I was ready to light this bad boy up and get to business.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

I was able to smoke 3 out of the 4 supplied cigars in different settings and enviroments and I'd have to say it performed beautifully in all of them. Only required 1 touch up, believe it our not on the least invasive setting for the cigar, that's why i dinged it, but only for a point. 2 cigars were smoked while I was playing golf, one of the days the wind was whipping a good steady 20mph+ and I thought for sure it would go out often (like the previous cigar I had just smoked...no names lol) but to my surprise the cigar burn pretty darn clean with no touch ups all the way though. Both cigars on the golf course burned clean, the one where I was sitting at home by the fire I had it run a few times, so I was a little surprised by this lol considering how the 1st 2 went. But all in all it cut clean, smoked easily, had a nice volume per pull performed very well in less then optimal situations

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

Well there's not to much you can complain about regarding the construction of the 3 I smoked. Less the thicker veins you can find on most cigars it was hard to find something to complain about with these. I did have a burning issue with one, and some of the cosmetics where I deducted a few points but for the most part as mentioned before the cigar looked and felt like a cigar. Caps were all uniformly applied and cut clean.

Flavor: 38 Points of 45 Possible

Let's just say this cigars bark is bigger then it's bite. Looking at it you think it's going to be a real strong, intense stick, but in all actually it smokes very smooth a fell right into the medium wheelhouse for me. I enjoyed the flavors as I do with most Broadleaf / Sumatra binder/wrappers. Wasn't overpowering but the 1st 3rd was more in the light-med range and I picked up some earth and again more wood/ nutty notes,  but the cigar didn't pick up into the medium range until the 2nd n last 3rd's. I enjoyed this section of the the cigar the most, and it did pick up in strength and aftertaste. Mine left quite a bit of oil on my lips and it was a sweet sensation mixed with the smoke. Again I only had the 1 small burn issue with the one and they were all fairly consistent in there delivery. Not overly complex, starts out in the light-medium range but picks up into a medium rather quickly, and this is where the transition in flavors was noticed as well. I didn't nub them but took them took a good 1" or 2" before tossing them out.

Summary

1st just like to thank my boy Byron for hooking me up with this Critique. Also to the site for the opportunity to review this cigar. All in all it's a solid cigar! I'd say it's box buy if you are an everyday smoker, this on could easily be worked into the rotation and you wouldn't get burned out on it to quickly. Just like explained earlier it feels and looks like a cigar should and you wouldn't be disappointed if you picked some up or someone offered you one. Not overly complex, but had some nice transitions and smoked smooth throughout. I didn't look up the price but I'd imagine a box wouldn't break the bank and you could work this in the rotation. Also like I mentioned it performed great on a windy golf course and those sticks can be hard to find lol, so if you're an avid golfer you might consider picking some of these up as well, because it gets annoying constantly baby sitting a cigar when you are trying to enjoy golf! Thanks again, interested to see the rest of the reviews!



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