BOLIVAR BELICOSO FINO

BOLIVAR BELICOSO FINO


Perhaps the single most consistently full-bodied smoke that Cuba produces, the Bolivar Belicoso Fino is a perennial favorite for those favoring strong Cuban smokes. It's named after Simon Bolivar, who lead the effort to liberate much of South America from Spain. Consider him the George Washington of America's Southern hemisphere. The brand was created in 1902 and features a bold, prominent portrait of the man on both the bands and the boxes. The Belicoso Fino is the only figurado in the Bolivar line, which is probably why it registers as the strongest smoke across the brand. The fairly heavy ring gauge provides an abundance of smoke while the tapered head concentrates it before it reaches the palate, resulting in an elementally earthy smoke, heavy in minerals, raw cocoa and coffee bean. But the tapered head also adds a piquancy to the already full-bodied cigar. Strong and earthy, Bolivar Belicoso Finos are offered in both wooden slide-lid cabinets and paper-lined dress boxes. Some believe that the cedary environment of cabinets are ideal for long-term aging, while others prefer the neutrality of paper. The cigars we smoked for this test were from traditional dress boxes (with a March 2015 production stamp), so they were packaged as 13 cigars on the top row, 12 cigars on the bottom, causing the tightly packed Belicosos to take on the kind of squarish, box-pressed appearance that cannot be achieved in a cabinet.

SCORE
94
points
COUNTRY
Cuba
GAUGE
52 52
STRENGTH
Full
Full

Details

Body: Full


Size: Figurado


Ring Gauge: 52


Length: 5 1/2"


Filler: Cuba


Binder: Cuba


Wrapper: Cuba


Issue Cigar Aficionado – January 1, 2016


Price: £17.96


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Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale