It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a vintage Cuban cigar. The Bolívar Coronas Extra in the Franciscos size is a 5.6×44 cigar that was discontinued in 2012. The cigar I will be smoking for this review is from 1998. This cigar is, of course, blended with all Cuban tobacco. It has a gorgeous appearance with the slightest box press from all the years in its box.
The wrapper offers an earthy aroma, while the foot gives off the same with an addition of a tobacco aroma. The cold draw is snug with orange peel and cedar flavor. Once lit, the cigar opens up with the perfect resistance. On the draw, I pick up creamy wood alongside a light cinnamon flavor. Through the nose, the smoke is smooth with more creamy and buttery wood on top of a slight earth. The finish offers a hint of black pepper spice paired with a coffee and almond mix.
After twenty-five minutes, the first third closes out. The smoke is smooth and delectable. On the draw, I find cedar alongside a noticeable orange peel note and a hint of caramel. Through the nose, I pick up buttery earth with hay and leather. The finish offers creamy wheat flavor on top of a mild black pepper spice and toast. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
Forty-five minutes in, the second third ends. I find toast and leather with more of the distinct orange peel flavor on the draw. The retro-hale treats me to roasted coffee on top of very buttery hay. The finish changes to a mix of clove, salty almond, and wheat. Strength and body both continue to be in the medium range.
The final third gets me to one hour and ten minutes. I smoke the cigar down until it burns my fingers. On the draw, I find some graham cracker flavor paired with black pepper and toast. Through the nose, a floral earth makes an appearance and compliments coffee and hay. The finish is long with creamy wheat, notes of citrus, and some leather. Strength and body finish out at the medium mark.
This Bolívar Coronas Extra is a fine example of how great Cuban cigars really can be. Not all cigars age well, but this old blend does so in wonderful fashion. Construction is absolutely perfect, and the age on this thing refines the mix of complex flavors it offers. The smoke is smooth and creamy with just enough strength and body to not get lost on the palate. It’s a shame Cuba would discontinue such a long standing, delicious blend. If you can find these, make sure you snatch them up. I recommend these as a must-have.