It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a popular Cuban cigar. The Bolívar Libertador is a 6.4×54 stick rolled in 2013 as an exclusive for La Casa del Habano. This blend was originally released as a French regional cigar in 2006, and it was so popular they came out with this release. The wrapper gives off a citrus and leather smell. Out of the foot, there is a raisin aroma with some more tobacco.
On the cold draw, I pick up light wood with some tobacco. Once lit, the cigar treats me to some grassy cedar. The retro-hale gives me more cedar, and the finish is spicy.
After forty minutes, the first third comes to a close. The draw gives me creamy toast with green earth and a mix of caramel and chocolate. On the retro-hale, I pick up an acidic coffee with creamy cedar. The finish is long with spicy leather, hazelnut, and honey. Strength is in the mild-to-medium range, and the body is at the medium mark.
The second third finishes at one hour and twenty-five minutes. A creamy, spicy cedar is present on the draw with notes of coffee and pretzel. Through the nose, I get a floral earth and some salty caramel. On the finish, there is some roasted almond alongside leather and honey graham cracker. Strength and body are both at the medium mark.
The final third closes out at two hours and twenty minutes. There is an increase in spicy cedar on the draw with roasted coffee and leather. On the retro-hale, I pick up a hay note with tree bark and some creamy caramel. The finish continues to be long with a pleasant toast note, creamy honey, and a very smooth pretzel. Strength and body end at the medium mark.
This cigar was actually so good and remained cool enough that I did not put it down after my recap of the final third. I continued smoking it all the way down to the nub and closed out my smoking time at a little under three hours with the cigar on the end of a skewer.
Overall, the Libertador is one for the record books. It quickly climbed into my list of favorites and is something I highly recommend to every seasoned cigar smoker. They aren’t cheap, falling in the $17-$25 range, but they are one of those smokes that’s worth every penny. Age has treated the blend well, and it will continue to improve as the years go by. Not often do you find a cigar with such complexity and balance. I can’t explain how creamy and thick the smoke was throughout, and construction was spot on minus a wonky burn here and there. This cigar is a classic example of what Cuban cigars should be, and I absolutely loved it.
Get yo’ smoke on!
Cuban Cigars are expensive in the United Kingdom. If you’re ever in Düsseldorf you could get a bunch of great cigars inexpensively, so much so that even with airfare you could come out cheaper.