As one would expect from a brand that is named after such a powerful figure, this cigar is full bodied. Bolivar is simply one of the richest and most commanding brands within the Habanos portfolio. Although not for the novice, these traits are what make it one of the most sought-after names amongst more experienced cigar smokers.
The full gauge of the Belicoso Fino, combined with the tapered end of this Campana shape, which means “bell” in Spanish, creates the ideal format for a robust blend of leaves. The Belicoso Fino is presented either in labelled boxes or Cabinet Selection bundles of 25 cigars. The cigars in bundles are now banded.
In 2007 Cigar Aficionado described this cigar as “A gorgeous torpedo gleaming with oils. It has a near perfect draw that imparts a luxuriously textured smoke rich with profound wood and tobacco flavours”. Then, when revisiting the cigar in 2010 went on to say “The smoke has a velvety texture and is full of toast, earth and cedary flavours that cohere to a floral, herbaceous finish”. They also scored it an impressive 92 out of 100.
Min Ron NEE, in ‘An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post Revolution Havana Cigars’ describes the Belicosos Finos as a ‘Suave Bolivar’ with ‘earthy, subtle “tangy” fruity flavours’. He goes on to add ‘Bolivar is one of my favourite brands. If I was condemned to smoke only one brand, I have no hesitation that Bolivar would be the choice’.
Commercial Name: Belicosos Finos Factory Name: Campana Dimensions: 5½” (140mm) x 52 ring gauge Flavour category: Full Production method: Totally handmade using long filler with all leaves sourced from the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba Presentations: 25-cigar Cabinet (SLB)
Simon Bolivar was one of the great historic figures of the 19th Century who liberated much of South America from Spanish rule.
The Bolivar brand was created in 1902 and is based today in the Partagas factory which is in the heart of Havana.
It is perhaps not surprising that a Habano named after such a powerful figure is blended to match his might. Bolivar is among the strongest, most full bodied of all Habanos. It boasts an unrivalled richness of flavour in its blend of Vuelta Abajo zone filler and binder tobacco that makes it one of the most sought-after marques amongst experienced smokers.
Length: 5 1/8" Ring Gauge: 42 Flavour: Full Vitola: Mareva
As one would expect from a cigar brand named after such a powerful figure, this cigar is rich and full bodied. It is simply one of the richest and commanding brands within the Habanos portfolio. Although this is certainly not a cigar for the novice, these traits are what make it one of the most sought-after marques among more experienced cigar smokers.
The full gauge of the Royal Coronas (known as a Robusto within Cuban cigar factories) creates the ideal format for this muscular blend of leaves, creating a cigar of exceptional balance.
Cigar Aficionado recently reviewed this cigar, scoring it an impressive 94 out of 100 saying “Current Bolivar RCs (Royal Coronas) seem to take their inspiration from what we consider one of the golden ages for Cuban smokes, the late 1980s and early 1990s. That was when Cuban cigarmakers created and made some of their best cigars. “They also made it their Cigar Of The Year in 2006.
Min Ron NEE, in ‘An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post Revolution Havana Cigars’ describes the royal Coronas as ‘Suave’ with ‘earthy and peppery flavours’. He goes on to add ‘Bolivar is one of my favourite brands. If I was condemned to smoke only one brand, I have no hesitation that Bolivar would be the choice’.
Commercial Name: Royal Coronas Factory Name: Robusto Dimensions: 4 7/8” (124mm) x 50 ring gauge Flavour category: Full Production method: Totally handmade using long filler with all leaves sourced from the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba Presentations: Labelled box of 25 untubed and labelled box of 10 tubed cigars
The Linea BHK swept all before it when the three sizes were launched in 2010, and yet it was the smallest, the BHK 52, that was awarded the prestigious Cigar Aficionado ‘Cigar of the Year’ in the same year. A stunning and unique taste from Havana.
Line: La Linea BHK Flavour: Full Vitola: Laguito No.4 Ring Gauge: 52 Length: 4 3/4 Inches / 119mm
The number of a BHK stands for its ring gauge, so this stout model boasts a diameter of 54/64ths of an inch, which leaves plenty of room for the fourth component in the filler – the Medio Tiempo – that brings a startling intensity to the flavour.
Line: La Linea BHK Flavour: Full Vitola: Laguito No.5 Ring Gauge: 54 Length: 5 5/8 Inches / 144mm
These mareva sized cigars – 5 1/8″ (129mm) x 42 ring gauge – are presented in tins of five and are the second of two products to be released by Habanos S.A under the ‘Linea Retro’ title, following on from the Romeo y Julieta Club Kings earlier in the year.
The retro metal tin, inspired by pocket cigar cases that were much in vogue in the 1970s, makes these new additions eminently portable and quite stylish. The original 1970’s cases are now much sought after by collectors around the world, fetching high prices at auction.
These cigars have been rolled to the distinct full-flavoured blend that has made Partagas such a favourite over the years and have been made “totalmente a mano con tripa larga”- totally handmade with long filler. All of the filler, binder and wrapper leaves used in making these cigars are harvested from the best tobacco-growing plantation in the Vuelta Abajo area in Pinar del Río, Cuba.
The years that these cigars have spent resting in Cuba, in ideal conditions, have mellowed some of the more robust characteristics associated with Partagas. What remains is a superb and well-balanced smoke with a rare delicacy.
VITOLA: Corona Gorda RING GAUGE: 46 LENGTH: 5 5/8 inches - 143 mm FLAVOUR: Full YEAR: 2016
The shortest but also the widest of the three sizes in a Maduro series, this cigar also has the distinction of being the only figurado. A short but powerful cigar ideally suited for after a hearty meal.
VITOLA: Short Pirmides RING GAUGE: 55 LENGTH: 4 3/4 inches - 120 mm FLAVOUR: Full
Despite its name this was the second of the Maduro Linea to be released in the UK. The dark wrappers add a slight sweetness as a top taste and helps create an innovative cigar of depth and character that still remains true to the classic Partagas taste.
VITOLA: Maduro No.3 RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 3/4 inches - 145 mm FLAVOUR: Full
Following the success of a limited edition version of this size in 2008 the Serie D No.5 joined the ranks of Partagas’s standard sizes in 2011. Its tobacco leaves are selected and aged according to the normal criteria for the brand.
VITOLA: D No.5 RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 3/8 inches - 110 mm FLAVOUR: Full
Although only 3 1/2 inches (90mm) long, this cigar has all the hallmarks of the Partagas brand. It is a rich, earthy, peppery and powerful as you would expect from Havana's most popular full flavoured cigar brand.
VITOLA: D No.6 RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 3 1/2 inches - 90 mm FLAVOUR: Full