2007 Bolivar Gold Medal

The Bolivar Gold Medal was a cigar that I’ve been keeping in my humidor for quite a while.  It was gifted to me by a friend in Jackson, MS and I was trying to save it for a special occasion.  No particular reason why, but I decided to just go ahead and break it out and smoke it.  So I go sit out in my man cave on a hot, humid night and I lit it up.  I don’t smoke too many Cuban cigars as my supply is limited, but lately I have been because……why wait?  I do like to age my cigars, Cubans especially since they develop so well over time, but I figured 6 years is long enough.  You CAN age them too long.  The Gold Medal was chosen as the sacrificial cigar this night.

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Pre-light

The cigar is wrapped in a gold foil paper wrapper which has protected the wrapper for any damage.  It has a sort of rustic looking wrapper that bumpy and quite mottled.  I cut the cap off, which was pretty well applied, and took a draw.  The draw was pretty hard.  I can barely get much air through the cigar.  Only having one of these, thought, I pushed on.  The only flavors I’m getting is a light tobacco and wood flavor off the draw.

First Half

I can barely get any smoke through the cigar.  Struggle as I might, I do get a little smoke through.  I get a nice mild spice and woody notes.  It actually much milder than I expected as Bolivar as usually one of the more potent lines in Cuba.  Still, nothing to impressive yet.

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Last Half

As the cigar burned down, the draw only got worse which was quite disappointing considering this was the only one I had.  The flavors did change a bit.  The cigar developed a nice sweetness that I wasn’t expecting.  Also, accompanying the sweetness, was a nuttiness that remind me of almonds.  Pretty good combo, but one I wish wasn’t disrupted by the horrible draw.  No telling what flavors and richness I’m missing because the draw is so bad.

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Overall Impressions

I’m very disappointed.  I had high hopes for this cigar, but like most Cubans these days, its a gamble on if you will get a smokeable cigar.  With Cubans, when they are on, they are spectacular.  When they are off, they complete unsmokeable.  This one was borderline.  If I had more, I would have definitely pitched it and got another.  As this was my only one, I just soldier through it.  The flavor I did get were promising, but they could never fully develop.  I should have also smoked this cigar when it was younger, but hindsight is 20/20.  Still, I would like to try it again.  One day.