October 17, 2015

Foundry Heritage Bolivar 550 (Robusto) (5 x 50)

Video review HERE.

It starts with an optical lesson in history. Right on the box, bolivar cigars are named for Simon Bolivar. The legendary liberator who led wars of independence in South America. The brand began in Cuba in the 1900's. Its classic taste reimagined by Foundry Tobacco Company. The cigar contains tobacco from six countries.

Wrapper: USA Habano Connecticut
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico & Nicaragua

Available in these sizes:
660 6x60 $7.49
652 6x52 $6.99
550 5x50 $6.49 (REVIEWED TODAY)

I previously reviewed the sister cigar to the Bolivar, the Ramon Allones. Both are new cigars from Foundry Tobacco Company for General Cigars.

The cigar has a nice oily wrapper. It also has a nice pigtail cap and an unfinished foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were dark notes; black coffee, dark chocolate, sweet boysenberry, and a touch of molasses. There was black pepper rated at a 7 1/2. 

Just over an inch in there are some flavor changes. The sweet boysenberry notes now have a sweetness from a marshmellow cream. The coffee is a nice level at the base. The dark chocolate notes are secondary to the sweeter flavors. The molasses notes are overshadowed by the other sweeter notes. The black pepper may have ticked up a notch. The finish is a toasted cream with some nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied.

The ash remained intact until close to the midpoint. The boysenberry notes are transitioning into a straight sweet cedar. The marshmello cream is still attached. There are quite a bit of the dark chocolate notes. The black coffee is now even in strength to the sweeter flavors. There are flashed of dry wood from time to time. The cigar is medium to full bodied at this point. The finish is unchanged.

The cigar ended around the 45 minuted point. I enjoyed the sweet notes of marshmellow cream on the boysenberry and cedar. The coffee was very good and the black pepper was also. The finish was unchanged, but nice. This cigar is similar in many ways to the Ramon Allones that I previously reviewed; very dark noted. The price point is very good and well worth a try.

Score: 90

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