Bolivar Royal Corona

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to put together a guest post for my good friends here at The Cigar Nut so I decided to pick a special cigar to make up for lost time. Today’s Cuban cigar review will be on the Bolivar Royal Corona. I purchased a 10 box of these a few months ago that had about 2 years of age on them. I’ve gone through about half the box and will be giving my final thoughts on this cigar here.

Bolivar Royal Corona


Bolivar is a popular name in Cuban cigars and has been around for well over 100 years. The name Bolivar actually comes from a Venezualan warrior who was born in the late 1700’s. His name was Simon Bolivar and he was responsible for the liberation of his country and some surrounding countries. The brand was started by the Jose Rocha Company and production was held in the El Crepusculo factory. Later down the line, the brand was acquired by Menendez, Garcia y Cia.

Bolivar Royal Corona

I’ve always known the Bolivar line to be one of quality and variety with vitolas ranging from the small Purito size all the way up to the Coronas Giagantes (Churchhill). The Royal Corona is their Robusto offering and comes both in a flashy red tube and an untubed version. It regularly makes the top 10 list of best selling Cuban cigars in Canada. I’m sure it’s competitive price point plays a factor in that, making itself one of the lower priced robusto vitolas in the Cuban market. Let’s see if it’s price is it’s only attraction or if this is actually a quality cigar…

Bolivar Royal Corona

Cigar: Bolivar Royal Corona
Drink: Unibroque Brewery – Maudite
Vitola: Box-Pressed Robusto (4.875 x 50)
Wrapper: Cuba
Binder: Cuba
Filler: Cuba
Price: About $8-10 in Cuba
Burn Time: 10:30-

Construction:
· A nice clean box pressed shape
· Very clean triple cap
· A nice dark brown colored wrapper
· Just a tiny bit of spring and a nice even firmness through the length of the stick
· Foot appears very well packed
· No major veins to be seen, even the lines of the leaf are hard to detect
· In terms of most Cuban’s, this is probably one of the cleaner ones in terms on construction
· Cut was very clean and even
· Draw is a bit more open then I’d like but nothing that would ruin the experience

Bolivar Royal Corona

Burn:
· Toasting was fairly quick but perfectly even
· The burn line started off nice and straight but is getting a bit wavy about a half inch into the cigar
· The cigar is correcting itself before any major burn issues occur but it still remains a bit wavy
· The burn kept itself lit fairly well without the need for me to pay much attention to it, jsut needed a little extra help near the nub
· The wrapper stopped burning near the end despite my efforts to fix it but there wasn’t much left, I decided to set it down rather than fight with it

Bolivar Royal Corona

Smoke & Ash:
· A moderate amount of smoke, just enough
· A small amount of resting smoke as the cigar sits in the ashtray, gives off a very nice cedar aroma
· Ash is fairly strong and tight with just a bit of flaking
· The color of the ash is a nice light gray with some darker accents
· Held on for close to 2 inches before gently tapping it into the ashtray
· Approaching the half-way mark, the smoke became much fuller

Tasting Notes:
· Wrapper has a nice woodsy and earthy aroma to it with a hint of vanilla-like sweetness
· The foot brings out more of the earthiness and adds a touch of spice to the nose
· Pre-light draw was very earthy, almost dirt-like with a good helping of peppery spice
· Initial draws are a burst of woodsy with a touch of spice, the earthiness is pretty much gone
· Retrohale has no bite but brings a touch of spice with a smooth cedar finish
· Just past an inch, the initial vanilla aroma I caught is slowly making it’s way into the woodsy mix as the spice slowly tapers off, a very nice transition
· Body has mostly been mild, coming close to medium but not quite there
· As I pass the half-way mark, the retrohale has picked up a nice little bite and the flavors are melding together nicely, adding in a toasted bread type of flavor now
· The body began to pick up a bit in the last 2 inches, making itself a hefty medium
· Some burnt wood type of flavor started creeping in here too, the vanilla has tapered off as well
· A bit of harshness crept in near the last inch, a small purge seemed to help a bit

Final Thoughts:
This is a great cigar, especially for the price paid. It’s complexity and range of flavors is often compared to the Cohiba Robusto but for a significantly more attractive price point. I wouldn’t go that far but you can read Tony’s thoughts on the Cohiba Robusto on CasasFumando.com(http://www.casasfumando.com/?p=1062) and judge for yourself. It’s burn was a bit wavy throughout but always corrected any major concerns before they became problems. From the group of them I’ve smoked through, all the draws have been quite good, not suffering from the usual tightness associated with a lot of Cubans. The flavors offered a few dimensions and great transitions between them. The mild-medium body makes it a great choice for any smoker and its consistent quality makes it a smart purchase.

Bolivar Royal Corona

Pairings:
The Maudite is a hard beer to describe. It is a strong beer, clocking in at 8% alc./vol. But it goes down so smoothly you’d think that number was a lot smaller. This ale comes in a compressed and corked bottle and the froth you get upon pouring it is nothing short of legendary. The Unibroque brewery is based out of Quebec, Canada and also has the popular La Fin du Monde as part of it’s inventory. It is an unfiltered beer and has a smoky amber appearance in my glass. The flavors are fantastic ranging from a slight hoppy bitterness, fruity, spicy and damn smooth. If you haven’t had the Maudite or any of Unibroque’s other offerings they are definitely worth checking out. Some other good pairings to go with this cigar would include a scotch, cognac, coffee or soda.

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