Introduction:

Now almost a year removed from Covid-19, my taste and smell has been reduced to roughly 95% of what it used to be.  The things I can taste and smell is very random and it must be extremely potent for me to catch a sniff of it. (e.g.  I couldn’t smell a deer that died and was rotting in my back yard for over a week).  My lack of taste and smell coupled with my shitty writing skills makes me one of the worst possible cigar reviewers ever.  Compared to my fellow Stogie contributors who are quite the poets, I will be more Coach Beard than Ted Lasso in my reviews, meaning they will be fairly short.  But hey, there could be some men and women out there with a Covid ravaged nose, who don’t have the time for lengthy reviews, that might still like puffing on a good cigar and want to learn from my experiences.   Even though I cannot taste cigars like I used to, smoking a stogie is one of my favorite things to do, especially in the company of good friends.

Review:

Bolivar has been one of my favorite cigar brands ever since my lips touched a Cuban version of this brand in 2002.  That cigar was a life changer.  I received such a buzz, I initially thought it had been laced with something.  In fact, I hadn’t had a buzz like that from a cigar since I was 10 or 11 years old and stole a pull off my dad’s swisher sweet wood tip while he ran into the store (yes adults smoked in the vehicles with their kids back then).  Luckily, I happened to stumble upon the domestic Bolivars some years later and they have been one of my favorite inexpensive brands since.  Enough rambling that I claimed I wouldn’t do.  On to our cigar in the spotlight, the Bolivar Cofradia.  It was a beautiful fall evening last night.  It had been a few days since I had enjoyed a cigar and I went with the old faithful Bolivar.  Just seeing that label with Simon Bolivar’s picture on it makes me as giddy as seeing a set of boobs.  Regardless the size or shape, you know they are going to be wonderful.  Cofradias are made in Honduras with Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers, and an Ecuador Sumatra wrapper.  I am going by the information provided by the site where I purchased the cigars.  I have no f*cking clue if these tobacco origins are true or not, but in the end, does it really matter???  If the cigar tastes good to you, smoke it! 

Upon firing up the cigar, I immediately get that sense of smoke at the back of the throat.  It is a great sensation.  I am sensing that this cigar is strong (full) right out of the chute.  I can’t tell you that it’s nutty, peppery, or chocolatey, only that its smokey.  I really wish I could tell you that it tastes like a PB Max candy bar that was smoked on a pellet grill, but unfortunately, I can only tell you it tastes good! The middle third of the cigar seems to have mellowed it out a bit.  I am not getting the same strong taste I experienced in the first two dozen puffs.  Side note:  it was October 12th and the mosquitos were out last night.  It’s October, why the hell are mosquitos still out and bothering me?  A few puffs of Bolivar smoke around my body seemed to solve the problem.  So, at a minimum, this cigar may provide you with some natural bug repellent. Heading into the last third of the cigar.  I am sensing that the flavor is building and getting spicy.  Being that I use a punch on the end of my cigar, it is building flavor as the smoke is drawn through the small opening. 

Conclusion

The draw throughout the whole cigar was smooth and easy.  It burned evenly without developing a runner, which is always nice.  Nothing worse than a good cigar ruined by an endless runner.  I enjoyed this cigar from beginning to end.  I would rate this cigar at 90. Don’t confuse my rating with a cigar aficionado rating.  I have no idea how the hell those numbers are derived.     

Recommended Pairing:  coffee (my favorite with a Bolivar cigar), single malt peaty scotch, dark beer

Recommended Activities:  golfing fishing, hunting, lawnmowing, lounging, post coitus, etc…

Cost:  $5 – $7 MSRP which is an inexpensive cigar that is well worth a try.

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