If you are wondering what the Multilocal Brand classification means, it is a brand with signficant interest in the Habanos portfolio. It is not as heavily produced as a Cohiba Robusto, which is a Global Brand, but its production is more than the Trinidad brand which is a Niche Brand. Habanos S.A. classifies the Bolívar line as being full in body, and as they say, "Bolívar is among the strongest, most full bodied of all Habanos. It boasts an unrivalled richness of flavour in its blend of Vuelta Abajo region tobaccos that makes it one of the most sought-after marques amongst experienced smokers." While the Belicosos Finos is probably the most well known vitola in the Bolívar line, my favorite vitola is the Royal Coronas.
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As I light up the robusto, I am immediately greeted with the warm and comforting flavors of hay, Asian spices, coffee and wood. As I get further into the first third I begin to get some soft cocoa notes, and that barnyard flavor profile is still dominant and enjoyable. The flavors are really balanced with this cigar, and it is rich cigar, but not too rich. I would say the strength level of the cigar is right around medium full for me, and it is a perfect cigar for anytime of the day. The burn line is slightly wavy with the cigar, not uncommon, but it is still fairly even and producing a nice solid gray colored ash. So far this is a great opening to a fabulous cigar, and I look forward to the second third.
When I get into the second third, there is really a continuation in terms of flavor and strength from the first third, but there are some additions as well. I am getting a nice bit of leather, wood spices and barnyard on the forefront, but it has a lovely finish of nuts, toast, coffee and cocoa. It is definitely a complex cigar with those rich characteristics, and very flavorful. This cigar is always consist to me, and provides those core flavors from cigar to cigar. While a Cohiba can be terrific, there are times when it is lacking. Consistency is a major problem with Cohiba Robustos, in my opinion, and I don't get that with the Bolis. The burn line in this third has corrected itself, and I am getting a nice even burn line with a solid gray ash. The strength is still around that medium full level, and I am getting a great amount of smoke rings with each exhale.
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When it comes to robustos and double coronas, it is hard to top those that are being produced in Cuba. I honestly believe they set the benchmark for these two vitolas, and they do so because they offer so many great cigars in those sizes. When I think of great robusto, I think of the Bolívar Royal Corona, but there are so many other great ones as wall such as the Partagás Serie D No. 4, Cohiba Robusto, Hoyo Epicure No. 2, and the Ramón Allones Specially Selected. I am not saying that there are no good non-Cuban robustos, I just feel that these are classics. The Bolívar Royal Corona has always delivered in every department for me, and they offer this great classic old school flavor profile to them. The cigars I have been smoking lately have been resting since 2008, and they are burning wonderfully, smoking cool, and producing a great amount of flavor with a nice solid strength level. One of my favorite cigars, this is a cigar that I will smoke for the rest of my life, I give this cigar a 95.