Welcome to the new Stogie Voice (formerly known as The Stogie Sampler). Thanks to everyone who chimed in various ways with various name suggestions for this new audio only feature.
Walt reviewed the Bolivar (Dominican) back in June and since I had one of these sitting in my humidor for the last three months, I thought I’d give it a shot and see what my taste buds make of it.
My opinion of the Bolivar (Dominican) wasn’t too far off of Walt’s. I was disappointed and actually grew pretty frustrated with this Bolivar requiring relight after relight. I’m sorry but when a cigar carrys the name Bolivar I expect something a bit more stable. I also found the bitter flavor profile offensive. I don’t know about you but I don’t like the taste of bitter coffee. Its like drinking the last cup of coffee that has been sitting on the office warmer for 6 hours. Add to that the dry, salty finish and I was just disappointed by the Bolivar (Dominican).
Maybe I went into the review with high expectations. The Connecticut Medio Tiempo binder is the same binder you will find on the Partagas Black and knowing how much I love the Partagas Black had me really excited about the Bolivar (Dominican). Well give me a Partagas Black any day over the Bolivar (Dominican). Maybe its unfair to compare these two cigars based soley on the two having the same binder and a similar filler but when one of the selling points used to market the Bolivar (Dominican) is to add a blurb about it sharing the same binder that you find on the Partagas Black, you’re just asking for it to be compared.
If I were you, I’d stay clear of the Bolivar (Dominican).
P.S. – I was able to figure out the “chipmunk” effect problem I was having with the mp3. So this is in mp3 format so everyone should have no problems listening. Also look for The Stogie Voice Podcast available soon on iTunes.