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Holiday Smoke #3: Bolivar Gold Medal
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[Image: pi_3865.jpeg]


Size: 165mm (6.5 inches) X 42

MSRP: about $13

Construction: Beautifully presented, if a bit awkward to unwrap. I wasn't really sure HOW to get the foil off, but elected to start at the cap end and managed to get this well-made, nut-brown, triple-capped beauty out of all its festoonery . . . despite the smaller ring gauge, it punched beautifully.

Prelight Aroma: nuts, spice, and "twang."

Burn/Draw: Burn was even, with a few minor OCD touchups along the way. I relit once, but that was because I was watching UFC and got distracted. Big Grin Draw was firm but smooth.

Overall Smoking Experience: I found this a woody, earthy, peppery smoke. Excellent flavor, which became more and more intense as the smoke progressed. Slightly complex and very satisfying.

I think it will only become better and better with a "long winter's nap."

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#2
Nice review...they do look good.  Smile

Do you always punch?
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#3
Usually. I clip torpedoes and chisels, but punch anything that's bigger around than my punch. I like the draw better that way.

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#4
Great job man. I always punch too.
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#5
Nice review, I happen to like these a lot. Only tried one, and have set the rest aside to rest for about a year before I try another. I think these will age real well.
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#6
Great review!  Thanks for taking the time to do it!  I actually think they are good right now but I too am resting the balance of mine.
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#7
I had one of these and I loved it.  From the presentation, to the feel, to the taste, just great - but I am a Boli (and Partagas) whore.

Great review.  Love the pic too.
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#8
That is such a fantastic cigar. One of my most memorable smoking experiences of the year. The difficult part is keeping my hands off the rest.
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#9
Thanks NANP. Funny about the wrapper. Skipper had one Saturday and when he took the wrapper off there was a slight hole in the stogie.

I love to punch and V cut.
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#10
The German release 05's are beginning to smoke very, very well. 
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