The Libertador is a big beast. Have no doubt. It’s the same size as the legendary Cohiba Sublimes Limited Edition of 2004 and the Montecristo Sublimes 2008. The ring gauge is a thick 54 with a length of 6.4 inches.
The Bolivar was introduced by Habanos in 2013 as an LCDH release following an earlier outing in 2006/7 as a French RE. The first release met with cautious approval as it was deemed a little young but the vitola has now clearly got into it’s stride and is becoming a serious challenger to it’s senior cousins the MC and the Cohiba.
First appearances are good with a wonderful colorado maduro wrapper with a lovely oily appearance. Unlit the draw is very good. First impressions after lighting are of cream, chocolate and spice. There is also a certain earthiness that whilst not bold underlines its heritage as a member of the Bolivar family. As the enjoyment of this stick progresses it is apparent that this is a medium to full bodied Havana that has plenty of capacity for further ageing. Smoking duration is about one and a half to two hours.
Some reviewers have pointed out that the Libertador is not unlike the Corona Gigantes. I’m not sure there is any similarity other than a general resemblance to the rest of the Bolivar family. If anything I would suggest a touch of the Belicosos Finos-especially those from SLB’s.
Overall this is could be a great cigar and whilst it is currently scoring in the early 90’s I feel quite confident that it is capable of reaching the upper 90’s (perhaps even 97-98) after 4 or 5 years of careful storage.