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15-07-2009, 11:48 PM
This is taken from my blog @ http://blog.stevegriff.com

Tonightís smoke is the Bolivar Lonsdale. One of my favourite brands, historically the Bolivar range offers a full flavoured smoke, with earth, leather and mocha being the main tasting notes.

http://blog.stevegriff.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/dsc01458.jpgThe Bolivar ready to go

Criminally out of fashion in these times, the Lonsdale size is a slender smoke. While the general Cigar population has moved over to the more stubbier sizes of the Robustoís and Edmundoís, many people still see longer slender Cigars as much better smokes because of their suave flavour.
The naturally slender size of the Lonsdale seems to help keep the flavour of the balance much more centred. Slowly smoked, Lonsdaleís seem to give a flavourful, balanced smoke that helps is a joy to behold.

Anyway to the smoking. As usual, cutting the Cigar was no problem with my Paleo cutter. Very smooth, easy draw. Light the match, toast the foot, and away we go. The first few puffs gives a distinct earthy tones wth a little bit of toast and faint Mocha flavours. Just a little bit of Coffee in there; not much, but very satisiying.



A third in, the earthy tones gets a little more pronounced while the toast flavour subsides a little while the Mocha comes through just a little more. The Bolivar smokes very easy going, it seems not to gather my attention too much, just like a good Cigar should.

Half way in, true to itís form, the earthy tones keeps on coming through nice and steady, while the burn keeps itself nicely in check. Very elegant. Unlike some Bolivarís this vitola seems a little more balanced.

Towards the end the Cigar got naturally stronger, due to it getting slightly hotter. I found this smoking cooler than most other Cigars I have tried, so that was a big bonus to me, who has a shameful habit of nubbing his stogies.


Overall, a fine Lonsdale and one of the more elegant smokes of the Bolivar range. I think Bolivar Gold Medal is a little more stronger but the ones of those I have smoked in the past were relatively young so they might mellow slightly towards the flavour profile of the Lonsdale. However, I cannot really vouch for that theory as I didnít know the age of this particular Lonsdale I was smoking.

Appearance: 13/15
Draw & Burn: 19/20
Flavour & Complexity: 25/30
Overall: 31/35
Total: 88/100

16-07-2009, 06:35 AM
Great review Steve

IMO very underrated size the Lonsdale...

Always fancied trying the Boli Gold Medal and now after reading your review, its a must...

Cheers, HabanoSy

16-07-2009, 06:44 AM
Very insightful review, Steve. :smoke:

Just had my first Bolivar Gold Medal (which you refer to) the other evening. My first Lonsdale. It was a powerful, beautiful smoke.

I will look out for Bolivar you recommend here.

16-07-2009, 05:55 PM
Excellent review Steve. Great pics too. Loving the ashtray :thumb:

16-07-2009, 06:19 PM
Thanks for the comments guys. I'll see if I can keep this as a common recurrence.

16-07-2009, 09:11 PM
Good read about a good smoke there Steve. Not had the pleasure yet, but it gets the juices flowing.

16-07-2009, 09:26 PM
I have a real soft spot for the Gold Medal, just wish they didn't half wrap it in that kitchen foil. lol Does anyone know if there is any reason for the foil past looking pretty?

16-07-2009, 11:23 PM
Does anyone know if there is any reason for the foil past looking pretty?

I reckon it must be to look slutty and draw you in. Those GMs are such whores :rolleyes:

17-07-2009, 12:15 AM
Nice review Steve! I almost want to go out and buy one right now. However, I'm not sure I'm ready for the Bolivar experience yet... :eek:

17-07-2009, 08:45 AM
Nice review Steve! I almost want to go out and buy one right now. However, I'm not sure I'm ready for the Bolivar experience yet... :eek:

I find Bolivar Petit Coronas a good introductory smoke to the brand. Has all hallmarks but without the bite in ass. :cowboyic9:

17-07-2009, 10:07 AM
Nice review Steve :thumb:
Pity the pictures have dissapeared today :(
Now off to try and find out if there was a reason other than decoration for the BGM's Gold Foil :nerd:

17-07-2009, 10:23 AM
Pity the pictures have dissapeared today :(

They're back now - mistake on my part :frown:


17-07-2009, 10:38 AM
Talking about Lonsdales, I tend to use the Hoyo desDieux as my "driving long distances" smoke. It's amazing how good it tastes when you're not concentrating on the cigar but the road!

I do tend to keep Lonsdales for special occasions however.