Bolívar is one of the cigar brands that I keep stocked in my humidor; it is one of the stronger and more full bodied Cubans (great with coffee). They are, afterall, constructed at Partagas factory.
The brand itself was named after Simón Bolívar, whose claim to fame was liberating South America from Spanish rule.
These particular cigars, the Gold Medal, are La Casa del Habano exclusives and are such a treat to puff on (very earthy yet creamy). Having been discontinued in 1992, made exclusive to Germany in 2004, then reinstated in 2007, and again being discontinued in 2011, they fall into the “collectible” category.
After being gifted a cigar from a 2007 box to smoke during our own Independence Day, I was fortunate to acquire a couple of boxes.
Boxes of 10 from 2008 and 2009.
Curiously and kind of cool, the 2009 box was doubly-certified, and contains both the old and the new Cuban Government Warranty seals. This is actually quite normal and is a Cuban quality control measure. That is, from time to time, cigar boxes are opened to ensure the cigars are up to snuff and then the boxes are resealed.
Each cigar is presented in a beautiful half-wrapped gold wrapper, with the two labels actually attached to the metallic wrapper. They have a factory size name of Cervantes, which is really a Lonsdale (6.5 inches by 42).
Yep, these are going to be special occasion smokes.