2004 Bolivar Gold Medal: 5th Avenita ‘Wolters’ release

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A great BOTL gifted this to me when I arranged a private sale of a box of these on his behalf. These are the pre cursor release that Habanos did on behalf of Wolters in Germany, which led to the decision for Habanos to release these as part of their LCDH Exclusivo line.

Let’s see how this is progressing…..

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The 2004 Bolivar Gold Medal: 5th Avenita ‘Wolters’ release is an elegant looking cigar. it is a Cervantes vitola, has a 42 ring gauge and is 6.5 inches in length. There were 1,000 dress boxes of 10 cigars were released. Was the pre cursor to the LCDH Exclusivo Bolivar Gold Medal release globally.
*information courtesy of http://www.cubancigarwebsite.com

The wrapper is a leathery, light hue of brown. Aromas of earth, barnyard, milk chocolate and hazelnut emanate from the wrapper.

The construction is excellent. Nice and firm with a slight give when squeezed. A little wrapper damage but nothing to worry about. The triple cap looks great and the foot is packed.

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A quick twist of my multi punch and we are off to the races.

The draw is good. Nice airflow with a slight resistance. Just the way I like it.

Initial flavours from the cold draw are: toasted almonds, earth and a hint of cinnamon.

Time to take this to the flame….

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First Third
Very nice flavour profile. Toasted almonds, earth, hazelnuts and milk chocolate start us off. Strength is at a medium level. Well integrated and complex. Nice layering of flavours. Subtle and refined. Silky smooth. Off to a good start.

Retrohale brings roasted almonds with a touch of pepper and earth. Lovely as it moves through the nasal passages.

The after finish is lasting yet gentle on the palate. Great flavours and complexity. Wonderful layering of flavours. Starting with cocoa, earth and ending with hazelnuts and milk chocolate. A decade of age has really done wonders for this….

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Second third
More woody notes now with touches of hazelnut, caramel and earth. Strength is creeping up but stays in the medium category.

The retrohale brings almonds, earth and a touch of pepper. Getting more muscular as it moves through the nasal passages.

Long after finish. Really settles in on the palate. Fairly balanced but threatens to bring the smackdown. Nice layers of almonds and earth, followed by hazelnuts, caramel, woody notes, with pepper interlaced into the mix. Strength is creeping up but not out of hand. More dense and powerful on the palate than the previous third.

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FInal Third
This is determined to leave with a bang. The cigar has taken a ‘take no prisoners’ type of approach. Strength is medium full and the flavours have gleaned towards the more robust flavours for the final third. Earth, woody notes and pepper have taken the lead, meekly supported by caramel, almonds and haelnuts. A little unbalanced but still fairly enjoyable.

The retrohale is richer and more robust. earth, woody notes and pepper strongly assert themselves as they move through the nasal passages.

The after finish has much more power to it. Strong and steadfast on the palate. Much more robust than the previous thirds. Brings me to the conclusion that this can continue to age and evolve over time. The increase in strength really changes the flavour profile, focusing its efforts on emphasizing the richer flavours vs. the more delicate ones. Seems a little unbalanced at this stage.

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Final Impressions
This is a cigar that can continue to age gracefully over time. It’s one of those situations where you wished you knew the outcome prior to smoking it as you would have let it sit for a longer period in the humidor. Oh well, better to experience something than never have experienced it at all. Nice, evolving flavour profile and level of strength however, became a little discombobulated at the final third. Thanks to the great BOTL who gifted this to me to try.

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