2007 Edicion Regional Canada Bolivar Simones revisited…

 

Time to bid Varadero adieu as all good things must come to an end.  I thought it would be fitting to finish my latest cuban trip with a canadian edicion regional.  Who knows.  This might end up to be a tradition. Lol.

The 2007 Edition Regional Canada Bolivar Simones is a Hermosos No. 4  vitola that come in at a 48 ring gauge and is 5 inches in length.  There were 600 numbered 50 cab slide lid boxes released in 2007.  An additional 1,200 numbered 25 count slide lid boxes were released in 2008.  It is rumoured that the 50 count boxes were not selling well and they were recalled and repackaged into 25 count boxes.

Lets see how this is progressing….

The 2007 Edicion Regional Canada Bolivar Simones is a goldilocks cigar. Not too big.  Not too small.  Just right.

The wrapper is a light chestnut hue of brown.  Aromas of barnyard, cream, leather and earth, with touches of woodiness emanate from the wrapper.

The construction is excellent.  Firm with a slight give when squeezed.  The rounded triple cap looks good and the foot is packed.

A quick snap of my Palio cutter and we are ready to fire this up.

The draw is good.  Nice airflow with a slight resistance.

Initial flavours from the cold draw are: Earth, leather, cocoa and woody notes

Time to take this to the flame….

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First third

Rich flavour profile to start. Cedar, leather, earth and cocoa hit the palate off the get go. Strength is at a medium level.

The draw and smoke production are excellent.  The burn is razor sharp and the ash is a ‘dirty’ greyish black.

The retrohale has some heft to it.  Earth, cedar, leather and cocoa move through the nasal passages like they are on a mission.

The after finish is rich and robust without being obtrusive.  Nice layers of cocoa, cedar, leather and earth linger on the palate for days.  Well balanced between flavours and strength.  The weight of the flavour profile is nice, despite the richness of the flavours.

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Second third

This is smoking beautifully now. Age has really brought the flavours together. Cocoa, earth, leather and cedar with touches of eucalyptus and cream.  Well rounded with nice depth.

The retrohale is tantalizing as cedar, earth and cocoa move effortlessly through the nasal passages

The after finish just lingers on the palate for days.  Nice layers of cedar, leather and earth, followed by cocoa and touches of cream and eucalyptus. Lots of nuance within the flavour profile as slight changes of which flavours get emphasized on the palate with each draw.

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Final third

Cedar, leather and earth move up in the flavour continuum as cocoa, cream and eucalyptus act as accents. Inflections of roasted nut come in and out of focus, adding another depth to the flavour profile.

The retrohale has more depth to it as well as leather, earth, cedar and roasted nuts move in unison down the nasal passages.

The after finish has a nice texture to it.  Layers of cedar, earth and leather, accented by roasted nuts and touches of eucalyptus and cream.  The strength allows the flavours to linger gently on the palate.  Impressive seeing that the flavours are fairly rich.  Excellent balance between the strength and flavours.

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Final Impressions

This is a great cigar.  Lots of nuance and complexity.  Nice interplay within the flavours and excellent balance between strength and flavours.  Time in the humidor has allowed the flavours to integrate nicely as there is a lack of harshness and a harmony within the flavour profile that is stunning.

This will be a cigar that I will always look forward to smoking.  Glad a great BOTL had the foresight to push me to purchase a few boxes when they were available…

 

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