I received this cigar from another Swiss aficionado who is running the blog cigar.land during the presentation of the Partagas book from Amir.
I never tried those before therefore I was really looking forward to smoke that Grand Corona sized cigar, an Hermosos No. 2.
The smell's is really good... cedar wood, some pepper and leather... I just tend to call it some kinda brutish! I am sure that this is one of those smokes which is more Bolivar-like with strong flavors, that's what I am expecting after that cold smell.
Let's fire it up... cut the cap... then the first puff.. a mouthful of exotic spices... intensive woody notes and aromas of fresh herbs... all very intensive and definitely not on the light side. The woody aromas fade a way after a while but the herbs and spices are present during the first third.
With the beginning of the second third white pepper starts to distinguish, bites a little bit in the nose while nose-exhaling, but the taste is very pleasant. Some earthiness is coming up, fighting its way in this strong profile mixed with some damp greenery and oak wood.
The last third is dominated by two very characteristic flavors: leather and earth. That's what I would expect of a typical Bolivar. The aroma is very intensive and the cigar itself is strong, it needs a good meal before. There are still some hints of pepper and from time to time I can taste some cilantro...
It's very easy to nub this cigar down during a smoking time of 120 minutes, draw and burn are really perfect, the flavor is great. There's no reason to complain!