The Rocha Cuban Cigar Company started producing cigars in 1902. They became Bolivar, one of the best-known cigar brands now. The brand named themselves after General Simon Bolivar, who freed a part of South America from Spanish hands at the beginning of the 19th century. Bolivar cigars became famous after it was taken over by the Cifuent family in 1954, when Jose Fernandez Rocha died. Cifuentes also took over La Gloria Cubana which was owned by Rocha. Bolivar's production of cigars then moved to one of the most famous cigar producing factories of Cuba: Partagas. Which is located in the middle of Havana just behind the Capitol. Even now cigars are produced there.
Bolívar is a current pre-revolution brand, established in 1902. It is classed by Habanos SA as a multi-local brand, and has a minor market share. The range comprises full strength cigars using tobacco from the premium Vuelta Abajo region.
The Bolivar royal Coronas is described as rich and beautifully balanced medium-full body - opening on the lighter side of medium straight in with lovely, oily flavors of creamy coffee and cocoa powder with just a light peppery spice through the nose. The first third of the cigar is in complexity with a subtle undertone of sweet leather and brown sugar, remaining creamy and very balanced. Almost as if it were aged a lot longer than one year. The complexity is considerable but so beautifully balanced that it all melds together. The second and final third become fuller bodied with more delicate milk chocolate, some dark chocolate powdery notes and a darker coffee coming through. The Bolivar royal Coronas cigar occasionally touches of dried fruits came through and a little sweeter spice. It smoked right to the fingertips before showing any signs of becoming too hot and harsh. Despite already tasting incredible and balanced these will obviously age well and a few more years will likely bring out some extra subtleties.