It was my friends 30th birthday the other day and I forgot to bring some smokes. It's a good thing he had received some Bolivars from a buddy earlier, Royal Coronas! I haven't had a Bolivar in at least 2 years, I've been going through my existing stock. I've had a bunch of Cuban cigars before and I was always pleased with them but rarely amazed. The Bolivar was perfectly constructed and was so smooth and full flavor. I only have 2 Cubans left, a rather large Cohiba and a petit H. Upmann. My preference for Cuban's is as follows:
Hoyo De Monterrey
Romeo Y Julieta
If the consistency is good I'd put the Bolivar up there with Hoyo De Monterrey and Punch.
I've tried other Cuban smokes but not enough of any other brand to make judgement. I'll add that I find most Cuban cigars overpriced and are riding on their reputations from decades ago BUT 90+% of the Cuban cigars I've tried were excellent cigars.
*Your mileage my vary, only one man's opinion, etc.
Any Badger and Blade Bolivar fans?