Partagas (Habanos)

Partagas Serie P No. 2

Partagas Serie P No. 2. And Serie is a little bit of an overexaggerating here. As this is the only regular production size in the ‘series’. The Series P is a 2005 release, in this size, and this size only. It comes in boxes of 10 and boxes of 25. There is one other release with this blend. That is a 5×50 Petit Pyramid, only available in jars for the travel and duty-free market. And as far as we know, it’s a limited edition. So the Partagas Serie isn’t a series, but a one-off. The Petit Pyramid is a 2009 release. In the last 15 years, no other sizes of the Partagas Serie P have surfaced.

As always with Cubatabaco and Habanos, the cigar is a Cuban puro. That means the filler, binder, and wrapper are all from the island. This cigar was purchased as a single cigar, without looking at the box code. Therefore it’s a mystery in what factory this cigar is made. In Cuba production of brands is spread over several factories. It’s not one factory for one brand or two brands. But any brand can be made in a whole group of factories. The production month and date are unknown too. But it’s at least a year old.

The cigar doesn’t really look good. Colorado colored wrapper with small veins. But one nasty looking vein om the back. The ring is the same as the iconic Partagas Serie D ring. Red with gold letters. Something Partagas copied from Condega, not the other way around as many people think. The cigar feels a bit hard. The tip is a little crooked. Overall not the best looking cigar. But also not so bad that it looks unsmokable. The aroma is mild yet nice. Floral, fresh linen, those kinds of flavors. Like a hamper full of freshly washed clothes.

The cold draw is great. The freshness of the aroma is represented in the cold draw. Floral, minty. Once lit, the cigar tells a different story. Leather, dry leather. Although there is some floral flavor as well. And some spice. Brown spices grow in strength, with some cedar, leather, and earthiness. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy. After a third, the cigar gets more floral sweetness and even a hint of vanilla. Combine that with cedar, brown spices, and a little bit of orange peel acidity, and that’s what this cigar gives. The cedar, smooth and creamy, gets more pronounced. There is a hint of black pepper, floral notes, and toast. The flavors increase in strength a little, but not much.

The draw is great. The burn is straight as an arrow. The smoke is thick enough, there is volume enough, nothing to complain about when it comes to smoke. The cigar starts out mellow, mild. Mild bodied, which is not common for the medium to medium-full Partagas blend. And mild flavored. That raises the question of whether this is an aged, or even vintage, cigar. The cigar remains smooth until the end. The smoke time is two hours and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? This is a nice morning smoke.

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Partagas Salomones – Vintage –

In 2008 Habanos introduced the Partagas Salomones as a La Casa del Habano exclusive cigar. But the cigars were not new. They have been released as special releases before such as in the 1995 humidor. And in the late 1990s and early 2000s, you could buy bundles of these cigars on Cuba. Counterfeits weren’t as rampant as today, factories weren’t as strict as now. So it was possible to have real, good quality cigars with the correct blend outside of the regular production portfolio.

The Partagas Salomones has been a regular production since 2008. But exclusively sold in La Casa del Habano shops worldwide. With an extra LCDH ring of course. Other Partagas Salomones releases were the Salomones Espanola in the 1995 Partagas Espanola humidor. A smaller version, one inch smaller to be precise, was released in the Silo XXI Millennium Humidor from 1999. And the 2000 Partagas 155 Aniversario humidor had the 7¼x57 Partagas Salomones as well. Since the cigar that we are reviewing is from 2000, it’s most likely that it is an overproduction cigar for this humidor that was sold in a bundle.

The cigar looks great. The shape is amazing. The wrapper is Colorado colored, mild oily and only has one thin vein. The old Partagas ring is used. That means the cigar is pre-2002. That’s when the rings changed. The touch is great, the right amount of bounce when we softly squeeze the cigar. And the cigar has this mild grassy and hay aroma that you can only find in vintage cigars.

The cold draw is a bit tight, but that has to do with the shape. The flavor is leather with spice. Quite strong for a vintage cigar. Right from the start, I taste salt and leather. This is the leather that was so typical for Cubans back in the day. There’s also a very mild pepper and some cedar. Leather remains, a nice floral sweetness shines through. Complex, well balanced. The mouthfeel is very creamy. Mild cinnamon is there as well. A few puffs later, there is some toast. After an inch, there’s a faint flavor that comes close to Nutella. Hazelnut and chocolate, but it’s very faint. The dry, aged, leather is the base flavor, the other flavors dance around it. Sometimes it’s cedar, sometimes pepper. Sometimes floral flavors and then the chocolate again. All well balanced like a beautiful ballet performance. Sophisticated is the right way to describe the flavors. After a third, the pepper becomes a bit more prominent. Not that it comes close to being a pepper bomb, it remains subtle. Chocolate becomes stronger too, slowly. In the last third, the sweetness is stronger. Almost like drinking a nice, small sip of sugar water. But still, with the leather and pepper. The sweetness mellows out, the pepper gains some strength. The flavors get a little salty as well.

The draw is great. The light-colored ash is firm. The smoke is good. It’s not a Drew Estate smoke bomb, but the smoke is medium in thickness and volume. The burn is straight. The cigar is medium bodied, medium flavored. Very complex, subtle and sophisticated. Delicate almost. And it shows how good Cuban cigars can be if the tobacco is treated the right way. If the soil is well maintained. If no shortcuts are taken in the fermentation and aging. And when quality control is at a high level. The smoke time is three hours and thirty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Buying a rare 19-year-old cigar is impossible


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Partagas Serie D No.5

I reviewed this cigar before, but that was the 2008 limitd edition, when this specific size of 4.3×50 and name showed up for the first time. I guess the demand for this short robusto was so high that Habanos decided to put it into regular production as in 2011 the Partagas serie D #5 showed up again in boxes of 10 and 25, the limited edition was only available in boxes of 25, and in 2013 the cigar even became available in cardboard boxes of 3. Now I looked at my old review and noticed that the limited edition price of 2008 is 10 cents higher than the regular price late 2016 which further proves my point that I made in the past that the Cubans are producing more and more limited and regional editions to get us, the consumers, to pay more for nothing but a different vitola of a regular production blend. Nothing wrong with a limited if its limited due to the availability of the tobacco, but when its just a regular blend in a different vitola? That doesn’t make it special enough to justify a hiked up price in my book.

Now I want to review at least 10 Cuban cigars this year to make a ‘top 10 cubans’ at the end of 2017 and that turns out to be tough. When the year started I had over 5500 cigars in my stash but not a lot of Cubans and actually, I only came to 11 different types of Cubans. Most of them didn’t get high scores so far, as they just aren’t my thing anymore. When I look at my old reviews I realized that my preferences changed, instead of thick cigars I tend to like smaller cigars, I read an old remark that maduro and I never would be friends but now I like that wrapper and liked quite a few Cubans that when I smoked them in the last few years did nothing but disappoint me. These things happen slowly so you don’t realize it, but when you are able to read a 10 year history on your own thoughts of cigars you can see a huge difference. Not only in preferences, but also in the pictures, from a small apartment in a deteriarating neighborhood to that same apartment but after a paint job, to the house I bought and the men cave I built, to the garden how it was when I bought the house to what I did with it. And to top it, the style of writing a review and since January first the way of rating a cigar. Its been a long journey, and in 10 years things might look different again.

Now the cigar, because of the small size it actually looks thicker than the 50 ring it is. The reddish brown wrapper isn’t the prettiest I’ve ever need, its quite veiny, bumpy an rough looking. I feel a little soft spot right under the ring so the construction isn’t top notch either. The ring is a often copied one, simple red with golden lettering Serie D No.5 Partagas – Habana and a double golden line under and above the writings. It is printed on nice red glossy paper though and the gold pops. The cigar hardly has any aroma, what I smell is the classic Cuban barnyard aroma.

I punched the cigar. The cold draw is fine but quite tasteless. If I try hard I can taste a very mild milk chocolate. I lit the cigar with my soft flame and I taste leather, dry leather. After a few puffs I also taste some nuts and a metallic citrus flavor. After a third I also taste some chocolate for a bit. Halfway I taste leather, some sweetness and pepper. The cigar gets very hot and a little bit bitter because of the heat. After two thirds I still taste leather but the nuts take the main stage.

The smoke is very thin, unfortunately with a gray blue color but halfway the cigar the smoke gets a nice thickness and volume. The draw is fine, nothing to complain about. The ash is quite dark and frayed but yet also firm. The burn is ok, not razor sharp but also not too crooked to correct. The cigar is medium bodied and medium full flavored, there is some evolution but not too much. The smoke time is an hour.

Would I buy this cigar again? Nah! For €10 + I can get better cigars.

Score: 87

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Partagas serie D #4 aged 2008

Before Habanos started with the anejados project, the distributer for The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg came up with that idea and they called it the aged series. They released a few vitolas form a few brands so far, I smoked the Partagas D4 aged 2008.
The cigar has a little aroma which reminds me of a barnyard and I notice that the band is a bit wide, so it’s pretty lose around the cigar. The wrapper isn’t shiny at all but has a nice chocolate brown wrapper with just a few minor veins. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine, it’s pretty spicy with some black pepper.
I taste leather, as you get with lots of Cuban cigars, and pepper, all quite full with a little refined sugar but the sugar disappears after a centimeter. That’s about the only thing that happens in the first third. After that the flavors change into caramel and pepper.
Halfway I taste a lot of leather again with some chili pepper, the caramel is gone and it’s pretty much the same until I reach the last part of the cigar. That last part is very good, I taste nice spices with some chili pepper.
The draw on this cigar was fine, which is a stroke of luck when buying Cuban cigars and the burn wasn’t bad either, only had to correct it a little bit. The light gray ash is reasonably firm. This medium flavored and medium to full bodied cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a fine example of what Cuban cigars can be, in 2008 the crop was considerably better than current production as the soil wasn’t so depleted as it is today, the tobacco got time to ferment and the cigar got to age 7 years instead of being sold way too young.

Appearance: 8
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 7
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 7
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 9

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Partagas Serie P no.2

My relationship with Partagas is difficult to describe, I’ve had some that I loved, I’ve had some I wasn’t impressed with and I never understood the hype about the Partagas serie D #4, as that was one of those cigars that didn’t impress me, until I smoked one that was at least 5 years old. I realized I never smoked the Partagas serie P #2 so I bought a single at the Oliva Cigar Lounge in Den Bosch a few months ago. I forgot to check the box date, so I don’t know how old or young this cigar is.
The 6.1×52 torpedo has a latte colored wrapper which is quite wrinkly and has a few veins. I like the simple Partagas band, no fancy colors or pictures, just the company name and origin. The cigar has a mild chocolate and barnyard smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste sweet raisins.
I taste a sweet coffee flavor with cedar. The coffee disappears quickly and I am stuck with a very pleasant sweet, dry and mild spicy cedar. After an inch the cigar releases a mild peppery wood flavor, the flavors are subtle and unmistaken Cuban. In the aftertaste I taste some chocolate.
After two inch I taste the mild peppery wood with some herbs. There are some spices in the aftertaste, I can’t name the specific spices but I like the flavors. The flavors don’t develop, but what I taste is very nice so I don’t care. After two thirds the cigar gets a little spicier and stronger.
This cigar lasted me for an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw was great, just like the burn. I got a decent volume of smoke which was medium thick. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Partagas Serie E no.2

The 5½x54 Partagas series E No.2 is the latest Cuban Partagas release and the thickest regular production Partagas parejo ever. The cigar is a bit thicker and longer than the ever popular Partagas series D no.4 and was introduced at the Habanos festival earlier this year but is now making its way to the shops. I was lucky enough to get one of these cigars before they even hit the Dutch shops. I believe this cigar has a price tag of 11 euro in The Netherlands.
The cigar is beautiful, with an almost rosado like red glow to the deep brown and mild oily wrapper. I see a few veins though and the construction if a bit soft. I smell a sour barnyard, too much ammonia which confirms my belief that this cigar hasn’t been aged enough, something I keep saying about Cuban cigars. The predraw is fine, I taste a spicy and peppery tobacco.
I taste a spicy and harsh earthy flavor and after half an inch an earthy flavor with pepper. The pepper is in the aftertaste. This cigar is harsh and way too young to be smoked. I also taste some wood. After an inch I taste wood, with some earthy flavors, pepper and herbs. On the background I taste something sweet, but that is really mild.
After a third I taste mud with herbs, wood and some pepper. Halfway I taste pepper herbs and wood, the mud flavor has disappeared. After two thirds I taste nuts with wood and pepper. The cigar gets more spicy with herbs, earth and some pepper.
This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes. The draw is really good and I got a lot of smoke. The ash is dark. I had to correct the burn two times. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied, it is still way too young to be subtle or complex but it has a lot of potential.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, but I will age them for at least a few years before I would smoke them again.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Partagas DeLuxe

A few years ago, a cigar shop went bankrupt and a supermarkt owner bought all tobacco products. All he wanted were the cigarettes, so he joined one of the Dutch cigar boards and offered the leftover cigars for a bargain price. Amongst those cigars were boxes of the Romeo y Julieta #2 tubos and Partagas Deluxe tubos from 2006. I bought a few boxes. The cigars are hand made since 2002 but were packed in the old golden tubos.
The wrapper is pale and rough and it looks dry. I like the weird Partagas band better than the normal Partagas band. The construction feels good and the cigar smells like wood. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin.
I taste smooth coffee with earth and wood, kind of plywood, not the usual oak or cedar. But that doesn’t mean the flavors aren’t nice, they actually are. After an inch I can’t taste coffee anymore. I taste wood, earth, herbs and something sweet. The flavors are mild creamy.
The sweetness fades away. Halfway I taste earth and herbs, smooth but nice. The flavors are well balanced but not complex. Slowly a mild milk chocolate flavors joins the smooth earth and herbs. After two thirds I taste some cinnamon with earth and some smooth herbs. The chocolate has gone.
The smoke time of this 5½x40 cigar is an hour and ten minutes. The draw is great, just like the burn. I got a nice thick smoke. The ash is dark gray and not firm at all. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? I might, depending on the price

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Partagas Salomon

Habanos started the production of this 7.2 inch ring 57 Partagas salomones in 2008 and they are a cigar exclusively made for the La Casa Del Habano shops all over the world. The cigar has that signature La Casa Del Habano band as a second band that is placed under the Partagas band.
This cigar is beautifully shaped and it has a nice and warm mocha color. The wrapper is oily and has a few veins. The construction feels good. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is a bit hard and I taste some raisin and earth, really mild and dry.
I taste a full earth flavor and a mild leather. After an inch I also taste a nut flavor. The leather fades away a bit, the nut flavor disappears completely and all I taste is earth after an inch and a half.
After two inch I taste a mild toast flavor as a support to the earth. Halfway the leather gains power again and becomes the dominant flavor. The cigar starts to get more complex and interesting. The texture is mild creamy and the aftertaste is an earth flavor. After ⅔ I taste some nuts again with the leather and I can even taste some wood.
Make sure you got plenty of time when you light this cigar, it took me two hours and fifteen minutes to finish it. The draw is good although the smoke starts out poor, but fortunately I keep getting more and more smoke the longer I puff on this salomones. Due to the shape I had a bit of a crooked burn in the beginning but the burn corrected itself. The ash is quite firm but frayed and has a salt & pepper color. This cigar is medium to full bodied and medium to full flavored.
Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I am at Mike’s Havana House I will buy a few more

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Partagas Serie D #5 LE 2008

This 4.3 inch cigar with the 50 ring gauge was one of the three limited editions that was released by Habanos S.A. in 2008, together with the Cuaba piramides and Montecristo Sublime. I have not smoked the other two LE’s, but I did smoke this Partagas Serie D #5 LE 2008, that I got from Serts at a herf. This cigar has a fixed price of € 10.50 here in The Netherlands.
The cigar has a nice oily wrapper which is quite dark for a Cuban cigar. The aroma is classic Cuban barnyard, somehow the aroma is different than cigars from other countries, but the aroma is quite mild. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I don’t get much flavor from the predraw, only a little bit of pepper.
I can taste some earth and coffee, mild and flat. After half an inch I can also taste some hay. After an inch I also get some chocolate, just a little bit, with the hay and earth flavors. The coffee has gone.
The texture of the flavors is quite dry. After ⅔ I taste dry wood with just a hint of chocolate and a few puffs later some herbs come to the palate too.
The cigar has a good draw, but the burn got a bit crooked after a third. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied. The firm ash is pepper and salt colored and the smoke is quite thick and I get enough smoke from the cigar. It lasted me for about 70 minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, don’t think so.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Partagas 8-9-8 varnished cabinet

This cigar was a gift I got at a herf at my place from a friend. I don’t know the box code, so I can’t tell if this is an aged cigar or not. I think it has some age, as the tax band mentioned a price lower than the current (government fixed) price, but no more than 7 years as the tax band mentions a euro price and the older bands mention the price in euro and guilders or guilders only.
This 6.6 x 43 Dalias has a nice oily wrapper with a few veins but the cigar itself has some spots, like it has acne. There is also a distinct waterspot on the wrapper. The construction feels a bit soft and the aroma of the cigar is a quite strong barnyard aroma.
I can taste some earthy tones, spicy and quite full. I taste some leather too, it is all classical Cuban. The flavors are complementary and well balanced. The texture is quite creamy.
After two inch I also taste some citrus like sourness, just a little hint of it though, and some toast. The leather has left the building. Halfway some nuts join the party but they disappear just as sudden as they appeared. The flavors is a mix of earth flavors with some toast, but mostly earthy notes.
After ⅔ I can taste a mild chocolate flavor on the background of the earthy with toast flavor.

The cigar produces a nice amount of smoke with a nice thickness. The draw is a bit on the loose side, but not so much that it bothered me. I had to correct the burn in the beginning, but after that it burned good. The ash is pretty dark, frayed and not very firm. I would rate this as a medium bodied, medium flavored cigar.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, a single every now and then or maybe a box at one of the online retailers.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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