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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
This Partagas Serie D #4 comes from a Robusto sampler I bought a few years ago, so I don’t know the box code, all I know is that this 4.8 inch long ring 50 cigar is at least a 2007 and possibly even older.
The wrapper is quite light colored, a bit pale even, but tough and rough looking with the veins. The aroma is quite light and smells like a barnyard. The construction feels good. I punched the cigar and the predraw is just fine, I can taste a little bit of wood.
I get a typical Cuban leather flavor with some cedar, medium full. The leather is definitely the main flavor and the flavors are a bit sticky. Halfway the leather grows a bit in strength without becoming really strong. Right after the mid part I can taste something fresh, mint like flavor trough the leather with some chocolate as an aftertaste.
After 2/3rd the flavors get a bit stronger, now it’s finally the powerhouse that everybody claims it is. The texture is mild creamy and I can also taste a little bit of pepper. Near the end the cedar wood returns in combination with the pepper and the never fading leather.
The smoke is thin and the amount of smoke is a bit poor too, even though the amount of smoke grows a bit after a third, but it remained below the levels that I love to see while smoking. The ash is quite dark and both the burn and draw are fine. Near the end the burn got a bit crooked. This cigar is full flavored but not as full bodied as I expected. I purged the cigar near the end but got no flame at all, the cigar was very clean.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes. I was never impressed by the Partagas Serie D #4 but I have to change my opinion, this stick was awesome.
Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 5 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10