Cigar Review: Partagas Naturales

I made the first trip to my local B&M in months to pick up smokes for the cigar forum group review. Not being able to find a #10 I picked up the Partagas Naturales. Not the correct smoke but I could not make a net purchase this month if I wanted to spend quality time with my wife anytime soon :)

Information from Cigar World:

The History:
Not long after Jaime Partagas sailed from Spain to Cuba, he founded the cigar brand that bears his name. The year was 1845. Yet the greatest chapters of Partagas history were written by two other men, Ram Cifuentes and the son who was named after him. Whether working together or alone, it was those two great cigar masters who made Partagas the leading Cuban cigar. But in 196l, two years after Fidel Castro had seized control of the Cuban government, Ram Cifuentes was forced to flee the island, never to return. Seventeen years later, he was finally able to begin creating his Partagas cigars again, this time in the Dominican Republic, where his unmatched tradition of cigar making remains alive and well.

The Cigar:
The secret of today’s rich Partagas cigars lies in their wrapper leaves. Grown in Cameroon, the Central West African country where the steaming, sub-tropical climate unique to the fourth parallel is ideal for growing superb wrapper leaves, Cameroon wrappers have no equals for rich flavor. Indeed, Ram Cifuentes determined that he could begin producing his Partagas cigars again only after he had discovered, years after the Cuban embargo had begun, that the best wrapper leaves were being grown in Cameroon rather than in Cuba.

The Experience:
So rich yet never harsh, a Partagas cigar has all the flavor and character of the cigar that knew Cuba when.

Country: Dominican Republic
Factory: General Cigar Dominicana
Size: 5.5×50
Shape: Toro
Wrapper: Cameroon
Filler: Dominican (Piloto Cubano), Mexican
Binder: Mexico San Andrean
Strength: Medium
Price: $130(25)

Pre-light: A smooth solid cigar with a nice cap and no soft spots. Small veins and a caramel color. The draw was tight and I tasted mellow tobacco flavors.

The burn: I had both worlds when it comes to the burn on this cigar. The burn line was razor sharp all the way down but the draw was tight. The salt and pepper ash did not flake and lasted to a decent size.

The taste: This cigar had a nice flavor of some black pepper, almond and leather. Nothing blowing you away. Just a nice medium body/flavor cigar that will help you relax on your lunch break.

Over all: I really enjoyed this cigar and look forward to getting some more. I’m not holding the tight draw against them because I never have trouble with a Partagas. If you like Partagas I think you will like this one. I say buy!

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