Partagas is one of the most historic and
popular Cuban brands. It all started when Spaniard Don Jaime Partagas Ravelo
came to Cuba in the early 19th century.
In 1845 he created the legendary Partagas factory. The brand very
quickly created a legend around itself, since Don Jaime Partagas owned some of
the finest tobacco plantations in Vuelta Abajo, and also experimented
extensively on new tobacco maturing and ageing methods. He was also one of the
first to establish the concept of the lector, namely a person who would read
out loud books or newspapers to the factory rollers, a tradition that is still
alive today. In 1868 he was murdered
(for a love rivalry, legend has it), and his son Jose took over the business.
The company changed hands twice, before it ended up to Cifuentes, Fernandez y
Cia . Partagas kept growing and in 1954 acquired Bolivar and La Gloria Cubana.
When the revolution broke out in 1959, it was already the second largest
exporter behind H.Upmann. The Cifuentes family finally abandoned Havana in
1961, but Partagas, to date, is still
one of the strongest brands in Cuban cigars, and its factory (under
refurbishment) is the absolute must-see in Havana for cigar enthusiasts!
In recent years, the famous Robusto, the
Serie D No 4, with the characteristic red ring band, has been the most popular
Partagas. It was based on a 1930`s line with the code names A, B, C, D and
numbers 1 through 4, that was then released for the English market and was
discontinued in the mid 60`s. D No 4 was
re-launched in 1975, but became widely known in the 90`s. Many Edicion
Limitadas named D No 1, No 3, No 5, were founded on this success. The last one
was a small robusto that was released as an Edicion Limitada 2008. This is the
first new Partagas launched today in regular production. The second is once again based on the
characteristic red ring band and the same designation type; the Partagas Serie
E No 2. It is a large Robusto, a
sumptuous cigar, 140mm long with a ring gauge of 54.
Partagas Serie E No 2
Rating: 8.5 / 10
Ring Gauge: 54 (21.43mm)
A sumptuous cigar, perfectly rolled, with a
particularly smooth and flawless draw. Rich and complex, it has an intensely
earthy and woody character but also some flowery notes in the beginning;
flavours of cedar, coffee and pepper prevail in the round, almost creamy
smoke. A cigar that`s delightful now,
but also suitable for ageing.
Partagas Serie D No 5
Rating: 8 / 10
Ring Gauge: 50 (19.84mm)
One of the top little Habanos that condenses
the earthy and peppery character of a D No 4 in just 110mm and half an hour`s
delightful smoking. Velvety smoke with
flavours of cedar, black pepper topped with earthy notes.
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