Robusto, 5.5 x 49
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Viso
|Cigar age||0 yr. 1.5 mo.|
BACKGROUND: General Cigar Company recently introduced the new Partagás 1845, a four-cigar collection that embodies 167 years of heritage and expert cigar making. Alan Willner, Vice President of Marketing for General Cigar explains that, “This new collection celebrates [rich heritage of Partagás] while ushering in a new taste spectrum for the brand. As such, it will appeal [he says] to the premium cigar smoker who favors the quality and consistency of classic brands, while also sparking the interest of discriminating smokers who constantly seek exciting new tastes.”
This new take on the venerable brand is a departure from the traditional Cameroon-wrapped expressions of Partagás. In creating Partagás 1845, Vice President of Operations, Jhonys Diaz collaborated with General Manager of Operations, Francisco Rodriguez and Production Manager Yuri Guillen. This team started out with more than 50 different blends from the company’s vast tobacco library. Together with guidance from cigar icon Benji Menendez, and with input from supervisors from General Cigar’s Dominican and Honduran factories, the blends were continuously test-smoked and tweaked until the final blend was chosen by General Cigar’s Innovation Team.
To achieve the characteristic, full flavor of Partagás 1845, the blend team chose Dominican Piloto Cubano, which was blended with Nicaraguan tobacco from three separate growing regions. Some of the filler tobaccos are aged in Dominican rum barrels, a process that enhances their flavor, according to General Cigar.
The Connecticut Habano binder is unique unto itself. It was developed as a result of General Cigar’s research and development initiative. This proprietary binder leaf took nine years to develop and punctuates the blend with a touch of sweetness.
The finishing touch is an Ecuadorian Habano Viso wrapper, which dresses Partagás 1845 in a unique color and hearty texture.
The collection debuted with four sizes, each packed in boxes of 20 cigars. This review features the 5.5” x 49 ring gauge Robusto.
TASTING NOTES: This cigar started with a nice tobacco sweetness that was balanced by notes of oak wine barrel and the savoriness of barbecued meat. Any of you who have smoked a lot of the traditional Partagás offerings will immediately see the difference with the 1845. This cigar displays much more character and pronounced flavors. It is also richer in flavor and body and is much more to my liking.
The light gray ash was deeply striated and somewhat scaled in appearance. The burn line was blistered initially and also somewhat meandering.
About an inch into the cigar, after I tapped off the ash for the first time, I noted a tunnel in the filler tobacco and I also noted that the ligero bunch was off-centered. All of these minor irritations with the burn did not significantly affect the performance of the cigar as I was able to burn past the tunnel in short order and, when I did so, the burn line straightened out and all was right with the world.
The retrohale was earthy and oaky with a hint of black pepper, while the finish was long and also oaky and savory.
FINAL THOUGHTS: This new Partagás 1845 is nothing like the traditional Partagás with a Cameroon wrapper, which is a nice smoke, but very light in body. The company will tell you that this cigar is much fuller in flavor than their other offerings (which is true), but don't let that scare you in any way. This stick is medium in body and strength and medium-full in flavor. It is a well-balanced cigar with nothing but pleasing flavors in an easily approachable package.
I recommend these cigars highly. Because they are medium in body and strength, they should appeal to a wide range of taste preferences. And they are priced right: I’ve seen these priced at a box price of just $70. That works out to around $3.50 per stick, which I think is a steal.
Give the Partagás 1845 a try and experience first hand the evolution of the non-Cuban Partagás.
The Partagás 1845 comes in an attractive box with a plastic slide-top lid. Each individual cigar comes with a cellophane wrapper that I have left intact and the cigars residing in the original box. I keep the box in my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor, which has an active humidification unit that is set at 68%RH.
This is the first of two podcast reviews. These cigars have been resting in my humidor for 1 month, 18 days.
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