Wrapper: Havano Connecticut Oscuro
Binder: Dominican La Vega Especiale
Filler: Rum Barrel Aged Dominican, Honduran Ligero, Nicaraguan Ligero
Size: 5.5 x 52 “Robusto Gordo”
Price: $7.27 MSRP
I received this cigar along with some sticks I bought at BestCigarPrices.com. This is the online version. And it is a regular production cigar.
The companion blend is the Extra Fuerte and is meant strictly for B & M’s.
The cigar comes in five sizes:
Rothschild: 4.5 x 50
Robusto Gordo: 5.5 x 52
Gigante: 6 x 60
Supremo: 7 x 58
Double Corona: 7.375 x 54
Construction of the cigar is very nice. A real solid stick with the proper amount of give. A dark and very oily wrapper that is toothy and very bumpy. Seams are tight, with lots of veins both big and small. The single cap is well done.
The cigar band is actually pretty. The purple and silver background with silver lettering on top of a bed of purple is striking.
I clip the cap and find aromas of strong coffee, cocoa, spice, allspice, strong sweetness, earthy, very woody, and some black cherry.
Time to light up.
Loads of sweetness hit my palate first. Then a wallop of red pepper. The draw is spot on. Smoke billows from the foot like a Pittsburgh chimney.
The black cherry shows up early. The barrel aging of the Dominican leaves shows. Very earthy and woody. The strength starts out at a dink above medium bodied. I fear I am in for a ride on the Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride from the nicotine soon enough.
A gazillion smokers got this cigar with their cigar order from different online stores. Partagas is betting heavy on this cigar as it must have cost them a fortune, which I’m sure is passed on in the price of the cigar; which ain’t much.
I just reviewed the Black Label Trading Company “Lawless” cigar and that was a truly wonderful cigar for $7. While the Partagas approaches this blend with a sledge hammer, the Lawless approached it with style and nuance and balance.
Methinks from what I’ve smoked of the Extra Oscuro is that it is a heavy handed approach to power and strength. Aimed at smokers that like pure power. Without the bothersome complexity.
The second third begins after 30 minutes.
Like all of you, I separate my cigars by lists. Instead of buying a big cabinet humidor, I’ve accumulated dozens of 150-350 count humidors over the years.
This cigar would go in my $5-$6 cigar humidor. Something to fall back on when the good stuff dwindles. Plus, it has the possibility of attaining some real character because I allow that humidor to really age those cigars.
Back to the cigar. It’s old school. Will these big companies ever learn? Stop producing cigars that need months and months of humidor time. Be like the New Breed Tattooed Ones and make some cigars that are good to go in just a couple weeks.
This cigar needs at least 3 months of humidor time; maybe more.
So all I taste is potential; which is good. I’m enjoying the cigar. It is not, or going to be, a flavor bomb. But it is a premium cigar.
Creaminess joins the group.
As I near the halfway point, the flavors are: Earthiness, wood, sweetness, creaminess, cocoa, spice, and leather.
Not exciting flavors but more background singers.
The strength hits medium/full. A couple minor touch ups were required.
The best I can say is that this is a nice cigar. It doesn’t stress you out trying to find the popes in the pizza…meaning, that you don’t have to hunt down a kitchen list of nuanced flavors a better cigar might have and described to you by a reviewer.
At some point, CI or cigar.com is going to have a special on these cigars…if they haven’t already. Or Cbid. If you can get them cheap for around $3 a stick, I’d buy them and put them to sleep and forget about them.
The last third is a big improvement over the first two thirds. It actually has some character now. So, again, this cigar has potential. I like strong cigars. But I also like full flavored complex sticks.
Something fruity shows up. It should define itself shortly.
The spiciness has moved to the back of the pack which is a shame.
You get your money’s worth on this stick if for no other reason that it smokes very slowly. With a couple inches to go, I am honing in on two hours.
Some harshness appears. I don’t like that. Clearly, allowing the cigar only a couple of weeks was insufficient. I should have known better but as this is a brand new blend from Partagas, I had hoped that they had gotten aboard of the more modern day style of blending. And since I had only one stick, there was no possibility of trying one first to determine its readiness.
And then the bottom drops out. The flavors virtually disappear. Now I’m bored with it. And what do I do when a cigar bores me? I stop smoking it.
So with a bit to go, I put it down.
The only way I can recommend this cigar is if you consider it a long term investment and give it a lot of humidor time.
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