Partagas Lusitanias, Cuban, Ring Gauge 49, Length 194mm, Double Corona.
These Cuban Double Coronas are considered by some cigar fanatics as ‘the best cigars ever rolled’.
From looking online and at various cigar forums the Partagas Lusitanias are very popular in the cigar world.
Even though it’s 7 inches long this cigar feels ‘light’. The foot is spongy and the wrapper has visible veins. The oily wrapper is on the lighter side.
The Lusitanias experience:
I used a guillotine to cut the cigar and a cedar spill to ignite it. After evenly charring the foot I took a couple of puffs. Immediately I noticed an excellent draw and a mild taste.
After a couple of more draws the magic happened, honey comb and dry, yellow fruit notes appeared. For some reason, images of a cinnamon spiced creme brulee came to my mind. Aromas of resin, and pastry dough appeared too.
Having had a few Partagas cigars in the past, I expected the usual bold and rich notes from thicker and shorter Partagas sticks. This cigar is not as bold as other cigars in the range but is very elegant and complex.
By the final third, rich and woody notes appeared, toasted oak and what I can only describes as tannin-like in nature. There was a flavour that reminded me of dry orange peel.
Sensational. This cigar deserves it’s reputation.
The size may be off putting for some cigar enthusiasts so I would recommend to make smoking a Lusitanias, a special occasion and to allow plenty of time for it.
Daniel Santiago is the owner of Jeffrey St Whisky and Cigars in Edinburgh and writes monthly cigar reviews exclusively for AmateurDrammer.com
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