May 25, 2014

Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte Robusto Gordo (5 1/2 x 52)

Video review HERE.

Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte is one of the newest additions to the Partagas line. They are sold exclusively at brick and mortar cigar shops.

Alan Willner, vice president of marketing for General Cigar explains, "These new collections enhance the taste spectrum of Partagas 1845 which is one of the best-selling blends in our portfolio."

Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte is a full-flavored cigar featuring high priming tobacco for a deep, rich smoking experience. 

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Ligero
Binder: Habano Connecticut 
Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano
Nicaraguan (Gurdian, Esteli, and ASP)

The band is an eye catching silver and black color scheme.

Extra Fuerte is available in the following sizes in boxes of 20 cigars:

Robusto Gordo; 5.5x52; SRP $7.49 (reviewed today)
Gigante; 6x60; SRP $7.99
Double Corona; 7.5x54; SRP $8.19
Supremo; 7x58; SRP $8.49

The cigar feels weighty in the hand and has a nice density.

The test draw after cutting the cap was great. It had just a bit of firmness but not too much; just the right amount. The initial flavors at light up were quite interesting; sweet cedar with a heavy influence of red licorice flavor, wood, coffee, and black pepper rated at a 7 1/2. I don't believe I've ever listed red licorice as a main flavor before. Quite interesting. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish has a lot of sweetness; wood, sweet cream, and lingering black pepper.

About one inch in the licorice flavors have subsided but you are left with a lot of sweet cedar notes and brown sugar, wood, and coffee. The wood notes are very high. The black pepper is very potent and quite noticeable. The finish is now a straight sweet cream with lingering black pepper. 

About 2 1/2 inches in the cedar is still sweet and there are a lot of wood notes. The brown sugar is still there and now there are some nutmeg notes. At the apex of the flavor spectrum you get a wisp of spearmint. Yes, spearmint, but it's quite a brief time but it's there. The coffee acts as a bottom.

With about 2 inches remaining the cedar is still sweet but it's almost overwhelmed by the brown sugar and wood notes. They are very heavy. There are still subtle nutmeg notes and the spearmint notes at the apex. The coffee still holds the base. The finish is the one thing that has not changed much; sweet cream with lingering black pepper. The cigar is now full bodied.

The cigar ended with notes of subtle cedar and overwhelming brown sugar and wood. The nutmeg is also quite subtle. The brown sugar and wood overshadow everything! As you can see from the time this is a slow burning cigar. This is one of the fullest bodied Partagas cigars I've ever had. The spearmint notes are still appearing at the top end of the front end flavors. This is a very heavy, full bodied cigar. This has been a very interesting cigar with the heavy brown sugar and wood notes along with the pop of spearmint at the top of the flavor spectrum. This has been a very good cigar but I found it lacked richness which would have made it great. Still, all in all a very good cigar that is on shelves now. The other new 1845 cigar that I will review later is the Extra Oscuro. Look for that review soon.

Score: 89

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