October 15, 2016

Partagas RyR Robusto (5 1/2 x 50)

Video review HERE.

Partagas honors its heritage with Ramon y Ramon, a collection encompassing rare tobaccos and vintage seeds from a time when Cuban cigar legend Ramon Cifuentes oversaw tobacco growing for the brand. 

This vintage tobacco is paired with Nicaraguan Jalapa and Dominican Piloto Cubano grown by Partagas’ team of agronomists. Partagas Ramon y Ramon is bound with a Dominican leaf, also grown by Partagas’ agronomists.

With a rich and opulent high-priming Cameroon wrapper from the Belita region, the blend of Ramon y Ramon builds upon the essence of Partagas, yielding an exciting smoke that is at once sweet, strong and unmistakably sublime.

Partagas Ramon y Ramon will be sold exclusively at brick and mortar cigar shops, beginning in October.

Wrapper: Cameroon
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Nicaraguan Jalapa and Dominican Piloto Cubano

Robusto – 5.5 x 50; SRP per cigar is $7.49 REVIEWED TODAY
Maxim Grande -- 6 x 52; SRP per cigar is $7.99
Gigante -- 6 x 60; SRP per cigar is $8.49
Fabuloso  -- 7 x 54; SRP per cigar is $8.99

The cigar is nice looking but feels soft in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was a bit firm. The initial flavors were deep, sweet orange citrus with brown sugar notes and buttery sweet caramel. The caramel aspects are very high. The pepper is a low grade black pepper rated at a 6 1/2 or 7. You don't notice the lack of pepper as much as you notice the sweetness from the citrus and caramel. The sweet flavors are about a 50/50 split.

About one inch in the main sweet flavors are the caramel. The citrus notes have morphed into a sweet cedar but it is secondary to the buttery sweet caramel. The pepper has moved up a little and it is nice on the finish. The finish is a sweet caramel. Cameroon wrappers typically have caramel aspects and I hoped this one would and it certainly does.

At the midpoint the caramel is going along nicely. There is still some nice brown sugar. The cedar is almost an afterthought. The buttery caramel is very nice. The cigar is still medium bodied.

As the cigar ended it felt very soft. The flavors continued with the nice buttery sweet caramel with brown sugar. The cedar pretty much went away. The cigar moved up to medium to full bodied. The finish was unchanged. I am scoring the cigar on the flavors and not the fact that it was soft. Perhaps this was not typical of the others in the line. The flavors alone are very nice. I loved the buttery sweet caramel.

Score: 92

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