May 28, 2017

Partagas Heritage Rothschild (4 1/2 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from website)
In March, General Cigar Company formally announced a new line under its Partagas brand known as the Partagas Heritage. The cigar is a project that comes out of the General Cigar Dominicana factory located in the Dominican Republic. This is a project was spearheaded by General Cigar Dominicana Vice President of Operations Jhonys Diaz. According to Diaz, the Partagas Heritage project has been worked on for the past ten years, but had been saved for the right opportunity. 

While the blend is produced in the Dominican Republic, Diaz has stated that this project was very much a team effort across the whole General Cigar team. Blenders from General Cigar’s Central American operations were all contributors to what was the final product.

Blend Profile
The blend of the Partagas Heritage consists has tobaccos from four countries. This is highlighted by the Honduran Olancho San Agustin wrapper – a proprietary wrapper to General Cigar. This wrapper is grown in the San Agustin region of Honduras. This type of wrapper has been used on the CAO OSA and the recently released Toraño Exodus.

Wrapper: Honduran Olancho San Agustin
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Jamastran Honduran, Dominican Piloto Cubano, Mexican San Andres
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (General Cigar Dominicana)

Vitolas Available
The Partagas Heritage is available in four sizes. Each size is packaged in 20 count boxes.

Rothschild: 4 1/2 x 50
Robusto: 5 1/2 x 52
Gigante: 6 x 60
Churchill: 7 x 49

At first glance you can't help but see the similarity of the band and the Cuban Partagas Serie D no. 4 band.

The cigar has an average feel in the hand for a short Rothschild.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good with just a bit of firmness. The initial flavors were a very small amount of cedar with an absolute metric ton of earthy black coffee. There was black pepper rated at a 7. The finish is a light cream with some of those chocolate notes and a little lingering black pepper. This is a very, very dark noted cigar with very little sweetness.

A little over an inch in (16 minutes) the cigar still has very little sweetness. There are hints of cedar. There are massive amounts of earthy coffee and dark, unsweetened chocolate. The finish has more sweetness than the front end. It is a slightly sweet cream with a touch of dark chocolate with a little lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. 

The cigar lasted 48 minutes. There were no changes from start to finish. The cigar remained quite dark with earthy coffee and unsweetened dark chocolate notes primarily. There were only flashes of cedar. The finish remained one of slightly sweet cream with some chocolate notes. The pepper remained around a 7 rating. The cigar reached full bodied status by the end. I found this cigar to be too heavy on the dark notes with little to no sweetness. This cigar is geared to someone who likes heavy dark notes with very little sweetness, which does not line up with my tastes.

Score: 85

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