September 17, 2017

Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte Robusto (5 1/2 x 50)

Video review HERE.

In the five years since its launch, Partagas 1845 remains one of the most successful brands in the handmade cigar category. Today, the collection’s three distinct blends have been completely updated with deeper, richer taste profiles, and modernized with a new look and feel. Each of the three Partagas 1845 lines continues to pay homage to the heritage of Partagas by featuring the hallmarks of the brand – the finest, hand selected tobaccos, meticulous construction and an exquisite array of flavors.

Andres Maturen, brand manager for Partagas said, “Within the Partagas portfolio, the 1845 franchise stands apart for its ability to bridge the brand’s rich heritage and symbolism with contemporary influences. We’ve continued along this path by reimagining Partagas 1845 with a modern lens. The new Partagas 1845 blends give a nod to the brand’s storied history while delivering added complexity and more competitive pricing to resonate with discerning smokers of today.”

The newly-revamped lines will be offered at lower price points than the original Partagas 1845 lines, and will ship in mid-August.

The newly-blended Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte strikes an intricate balance between intensity and complexity. This is a full-bodied cigar that features a blend of aged ligeros from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, with a Connecticut Habano binder and aromatic Olancho San Agustin wrapper. A smoke for the initiated, Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte is available in four sizes and packs a punch with a dynamic array of roasted coffee overtones.

Gigante – 6 x 60; SRP per cigar is $7.69

Churchill – 7 x 49; SRP per cigar is $7.39

Toro – 6.5 x 45; SRP per cigar is $6.99

Robusto – 5.5 x 50; SRP per cigar is $6.49 REVIEWED TODAY

The cigar is a dark brown and well made with no visible veins. It has an average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was firm but workable. The initial flavors were a bit odd. They were a sweet combination of honey and caramel. There were buttery notes and black pepper rated at a 7 1/2. 

About 1 1/2 inch in (20 minutes) the flavors are still very sweet but they are changing. Now you have milk chocolate, brown sugar with butter, caramel, and a light black coffee base. The pepper is still good. The finish is one of caramel with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar remains very sweet with light coffee notes. The cigar is medium to full bodied.

A little over 2 inches in (38 minutes) the flavors are the same but the caramel notes are pretty much the lead flavor followed by the milk chocolate. The caramel notes are very sweet and very prominent. There remains a touch of buttery notes. The brown sugar ties it all together and makes the cigar sweeter. The coffee base remains very light. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. 

Just past the midpoint, at the band (53 minutes) the cigar is full bodied. The flavor notes are unchanged. The only thing that is different at this point is the cigar is full bodied.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 17 minutes. Pretty good for a robusto but it was, after all, 5 1/2 inches long. Here in the final stages the chocolate notes went from milk chocolate to straight chocolate. There were still caramel and brown sugar notes. The black coffee became very elevated giving the cigar a firm base. The cigar is very full bodied now. The finish is still caramel and now there are chocolate notes also. The lingering black pepper remains good. This was a pretty good cigar and the price point is unbeatable. The only negative I have is the coffee notes did not get to a good level until the last inch or so. The cigar is very sweet and enjoyable. Give these a try HERE.

Score: 91

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