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Partagas Presidentes

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Origin:CubaManufactured: Hand Made
Weight:10,79 gr.Score:7.8
Presentation: 2 Layers in a Box of 25

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Review #10: From the second of three boxes purchased at the Ciego de Avila airport duty free, five years ago. All with the same box code, OSU-VC-1. Most likely means Oct. '98, with the N from NO (10 = Oct.) being dropped. This is the last surviving vitola of the old-time hand-made perfectos, formerly equal in production with the now dominant straight shaped parejos. Of course, the perfecto shapes have been revived with the Cuaba line, but with a more modern taste profile. Back in the 40's, the Partagas Presidentes, with the 8-9-8's, were the brand's top of the line cigars. These are difficult, even frustrating, cigars, clearly not intended for inexperienced or casual smokers. To start with, they have to be clipped to at least a 40 ring gauge opening, to get a good draw. Also, due to their very compact structure, they will not draw well if over humidified. With the tiny opening at the head, they are very easy to light, but it takes a while to get any smoke flowing. Some patience and a little effort is required to get it properly and evenly burning. Once well under way, the first third is rather light flavoured and herbaceous. Pleasant, but not terribly exciting. Then it really starts picking up momentum. By the mid-point, it's a very strong cigar, rich in old-school Partagas taste. The aroma is now also heavy and powerful. Heading into the final third, the cigar is almost overwhelming. The Partagas earthiness and pepper now dominate. The strength seems to increase with every puff. With an inch and a half to go, the lips burn and the head swirls. I've taken it as far as I can go. It's easy to understand why this cigar gets such mixed reviews, especially by cigar magazines that rate only current releases. Having smoked a box and a half of these 98's over the last five years, I can safely say that they are just beginning to enter their maturity. While the bitterness of youth is gone, they are still a wild ride. Maybe when they reach 10-12 years old, they will start to be domesticated, and trade some of their brute force for increased finesse. It will certainly be fascinating to follow their evolution. - Submitted by MontrealRon on December 9, 2006

Review #9: i don't know what all the hype is about this cigar, i found it to be very bland and boring, couoldn't even finish it. - Submitted by MR_MINIWHEAT on November 22, 2006

Review #8: This was a very good cigar.The draw was a bit tight until it got past the small part,the it opened up,but not as nice as I would have liked.Woody and earty with a dash of pepper at the start.Then it got creamy and leathery after the first half.Nice smooth finish.Definently recommended. - Submitted by afuentelover on May 21, 2006

Review #7: I thought the same thing review #6. But dont base opinion on just 1. The box I have are a cigar I cherish now. Let them sit for 6 months and you will see what I mean - Submitted by habanohal on January 11, 2006

Review #6: Could barely smoke it-draw was too tight. Will never purchase any more. - Submitted by mick on January 9, 2006

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