Having worked in retail and online sales, I have a lot of interactions with customers. That was, and to a certain extent still is, the nature of what I do here. I still have quite a few regulars that ask for me personally for one reason or another. Perhaps they just find the sound of my voice soothing. Some might even suggest that I know what I am talking about. Either way there is one guy who is sticking out today, Gene. He is one of my regular callers and he and I share a similar taste. We definitely have some disagreements, but more similarities. Based on that, I got a call from Gene last week telling me about his weekend. Without disclosing too many personal details, he was handed a cigar and called me excitedly to see if I had it. He was asking about the new Partagas 1845. Not only did we sell it, I was handed a robusto by the rep just the week before but had not tried it yet. Gene spoke so highly of it that he sold it to me. Of course he had to buy a bunch for himself, but now I wanted to try it out too. I respect his opinion and taste, but it was the way he described his experience that had me hooked.
The wrapper has a nice even chocolaty color with a subtle shine to it. The feel is smooth and even. There are no soft spots or many veins to not either. The cap was a little crooked, so when I cut it, there was an unevenness that gave the head a little tail. I don’t need to complain about that, it is just me being picky. I don’t know a whole lot about this new blend so I Googled it to find the official website. Unique to this blend (from Partagas standards) is an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Traditionally they use a Cameroon. The binder is a Connecticut Habano.
The foot has a pleasantly sweet hay like smell to it. The pre-light draw is easy and has notes of grass, sweet chocolate and wood. Upon lighting, I was surprised that there was a slight bite to the cigar. Nothing off putting, but more intense than I assumed based on the pre-light ritual. Right away, there is a great richness to this cigar. The retrohale gave a strong note of coffee and something else. I have realized over the years that I am not a huge Connecticut fan. When I first started cigar smoking, I stuck to “natural” cigars because the dark ones intimidated me. I fell under the noob illusion that dark = strong and I was not ready for strong. Boy was I misinformed (a story for another time). Anyway a majority of the “natural” cigars I smoked were Connecticut wrapped. After my palette developed a little more, I moved on to more adventurous cigars and have not done too much looking back. Not so much that they are bad, I just don’t care for them from a flavor perspective. When I do smoke one, I notice the same nuance about a majority of CT cigars. To me it is almost a chemically taste. Some cigars have a body or flavor profile to mask the taste, but I noticed it in this Partagas as well. That is what prompted me to look into the guts online. My suspicions were confirmed when I read the binder was grown in CT. I broke my own rule of looking up anything about a cigar before I do a review, but I was curious if it was just me. All I read was the manufacturer’s site though, so I did not really cheat. I will come back to this thought later.
By the 1/3 mark the burn is right where it should be and the ash is great. The taste is sweet and smooth with a light to medium body. Notes include wood and chocolate. That indescribable taste is still present but a background note at best. I find it a little more distracting then detrimental. I am trying to focus and pick up all of the subtleties though. When I was distracted by other things, I did not notice it at all.
By the 2/3 point the mystery flavor has all but vanished and the other notes are picking up a bit. I would still call this cigar sweet and rich, the coffee s becoming more pronounced. The burn is more even then it was during the 1st half of the cigar.
To wrap up, the cigar continued to have a peasant taste overall, with rich coffee notes and a nice sweetness throughout that I found very pleasant. I did not detect much if any spice in thins cigar and I found the body to top out no more than medium. That is subjective at best though. My mystery flavor was a slight distraction bit it was simply because I don’t care for the taste. I know so many people however that love CT cigars. I understand why Gene would have liked it so much and by his recommendation that I try it, it will help me in the future if someone describes these tastes to me. Based on the smoke and the price of the cigar, I think this will be around for a while.