Origin : Cuba
Format : Dalia
Size : 170mm X 43
Price : UK price £22, 13.80 Euros online
This particular cigar takes his name from the way it is boxed. Indeed, the box contain 3 lines of cigars: the bottom and top lines are made of 8 sticks and the central line is made by 9, thus 8-9-8.
Appearance : Rating:
The Partagas 898 has a fantastic presentation, yet very classic with a beautiful maduro claro color dressed with the red and golden band by Partagas which makes it very elegant and classy. The wrapper is of a top quality, a bit veiny, but soft and silk with not much oil left on the stick. A suer smooth wrapper.
Construction : Rating:
The cigar is well rolled, the head cap holds the stick tightly and is perfectly applied. It comes off very easily with a straight cut, merit of the high quality leaves used to roll this beauty but more especially the roller work. The pre-draw already reveals the nature of the flavor profile, barnyard aromas, hearty and woody even if the tobacco is not burning yet.
Toward the smoke, the hash is a bit flaky and tends to drop from the foot every centimeter and half roughly.
The cigar is very easy to light and during the smoke it never felt plugged or tight to puff, once lit it will go all the way on his own, almost without the need of a lighter anymore.
Flavour : Rating:
The start of it is surprisingly mild, as I was expecting more power. The cold smoke at the very beginning is very pleasant as I can taste every single note distinctly, kind of hay and barn characteristic, with some cedar wood and vegetal notes coming through also, a touch of green pepper presents for the entire smoke.
As I continue to smoke and reach the second third, the smoke becomes denser and warmer, giving a sense of creaminess, missing at the beginning, with a touch of saltiness balancing this nice vegetal bitterness very persistent on the palate. I can now get notes of cereals, previously mentioned, pepper, mineral character, leather at some peaks, coffee beans and raw cocoa flavors.
At last, the cigar is at his full strength moving from medium to medium to full, the smoke now fulfill the palate touching every part of it and showing more and more complexity, creaminess and balance between mild acidity and creaminess. The flavor profile remains the same, cereals, vegetal, spicy and hearty characteristic just with more power and persistence.
Overall Rating : Rating:
This is a great cigar. I particularly enjoyed the size of the 898, which is very elegant and reflect on the smoke also. The leaves used were of an excellent quality and the stick was very well rolled, as I only use the lighter once during the entire smoke. It is a wonderful cigar for an after meal smoke, especially at evening time.
Is not a cheap cigar, but the quality, the construction and the experience delivered totally justify the price which is not very expensive either.
I would love to have this cigar with an aged champagne or a spicy white wine such an Austrian grüner veltliner or an Alsatian gewürztraminer.