Origin : Cuba
Format : Short Delvalle
Size : 102mm X 50
Price : NA – Pre release
During the XXth Habanos Festival held this month in Havana, Habanos S.A. introduced two new vitola to the Maduro line of Partagas. After the big success of the Partagas Maduro No1, here is a review of the Maduro No2, received during the gala diner of the festival.
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The wrapper is dark and shiny.
When holding the cigar, we feel its supple and sticky texture.
The module is quite compact and well filled in tobacco.
The head’s cut reveals a brown and earthy looking filler.
The spiciness of the first puff announces a cigar of character.
We observe a slow burnt, mainly due to the heavy gauge and the thick tobacco.
It results in a fat and greasy texture when the ember embraces the wrapper.
It quickly develops a light creaminess that balanced well with the deep Partagas flavor.
Strength wise, it slowly increases all along, beginning as medium and ending as full body.
In terms of flavors we clearly spot the usual earthiness mixed with some herbals (hay, black tea) and spicy tones (green pepper, black bean).
The whole impression is rounded by the extra ageing of the wrapper leaf, even tough it tends to disappear toward the end, leaving a harsh feeling on the top of the palate.
The aromas released combines fermented wood and roasted coffee beans through a thick smoke.
The draw got slightly obstructed and demands more efforts toward the end.
It leaves some spices on the lips and a long and pleasant aftertaste once ended.
That’s a true hair of the Linea Maduro which offers an alternative to the strong profile of the Marca to anyone willing to enjoy Partagas without the super-heavy body and the dry earthiness.
It may be recommended to age them a year or so, to let the blend of leaves harmonizes itself and consequently decrease the harsh feeling of the last third.
Within the current production, we could consider this vitola as a good alternative to the Montecristo Petit No.2 and the Bolivar Belicosos Finos.