Origin : Cuba
Format : Prominentes / Double Corona
Size : 193 x 20 mm (7.6 x 49)
Box code : ULA NOV13
Price : ~$1,599 for a box of 15 cigars
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Usually when an experienced cigar aficionado hears hyped accolades of a recently released smoke, they run for the hills. The more the hype, the faster they run. So many of the recent Cuban releases tout their wares, listing breathtaking attributes that are designed to make one think they are enjoying something special, only to deliver disappointment. Such is NOT the case with the Partagas Lusitanias Gran Reserva. This pearl was a true delight to savor and enjoy.
Appearance : Rating: (4.75)
An unusually uniform cigar with few, if any, spines along the length. Consistency from the first stick in the box to the last. Light oiling on the wrapper and binder. Looks are not deceiving here. It is obvious that care was taken in manufacturing this cigar. No variances in thickness or density and arrow straight.
Construction : Rating:
One of the few shortcomings of this release is the “burn” of the cigar. Lighting gives you a delicate plume of blue smoke with a chalk white ash that stays with the stick for a good 4-6 centimeters. Where this stick fell short for me was the lack of evenness of the burn along the length. Most, if not all the sticks in the box that I enjoyed had to have multiple corrections made to the burn. It was an unnecessary distraction for what sums up to be a stellar smoke. Granted, consistency is a pet peeve of mine, and others can and do look past minor imperfections. It seems to me that if you are going to set down some serious coin to enjoy this cigar, this is a detail in quality control that should have had more weight when approving the product for release to the public.
Flavor : Rating: (4.75)
One word describes the tastes of this delightful stick—- WOW!!! To say that Partagas kept their best aged tobacco stock to make this limited issue smoke would not be an understatement in the least. From foot to head, this smoke delivers BIG TIME. If you enjoy earthy, woody or even peaty tones to your cigar, look no further than here.
Remarkably free of bitter tannins, the Partagas Lusitanias Gran Reserva gives you a taste profile that is consistent from foot to head. The last draw you take will taste like the first. Not once did I have to pause to clear my palate and I savored these morsels in their entirety without having to rinse my mouth or spit any bitterness. If you slip and actually inhale the smoke, you will be in for a delightful surprise. Earthy robustos tend to make you feel like you have had your lungs ripped out from the inside if you are not careful, but this one gives you a warm kiss as a thank you for your indulgence. Again, consistent flavor that is so subtle as to not make you feel as if your face was just slapped—- delivered in a light, smooth and enjoyable package gift wrapped for your senses.
The only note I noticed was just a slight hint of oiliness that was not unpleasant, and was barely noticeable. Were it not for that, bar none this would have been the most delightfully flavorful cigar I have enjoyed in a LONG time.
Value : Rating:
The price of this cigar is not for the faint of heart or wallet. That said, if you want to get something not many others have the chance to enjoy, this one delivers on the hype. Packaged in its own airtight collector’s case, the taste and humidity can be easily controlled so that if you smoke the box in a week or a year, you will enjoy that last stick just as much as the one you smoked a year ago when you opened the box.
Overall Rating : Rating:
Without reservation, I can confidently say that this smoke truly is without peers in its genre. If you want the cream of the crop, this smoke is the whipped topping of the cream and the finishing touch of a finely crafted cigar. Were it not for the burn issues and the price paid in relation to those issues, this cigar would be as close to a perfect 5 as they come. With some refinement, Partagas will have a top tier cigar that runs all comers off the road. They came VERY close here.
If you have a bucket list of fine Cuban cigars to enjoy, a Partagas Lusitanias Gran Reserva Cosecha 2007 definitely belongs on it. Without a doubt, it is one of the best of the best.