Origin : Cuba
Factory Name : Double Corona (Prominente)
Size : 194 x 19.45 mm
Ring : 49
Weight : 17.86 g
Price : 15€ each
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Along with Punch Double Coronas, the Partagas Lusitanias is one of the classic Prominentes. Prominente is a very long cigar, smoking one requires patience and concentration. Definitely not a cigar for beginners.
Pretty good presentation; if there is something that I didn't like though, it's the 'straightness' of the cigar. It just wasn't perfectly straight! This is why, perhaps, I have experienced a few construction problems.
The stick was rolled fine, almost no soft spots. However, I just hate when cigars die out and it happened quite a few times with the Partagas Lusitanias. I do realize that these cigars are extremely difficult to roll but from what I know only the most experienced torcedores are allowed to produce prominentes. I have smoked quite a few of those, and it's a frequent issue. As for the light and the burn, I must admit that I never noticed any problems.
It is true that this cigar provides one of the most complex and richest flavors around. I guess this is the reason why a lot of people call it the best Habano ever. The beginning is a nice mix of expensive wood and nuts, the flavors are never overwhelming, they are just how they should be. After the first third, Lusitanias puts out notes of chocolate, spice and leather and it becomes very hard to distinguish them since the cocktail is very original and pleasurable. The end is mild, with creamy smoke and a taste of honey.
Honestly, I see Punch Double Coronas as a better investment (by the way, it's cheaper). However, Partagas Lusitanias is a cigar that everybody should try at least once.
Overall Rating :
Again, this is a cigar to discover. After all, it is one of the most famous Habanos, along with Partagas Serie D 4 and H. Upmann Magnum 46. Feel free to try it out and I hope that you'll like it better than me :)