Partagas Panatela

Partagas Panatela

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Short Panatela
Size : 35 x 127 mm (5.0)
Price : ~$6 each

The Partagas Panatela is a pre-1960 release and has been discontinued since 2002. Partagas is a brand I love. When I saw this, collecting dust at the B&M, I figured it was worth a mere 6$ for a 10+ years old machine-made cigar from this famous marca.

Appearance : Rating: ★★☆☆☆
The wrapper is colorado, it is on the rough side but not the ugliest I have seen. The single cap looks good, same goes for the foot. The cigar has a slight box-press shape to it, I don’t mind that at all. I’ve got to say that I am a fan of skinny cigars, this is a good size for a quick fix. I rarely smoke machine-made cigars but this one looks all right when you’re searching for something cheap and cheerful.

Partagas Panatela

Construction : Rating: ★★★☆☆
The cigar seems to be a little underfilled but it is still stiff. Hopefully the draw will be good and not too loose. The foot seems full and tight. The cigar feels nice in hand. After a clean cut, the draw is up to par. It is a little tight but barely. No complaints here.

Flavor : Rating: ★★½☆☆
The pre-draw aroma is tobacco and light spices. It gives a little tingle on the tongue.

1st third:
Nice medium body, there is a good amount of smoke, spices, spicy cake, carrot cake through the nose. It leaves a long finish. There are some recognizable Partagas spices in it but nothing amazing like a D4 or P2. The thick creamy smoke coats the mouth. This is a good smoke so far but it lacks depth in flavours. Hopefully this will develop a little more. The flavors are straight to the point.

The ash is dark gray, almost gun metal/PVD gray. It is soft and it detaches with a little help. Definitely not a long ash contest winner but who would compete with a cigar like that anyways.

2nd third:
This has stayed at medium body. The carrots turned into fruits, macerated dry fruits, very close to the prominent Ramon Allones flavor. This is getting a little better. It is straight to the point, spices, toasted bread and dry fruit. As if Partagas and Ramon Allones made a cheap and cheerful cigar. It shows off some faint tanginess, just like blackberries that are not quite ready to be eaten. I think I want this cigar to produce more flavor than it currently is.

3rd third:
This Panatela moved to light medium body. It is showing similar toasted spicy bread flavors with that faint dry fruit lingering. I would describe it as a toast with tangy jam if that made any sense. It sounds better than it actually tastes. The spices have gone down and body decreased to light now.

It leaves a short finish on the tongue, a much dryer smoke than before. I would say this is a good way to finish this cigar. It is slowly dying, there is still an inch and a half to go but it is giving me taste signals to lay it to rest. Ten minutes after finishing this cigar, I still have a good Partagas taste that is reminding me of the cigar I just smoked and I like that.

Partagas Panatela

Value : Rating: ★★½☆☆
I would not necessarily go look intensively to find some but if a box surfaced at a low price, I would probably buy it for the “moochador”.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★½☆☆
This is a quick afternoon cigar, something you don’t have to sit down to enjoy and you feel no remorse if you have to toss it right after you lit it. That’s it!

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