Origin : Cuba
Factory Name : Short Panatela
Size : 35 x 127 mm (5.0)
Price : ~$6 each
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The Partagas Panatela is a pre-1960 release and has been discontinued since 2002. Partagas is a brand I love. When I saw this, collecting dust at the B&M, I figured it was worth a mere 6$ for a 10+ years old machine-made cigar from this famous marca.
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.
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.
The pre-draw aroma is tobacco and light spices. It gives a little tingle on the tongue.
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.
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.
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.
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 :
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!