Origin : Cuba
Factory Name : Corona Gorda
Size : 143 x 18.26 mm
Ring : 46
Weight : 11.41 g
Price : ~$14 each (if you can find it)
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I have been trying to hunt down some older limited editions, those that were released before 2007. In fact, most Cuban cigars retailers still have the 2007's in stock, but nothing or not much prior to that year. On my Christmas trip to Madrid, I saw the Partagas Serie D No. 3 2006 Edicion Limitada in a B&M and immediately purchased some. They cost 11 € each and I was hoping for an exceptional experience, taking into account the 4 years of ageing. Of course, I couldn't wait and here is my review, after just a few weeks in the humidor.
The Serie D No. 3 is a corona gorda. There are no corona gordas in the regular production of Partagas although it existed in the past. The cigar I smoked is the re-edition of that old corona gorda, and also of the 2001 limited edition bearing the same name. As expected, it looks stunningly good with an intense brown wrapper that still has some serious oil. Nicely box-pressed, the cigar is very hard to the touch. Very light bloom is also perceptible. It has a typical "serie" red Partagas band and a second limitada band.
One of the cigars I smoked was almost plugged, another one had a really tight draw and the last one smoked fine. Considering the price, I was a little disappointed by this performance. Fortunately, this is the only issue I encountered with this cigar. It burned very well and provided comfortable amounts of smoke.
Pre-light, the cigar exhaled some kind of animal flavor. As I wet the cap before cutting, I feel something very close to tabasco on the tongue. Once lit, the Partagas D3 starts out on the milder side, a bit shy, with basic woody flavors. It is not as powerful as your typical Partagas. Building power progressively, it enters the second third with some more spice at the back of the throat, mixed with heavy earthy flavors. The evolution is linear but pleasant nevertheless. At this moment it is getting close in power to a Serie D 4. In other words, do not smoke it on an empty stomach. In the last third, toasted notes are added to the bouquet. I let it rest with an inch or so left.
It's not easy to judge the value of a limited edition. The mere fact that it's a limited edition is supposed to make us forget about the extra buck we're paying to acquire this cigar.
Overall Rating :
To conclude with, I should probably mention the obvious ageing potential this cigar has. Indeed, I can easily see it being really good in 3-4 years from now. This potential is taken into account in this rating. However, right now, the Partagas Serie D No. 3 LE 2006 doesn't have anything very special that would justify the hassle of locating a box for sale. An aged PSD4 is just as good.