Origin : Cuba
Factory Name : Short Robusto
Size : 110 x 19.84 mm (4.3 x 50)
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Price : ~$15 each
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I was happy to put my hands on this cigar because the Partagas Serie D No. 5 LE 2008 sold out very fast in my local cigar shops and I almost forgot about it. Following the trend, it is a short robusto that is supposed to pack a full array of flavors in a small vitola. A mini-PD4, in other words. With all the leaves aged for at least two years, this cigar should be smokeable immediately.
The appearance does not disappoint. The oily colorado wrapper reflects the sunshine nicely, gold lines on the double band fit perfectly in the color palette. The cold aroma is pretty good as well.
I wasn't 100% satisfied by this one as I had to touch it up once and then relight it in the last third. Other than that, not much to talk about, the cigar was well-filled and provided a comfortable draw.
One can immediately feel the power of this smoke. The Serie D No. 5 starts out with notes of precious wood, quite rough to be honest. These dominant flavors are very strong and do not really allow to identify the sweetness in the background, I am guessing that one might recognize chocolate, vanilla and honey flavors there. The second third is more interesting as there is also some black pepper that nicely combines with the wood. The smoke is ample and delicious. The final may seem a little boring and frustrating though because the soothing sensation that you expect doesn't really appear.
As for the eventual comparison with the Serie D No. 4, it's not the same cigar, that's for sure. I would say that this limited edition is slightly less powerful and less balanced than its famous brother.
At this point, it's hard for me to justify paying $15 for a single. I would estimate the current value of this smoke at $10. Of course, we all perfectly understand that in 3 years, when this stick will probably be in its best shape, it won't be easy to find a box for sale.
Overall Rating :
The Serie D No. 5 is definitely a true Partagas. I appreciated the honesty and the pure power of this cigar. I am pretty sure that it will smoke very nicely in a few years when the spice and the wood will mellow out and allow us to discover other flavors that this baby packs. To be revisited.