March 20, 2018
Origin : Cuba
Format : Noblezas
Size : 138mm X 52
Price : USD 17
Since 2000, Habana S.A has released every year an ‘Edicion Limitada’ cigar. These cigars used to wear an extra aged wrapper only until 2007. Until then every leafs in the cigar goes through the extra 2 years of aging. This allows the blend to be rounder and smoother.
Edicion Limitada cigars are very easy to recognise, they wear an extra black and gold band indicating the year of release.
For 2017 Cuba announced three new limitadas, the most famous of all of them is the Cohiba Talisman (you can read the review here), then the Punch Regios de Punch and the Partagas Series No.1.
Draw : [rating:4/6]
Burn : [rating:3.5/6]
Flavour : [rating:3.5/6]
Aroma : [rating:4/6]
strength : [rating:4/6]
The cigar looks beautiful, dark wrapper very oily and silky. A true Edicion Limitada look. The touch is great and the cigar seems to be very well rolled.
The main brand band follows the alphabetical series of Partagas. Therefore we can read on the band “Series No.1” just like for the Partagas serie D No.4.
As soon as I light the cigar, the density is smoke is rather high and it draws well. However the first flavour profile encountered isn’t your typical cuban characteristic. It almost doesn’t seems Cuban. I have a slight spiciness on the lips typical of Partagas but the flavours remind me of the the earthiness of Padron cigars. Not the rich grassy and earthiness Partagas would develop normally. But this is just the beginning…
after few minutes, the cigar starts to burn strangely. The draw is still fine but the flavours tends to drop on the palate. We are close to the end of the first part.
A slight bitterness on the back of the palate slowly develops but nothing alarming for a fresh cigar. The flavours remain very unusual for a Partagas. Blind tested I could have thought it is a Nicaraguan cigar. The aroma is beautiful and the intensity of smoke is very high and enjoyable.
The second half shows some changes and evolution. The blend shows its potential and now are smoking a Cuban profiled cigar. Just the construction reminds you you are smoking a cuban cigar, the burn is not good, result of a poor construction.
All throughout the second part there is a nice intensity expressing an earthiness and a woodiness. The flavours are lingering on the palate and herbal and vegetal notes are present in the blend.
The last third is very rich but also very harsh towards the end. Lots of ammonia present therefore it Hyde’s the woodiness and earthiness from before. This is because the cigar is still young and in few years it should be gone. The draw remain good but the burn not so much.
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