January 3, 2008
Origin : Cuba
Factory Name : Double Corona (Prominente)
Size : 194 x 19.45 mm
Ring : 49
Weight : 17.86 g
Price : 15€ each
Along with Punch Double Coronas, the Partagas Lusitanias is one of the classic Prominentes. Prominente is a very long cigar, smoking one requires patience and concentration. Definitely not a cigar for beginners.
Appearance : [rating:4/5]
Pretty good presentation; if there is something that I didn’t like though, it’s the ‘straightness’ of the cigar. It just wasn’t perfectly straight! This is why, perhaps, I have experienced a few construction problems.
Construction : [rating:4/5]
The stick was rolled fine, almost no soft spots. However, I just hate when cigars die out and it happened quite a few times with the Partagas Lusitanias. I do realize that these cigars are extremely difficult to roll but from what I know only the most experienced torcedores are allowed to produce prominentes. I have smoked quite a few of those, and it’s a frequent issue. As for the light and the burn, I must admit that I never noticed any problems.
Flavor : [rating:5/5]
It is true that this cigar provides one of the most complex and richest flavors around. I guess this is the reason why a lot of people call it the best Habano ever. The beginning is a nice mix of expensive wood and nuts, the flavors are never overwhelming, they are just how they should be. After the first third, Lusitanias puts out notes of chocolate, spice and leather and it becomes very hard to distinguish them since the cocktail is very original and pleasurable. The end is mild, with creamy smoke and a taste of honey.
Value : [rating:4/5]
Honestly, I see Punch Double Coronas as a better investment (by the way, it’s cheaper). However, Partagas Lusitanias is a cigar that everybody should try at least once.
Overall Rating : [rating:overall/5]
Again, this is a cigar to discover. After all, it is one of the most famous Habanos, along with Partagas Serie D 4 and H. Upmann Magnum 46. Feel free to try it out and I hope that you’ll like it better than me 🙂
November 29, 2014
Bought a box and aged them in Wooden Humidor using the Boveda Packs for about 6 months. Flavour improved noticably from those I smoked soon after buying. Very leathery and even a hint of aniseed.
May 4, 2013
My Review of a 2 year old Partagas Lusitanias
A dress box of Partagas Lusitanias magically appeared in my humidor a while back, and I thought it would be a good idea to check on the box to see how these Lusis were aging, as I plan on going at least five years on these.
This is only the second stick from the box, I decided to wait a while after the first one was a little flat.
The color of the wrapper seemed to have darkened some since I last opened the box, hopefully this is a good portent of things to come.
Upon cutting the tip of the beatuiful triple cap, I take a pre-light draw and get a nice firm Cuban draw. Most habanos draw waaay firmer than non-Cubans; a testament, to me, of putting as much flavor and complexity as possible in one cigar.
It takes a light easily and as I take the first few puffs I pick up that unmistakable earthy, leathery and musty Partagas flavor profile right away! This is already an improvement from my first Lusi from this box.
There were still a few sour spots as I smoked, and the cigar required a few touch ups here and there, but I genuinely good care less on the construction on this one as I love the flavors this Partagas gave me.
As I smoked the prominent leather and earth gave way to coffee and wood with a bit of dryness on the finish. There was definitely some strength to this cigar (which is unusual in the DCs from Cuba – most are milder than their smaller cousins). The last 2 inches of the cigar was exquisite, a real finger burner!
One of my favorite smokes of all time was a five year-old Lusi that was complex and robust the whole way through. This is not quite there, but we are certainly moving in the right direction!
Rating: 89 (B+)
May 25, 2016
Any update on the aging process? Have a three year old box myself. Having one now and it is fantastic.
October 20, 2009
I am back from Cuba and here it is: Two hours was not enough to smoke this bad boy. It is a massive cigar, actually I had to place them in my humidor side ways in the drawers, as they are just that big.
Do this stogie when you have a lot of time and do not rush it. Construction and burn is excellent, never went out. For me, this is the best Partagas there is, demonstrating traditional Partagas qualities in every aspect. Mostly spicey, leather and yes, good chocolate flavours with ocasional creamy notes make this a nice eclectic smoke. Overwhelming and tiring to me, probably also due to the amount of bourbon I had with it. Save it for an evening after grilled meat dinner. Very strong and for sure it isn’t one for the newbies.
October 7, 2009
I have always had excellent luck with the Partagas brand. A few of them I have only tried because of the great reviews on this site. This one above ranks very high in my cigar books and on other sites, so the Lusitanias is the next Partagas I will try, as I am leaving for the Island of Cuba this Sunday. I will post my opinion in the coming weeks.
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