Partagas Panatela

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1 review for Partagas Panatela

  1. Simon

    Partagas Panatela

    Origin : CubaPartagas
    Factory Name : Short Panatela
    Size : 35 x 127 mm (5.0)
    Price : ~$6 each

    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.

    Appearance : [rating:2/5]
    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.

    Partagas Panatela

    Construction : [rating:3/5]
    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.

    Flavor : [rating:2.5/5]
    The pre-draw aroma is tobacco and light spices. It gives a little tingle on the tongue.

    1st third:
    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.

    2nd third:
    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.

    3rd third:
    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.

    Partagas Panatela

    Value : [rating:2.5/5]
    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 : [rating:2.5/5]
    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!

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Cigar Region Cuba
Filler Cuban
Wrapper Cuba
Binder Cuba
Length 5
Ring Gauge 35
Vitola Short Panatela
Construction Hand Made