January 29, 2010
Origin : Dominican Republic
Factory Name : Churchill
Size : 7 x 48
Wrapper : Honduran San Agustin
Filler : Dominican, Mexican, Honduran
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Price : ~$6 each, ~$109 for a box of 25
This past weekend I went down to NYC from Upstate NY and paid a visit to Club Macanudo to try it out.
Everything there is quite posh and the cigars as you can imagine are quite pricey. They only sell cigars made by General Cigar so I decided to try the Partagas Spanish Rosado Mitico which is the Churchill.
Appearance : [rating:4/5]
The wrapper is a fantastic cinnamon color. It had a very nice oily sheen on it and felt velvety. The cap was a little on the ugly side by that is splitting hairs. The label was typical Partagas in a gold hue with red lettering.
Construction : [rating:3.5/5]
The cigar is firm from cap to foot. The gorgeous, reddish-brown wrapper is grown in the San Augustin Valley of Honduras. It had a great oily sheen. The binder is Connecticut Broadleaf. The fillers are a mixture of Dominican and Honduran, and Mexican tobaccos. The prelight draw was very good. The ash held on for about 2 inches and was gray in color. The draw was very good throughout the entire smoke. I did have to correct the burn on 3 occasions. That was a little annoying.
Flavor : [rating:4/5]
It smelled of sweet tobacco and the foot had a slight odor of manure. I clipped the cap with the supplied Club Macanudo guillotine cutter. It lit easily using the also supplied Club Macanudo butane lighter. Right off the bat there was a sweetness to it that tasted like cinnamon and citrus. There was also a taste of just tobacco. I did not find it at all spicy. The smoke, while thick and plentiful, was kind of dry so I was glad I had my Weihenstephan which is an excellent wheat beer I also had for the first time. There was sweetness on the retro-hale also. The cigar had great flavors and did not change much at all throughout the entire cigar. That was okay though as I was enjoying it. Now I do have to say this was probably the longest lasting smoke I have ever had. It went on for two hours and I finally put it down with probably a couple inches left because I had to get going.
Value : [rating:4/5]
Well, at the $23 per stick at Club Macanudo it is not a very good value. However at the street price of $6 per cigar this is good value especially if you consider how long it lasted.
Overall Rating : [rating:4/5]
This was the first time I ever had this cigar but it will not be my last. I plan on grabbing a 5 pack right away. I recommend you give these a try.
A note about Club Macanudo: The prices there are crazy but I must say if you are in NYC I still recommend you give it a go. It was cool just to go there that one time and experience it. It is posh, has a fantastic bar, and great atmosphere. There are not many places where you can enjoy our hobby with lunch and a couple drinks all in the same place. As usual though, your mileage may vary.
March 13, 2011
I’m afraid we have as many smoking bans as you do… Here buying cigars is totally disconnected from smoking them. There is no real social environment; it’s very rare to make new friends around a cigar. Maybe there are a few cigar shops with lounges, but I have never seen one (in the UK perhaps?). People usually smoke cigars in cafés outdoors when the weather allows it or at home.
March 13, 2011
I don’t know if Europe still allows smoking everywhere, but if it does, maybe that’s the reason you don’t have cigar lounges. Most states here have anti smoking laws and any building that can be accessed by the general public has to be non-smoking. That’s why cigar lounges are so popular here. We need somewhere to buy cigars and smoke them. Its also a nice social environment too.
January 29, 2010
It’s nice to read about cigar lounges that seem to be quite popular in the USA. This is definitely not the case on the other side of the Atlantic 🙂
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