Partagas Añejado Corona Gorda

Partagas Corona Gorda Añejados

Origin : CubaPartagas
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 143 x 20 mm (5.625 x 46)
Released in : 2015
Box Date : OBE – June ’07
Hand-Made
Price : I paid $450 for an early box and subsequently seen them priced as low as $340 (under $14/cigar)

This is the 4th in the new Añejados line. As Inspector noted in his review of the HdM Añejados, the Añejados program have all been aged for five to eight years in their original packaging. At that point the packaging is opened and the cigars are checked for quality. Then the original band is placed back on the stogies and a second Añejados band is attached to each. The boxes are stamped with the word “revisado,” which means “checked.” Each Añejados offering is a unique vitola for the particular brand; so, this is the only Partagas currently offered in a coronas gordas vitola.

The Habanos, S.A. press release noted, “Through the aging process, the cigar has developed, becoming rounder and mellower to the palate with touches of delicate and sweetish taste and, above all, obtaining shades of woody taste because of being placed for all those years near the cedar from which the boxes were made.” I’m not sure what boxes the copywriter was looking at, because the Partagas Corona Gorda Añejados comes in a cardboard dress box.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★½
Natural (Colorado Claro), very uniform brown color, speckles of crystalline plume. Very attractive wrapper. I typically don’t like secondary bands, but the additional “Añejados” band actually enhances the presentation. Black and white ash.

Partagas Corona Gorda (Anejado)

Construction : Rating: ★★★★½
Feels well-constructed, consistent throughout, although perhaps a little loose or underfilled. Once clipped, I realized the draw was snug and perfect. Excellent volume of smoke. Burn was sharp, and just a little uneven. No touch-ups required. Lasted over two hours, but I think would typically burn for closer to 1 hour, forty-five minutes.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★½ (4.25)
Opens medium strength, very smooth and pleasant. Lots of flavors come through, but none dominate. A little earth, a little salt, some leather, light black pepper, a little oak char, a hint of milk chocolate… Really a lot going on. Very nice. Smooth and flavorful, no bite on the retrohale. Unfortunately, not much of a finish. About halfway, some of the softer flavors fall to the spice and astringency.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★½
The question many people are asking: Are these really specially rolled Partagas coronas gordas that Habanos planned to put in an añejados program back in 2007 or are they simply rebanded cigars from another marca? Well, in a blind test, I don’t think I would have said Partagas. I’d have guessed these were a much better Punch than I’m used to (I don’t smoke Punch very often). This question bothered me so much, I cracked open a box of discontinued Partagas Coronas (GSO – Oct ’06) and smoked them side-by-side to compare. The Partagas Coronas was a little more peppery and a little more raw, but similar enough. The Partagas band on the Añejados is the newer type, but I can’t say that they weren’t available in October 2007; however, the band seems new. In my opinion, the cigars may have been rolled in 2007, but they were banded and packaged this year. Does any of this matter? Probably not. For those curious, the Añejados was better than the Coronas: more flavorful, better draw, nicer smoke; although less of the classic Partagas flavor profile.

Partagas Añejado Corona Gorda vs Partagas 2006 Corona

The cigar is a delight, but the Añejados price point seems slightly high. The unique vitola ensures that it doesn’t directly compete against cigars personally aged, but how much of a premium is five to eight years worth? In this case, is eight full years of aging worth double the price one would expect for a Partagas coronas gordas? That partially depends on how many boxes are available for release and if the releases are limited to just one year. Habanos S.A. needs to clarify this if they want to create demand for the Añejados program.
Overall, while I’m not convinced that the Partagas Corona Gorda Añejados is exactly what Habanos represents, the cigar scores a very good 4.5 of 5.