Origin : Cuba
Format : Grand Corona
Size : 140 x 20 mm (5.5 x 48)
Released in : 2012
Price : ~$20+ each
Partagas is amongst the oldest and most renowned cigar brands in Cuba, dating clear back to 1845. They are known for producing bold cigars, and the Partagas Serie C No. 3, the limited edition for 2012, is no exception to the rule. The tobacco used in the filler, binder and wrapper was aged for two years. This is a very strong cigar; unfortunately I did not find it very flavorful.
Appearance : Rating:
This cigar was produced with a smaller ring gauge and sits comfortably in the hand. The wrapper is a shade-grown Tapado leaf, a medium-dark brown color with a few prominent veins. The two red and gold bands have a simple design. The top one declares that this is a Partagas Serie C No. 3, and the bottom one announces that it is an Edición Limitada for 2012. I do not detect any hard or soft spots.
Construction : Rating:
Construction on these cigars seems solid, and maybe for the most part it is. The draw is good, and the burn is relatively even, though it does go a bit fast. The ash holds on well too. But there seem to be some issues with smoke. I ended up smoking several of these just to try and check. The first one didn’t produce much at all. The second two were better, but still not amazing. So I still am not certain whether this is an isolated problem or not.
Flavor : Rating:
This is another area where I just was not all that impressed. On the first third, I pick up cedar, leather, spices, and something else woodsy. The smoke is really strong. I am not referring to the flavors, just the body of the smoke. Interestingly enough, it settles down a bit in the middle third, but it is still pretty potent. Flavors include that same cedar along with nuts and coffee. The last third is pretty much the same, but there is a hint of something sweet. As you might guess, it swings right back into full force again with the strength.
This was the experience I had with all three cigars I smoked. In all three cases, the strength was almost overpowering, and the flavors were relatively simplistic and dull. They barely evolved at all, and even if they had, I have to say the strength would have probably overwhelmed me too much to appreciate them anyway.
Value : Rating:
These cigars are very expensive at over $20 per stick. I would give them a 2/5 on value, but I have noticed there are people who seem to enjoy these, so I am giving them the benefit of a doubt. Still, they weren’t worth that price to me.
Overall Rating : Rating:
The only thing about this cigar that really impressed me was the nice appearance, and that by itself isn’t all too much of an accomplishment. There were issues with the smoke, the burn was too fast, the flavors were bland, and the strength was just too much. There are people who like the Partagas Serie C No. 3, but I’m not one of them. I just don’t think such an underwhelming experience is worth $20+ a stick. I very much prefer the Partagas Serie E No. 2 that I recently reviewed.