Comprehensive Cigar Reviews

Review By: Matt

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Look & Feel
Wrapper quality, smell from the wrapper, smell from the foot, box presentation, and color of wrapper.

 

Construction
Burn quality, draw quality, heat on the draw, quality of the wrapper, and cap construction.

 

Flavor & Balance
Overall flavor of the cigar, balance of flavors, strength to body balance, and complexity.


Value
Value taking the quality vs. the market vs. the market price


Overall Rating
Taking all aspects into consideration we rate based on the quality of the cigar and the quality of the experience. 




Review By: Matt

Partagas (Cuba)

70-80 Points - Poor to Fair          81-90 Points - Fair to Good          91-96 - Excellent          97-100 - Epic

One of the oldest brands in the world, Partagas formed in 1845 and has been providing quality cigars ever since.  Known for their dark and spicy flavors, Partagas provides a large variety of cigars within a wide range of prices.

Partagas Serie P No 2 - Piramide 6.2 X 52




Today I will be reviewing this cigar with Ed from CigarAudit.  This gives us a good idea of consistency between the two cigars from the same box. 


This cigar is an old favorite with many Cuban cigar smokers and is known for its spicy medium to full body rich flavor.  This is usually a consistent cigar and is often forgotten by the newer smokers.  Sometimes there have been draw issues as some Cuban piramides sometimes provide but often this can be fixed by a slightly deeper cut.  Habanos has become more consistent over the last 5 years so I'm excited to try the latest version of the P2.  These only have 7 months of age but I can't wait any longer... 


Look and Feel: 

A medium brown habano wrapper with fairly tight seams with medium veins.  Not the best wrapper you will see in a Habanos cigar but good in general.  The P2 is packed fairly full so I’m hoping for a full body cigar.  Pre-lit draw is sweet cedar and a fairly open draw for a piramide.


Foot Third:

At first light I get tons of peanut and cashew with woody notes of cedar.  Those subside to allow a pepper to enter on the finish with mainly wood notes.  About mid-way in this third the pepper and cayenne on the finish with earth and cedar on the draw.  My draw has tightened up during the third which is fairly strange.  The flavor profile that I get is the same as what Ed is getting so the consistency is pretty good as far a flavor.   


Body Third:

No real transition to start, maybe a little menthol on the finish.  I do get some herbal flavors to go with the existing earth and nutty characters.  The nutty notes are becoming less and less as the cigar progresses.  Body grew to mid-full in flavor but remained similar in profile.  I had hoped for more flavor transitions in this third but they never came. 

 

Head Third:
This third had flavors that took a step back, down to a medium body at the most.  Similar profile with touches of nuttiness from time to time but not enough for my palate.  Construction seems to be solid and my draw did opened up about near the beginning of the last third. 

Summary:

Overall this cigar is good but not great.  Could this be due to its young age…maybe but I did expect more.  The flavors are good most of the way but the best part of the cigar was the first 1/8 when peanuts and cedar were the prominent flavor.  There were some minor construction issues but in general, the cigar held well.  The finish was good for a fair amount of the cigar with pepper as the main flavor.  I plan to age these another 6 months and test them again…


Look & Feel:
88


Construction:
91

Flavor & Balance:

90

Value:
89

Overall Rating:

90