Cigar Review – Partagas 1845 Corona Extra
The new Partagas 1845 is the first new Partagas blend to emerge in about 10 years, so needless to say, its release was pretty well-anticipated. This stick is the first Partagas cigar to use an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, as well as a Habano-seed Connecticut Broadleaf binder, atop a blend of viso, seco, and ligero Dominican Piloto-Cubano and Nicaraguan filler leaves. I had been looking forward to testing this one out, so I wasted no time in grabbing one of the Corona Extra (4 1/2 x 46) vitolas for a review once these hit our receiving dock.
The 1845 had a regal, upscale look to it, with a snazzy gold and black band resting on its dark brown, oily and veiny wrapper. This was definitely quite a bit more “New School” than any previous Partagas packaging that I had seen. Cold draws gave off a faint taste of coffee and toast, and I proceeded to light up.
This stogie started off with a really nice, balanced taste of deep baking spice and espresso right from the first puff. I was enjoying this initial profile quite a bit, and about ¾ of an inch into the cigar the flavors developed, and I picked up a slightly sweet, spicy note that strangely reminded me of Mexican powder candy. This was turning into an interesting smoke, to say the least.
As I burned into the 2nd third my taste buds were met with a rich, toasty earthiness, and I started to detect some smooth cocoa flavor in the mix. The stogie was burning nice and clean, and I was building a solid, marbled white ash. The draw gave a perfect amount of resistance to convey the flavors of the cigar, and I got a healthy dose of bold, “dark” spice on the retrohale. A bit further in I started to pick up faint notes of Anise and nuts accompanying the predominant smooth tobacco flavor.
The final 3rd was surprisingly creamy compared to most other cigars I’ve reviewed, and by this point my palate was coated with a nice, medium spice. This was a rare instance where I felt compelled to impale the remainder of the cigar on the end of a crudely-sharpened matchstick in order to suck the last bit of flavor out of the nub. I did just that, and was treated to a savory profile of roasted nuts, cocoa, and rich tobacco right until the end.
The Partagas 1845 Corona Extra lived up to the high expectations I had for it. There were no issues with performance, and it had consistently great flavor with subtle and unique complexities. I think they were looking to breathe some new life into one of the worlds oldest and most respected cigar brands, and in my opinion, they achieved that. The Partagas 1845 is certainly deserving of repeated smokes, and based on my first experience with it I’m giving it a grade of A. This isn’t your grandaddy’s Partagas, that’s for sure.
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