Size: 5 1/2 x 50 ( Gordito )
Binder and Filler: Cuban
Price: ~ $20.00 USD each
Behind The Stick:
If there is one thing that will never change in America – it is the look on peoples faces when you tell them or show them your ‘latest Cuban cigar’ – well, at least until that whole embargo thing is lifted. While Cuban cigars are truly one country puro’s, the diversity and range of tobacco that this island produces is beyond words and ‘may’ be part of their draw and attraction to smokers across the world – aside from the whole rolling on the thighs of virgins thing.
One of the more famous marcas ( next to Cohiba ) is the PartagÃ¡s line, known to some by the red band and others by the flagship vitola, the Serie D No. 4 robusto. The Serie D Especial Edicion Limitada 2010 utilizes the D’s core and builds on it by adding 3/4 of an inch, making it a total of 5 1/2 inches long and a 50 ring gauge giving this cigar the name ‘gordito’ in the Cuban cigar factories. Released as a limited edition cigar in 2010, the PartagÃ¡s D Especial has been toted as full bodied and full flavored while most Americans who love the dark Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos may consider this to be closer to Medium in range. Enough rambling about illegal cigars – onto the damn review!
Rolled on the thighs of virgins and stuffed with weed – wait, no – that can’t be right. Irregardless of the stories that surround Cuban cigars, the fact of the matter is that the quality control levels of the Cuban factories – in my opinion – are second to none. Evenly packed from head to foot, maybe a little bit much for some ( the draw is a bit harder than I normally prefer, but not bad ), the triple cap clipped easily, foot lit even easier while the slow and steady smoke billowed from each puff. Both bands removed without hesitation and the burn line was – for the most part – spot on with little to no touch ups. I guess those Commies do have something up their sleeve.
With this cigar being 3 years out from release ( box date is September 2010 ), the PartagÃ¡s Serie D Especial Edicion Limitada 2010 gives us that earthy, spicy and leathery flavor profile that PartagÃ¡s is known for producing – all while giving it to us in a more refined, perhaps even less ‘intense’ platform. The beginning starts off with the woody, hay, earth and ‘twang’ that Cuban tobacco is so well known for, all while maintaining a longer finish than I was expecting. Not bad – but caught me off guard. The second third opened that spicy and leathery combination I had mentioned, the oak/cedar flavors still apparent but more so on the retrohale than on the main puff. The end of this cigars life – while not turning bitter – began to show signs that while an hour and some change in is excellent, there is still a limit on how long these like to burn for.
Some say the D No 4 is better, others that the LE is better but limited availability will prevent them from ‘taking off’ but even with my hate for ‘limited edition’ cigars – is the point of creating the ‘LE’ to prevent it from becoming a regular production item? The extra 3/4 of an inch does aid in giving the cigar more length to change flavors ( increase the complexity ) but not so much – in my opinion – to make it really stand out for or against the No 4 but rather one will ‘hit’ the preferred flavor profile sooner or later of the smoker. All the back and forth – try not to piss anyone off – aside, I liked the Especial’s, maybe even more than the normal D No 4’s but at the same time, these carry that “well shit – I can’t get anymore” that all LE’s fall victim to. That being said – if you can find them I suggest getting a box or 4 but if you can locate a single or even a pair, it is hard not to recommend them even at the $20 each price point. If you have had one please let me know your thoughts!
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