Cigar: Partagas 1845 Classico
Binder: Nicaraguan Ligero
Wrapper: Sun Grown Connecticut Broadleaf
Tobacco: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Length: 5 1/4
Ring Gauge: 54
Early on when I got into smoking I always gravitated towards more milder cigars. I just wanted to blow smoke; literally. I thought Connecticut tan-colored wrappers always indicated that it was a softer smoke and dark wrappers indicated strong-tasting tobacco. Years later I learned the error of my ignorance and started grabbing all types of cigars.
In my opinion this is the only way to really develop your own unique taste profile. Cigars that I thought were great when I was a novice taste like crap to me now. One of my first attempts at a full body smoke was the Partagas 1845.
This is actually a Connecticut wrapped stick. Most Connecticut wrappers are a tan color, but the 1845 features a much darker wrapper. This is due to extra time being exposed to the sun while on the stalk. The results are a much deeper flavor.
The Partagas 1845 looks great. It is the darkest cigar I have ever smoked. It is tightly packed and very firm to the touch from top to bottom. Upon taking a sniff of the foot I got a nice hint of spice. I knew then that this cigar would be more than what I was used to.
The 1845 has a beautiful black and champagne colored embossed band that features some crests, coins, and a crown. Very regal. Still to this day one of the more memorable bands in my collection.
Upon my first draw I got a strong taste of pepper which immediately turned me off. An up front blast of spice is not my cup of tea. I prefer to let the flavor grow as you get deeper into the cigar; but that’s just my own personal preference. The burn line right now is really wavy, but that might be my fault. I’m outside and getting this thing lit with some matches was trying. It is always better to light cigars with a traditional cigar lighter. Cigarette fluid lighters can affect the flavor of your cigar due to the gas used.
As I get more puffs in, the pepper is still there but it’s not as overpowering as before. The ash is a dusty grey and holding firm thus far.
Right now I’m in the second thirds of this cigar. The flavor is deep and really coats my tongue on each puff. I wouldn’t say the flavor is harsh but it’s strong. You definitely taste the tobacco with the 1845. I suggest pairing this cigar with some water to take some edge off it. As I continue smoking it finally starts showing range with some notes of coffee and chocolate finally making an appearance. So far I’m not very impressed with the Partagas. Let’s see if things pick up for me.
As we get to the end, the Partagas is burning really hot and the taste is too harsh for me. The ash has turned a dark grey and is burning really unevenly. I’m trying to be a trooper but this cigar is just too much of everything I don’t prefer. I was hoping for more of a gradual build up here, but all I got were knock out punches. Lights out.
As I put the Partagas 1845 out of its misery in my ashtray, I felt disappointed. I was ready to embrace a heavier cigar but it just didn’t work in my favor. The flavor was too strong for me, and it burnt hot and unevenly. In all honesty though, I would give this cigar another chance if I came across it but I just haven’t.
I’m sure there are some smokers who keep this cigar steadily available in their humidor. But like wine tasting, cigars are subjective. If you have a chance try the Partagas 1845 out and let me know what you think. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts. Long ashes everyone.
1.5 out of 5 crowns