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I'm not sure if it was my palate tonight but this cigar is the most complex and flavorful Cuban cigar I've had to date.
I didn't find much flavor with the cold draw, but once lit, the taste evolved from a cedar, woody taste I've come to associate with Partagas, to the last 2/3 having a more creamy taste. I detected strong notes of vanilla, graham cracker, molasses and eventually sweet butter (almost like kettle corn!). At the end, the resulting hot little nub burned my fingers and lips as I had a hard time putting it down and saying goodbye. The only flaw I found was an uneven burn (which I have experienced sometimes with perfectos), but I was able to coax it along with a periodic zap from my lighter. What a cigar!
478. Partagas LCDH Salomones Aged 2013
Store bought at Mellgrens Fine Tobacco in 2015.
Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens Fine Tobacco’s cigar lounge.
Dress box of 10 cigars.
Size: 7.2×57, Double Perfecto (Salomón).
Wrapper: Milk chocolate oily and smooth with small veins.
Construction: Firm even feel when lightly squeezed.
Cold draw: Cedarwood.
1st third: Starts with a cedarwood, wet leaves, notes of honey and cacao.
2nd third: Keeps it’s previous flavours.
Burn: Burns fairly sharp with a firm and stable whiteish ash.
Smoke: Light smoke with a cool feeling on the tongue and a tight draw.
3rd third: Gets a bit dry and bitter towards the end.
Duration: 17:50-19:10, 1h 20min.
Conclusion: A medium bodied cigar with a medium strength profile.
Result: In my book this is an 88 point cigar.
/Cigar Reviewer André
The sheer size of this cigar makes it the most wonderfully tactile stick in the whole Cuban cigar line up. It looks like a cigar ought to look and feels weighty. I am amazed there are any of these cigars left at all they are so tasty. Rich, deep and lustrous. Time consuming in the best way possible and yet not too strong at all. A gentle giant. Send your cigar butler for some first thing!
I have a box dated SEP21, I want to let them age a bit before smoking one. Look to experience one soon.
10 months ago