Brand: Partagás Country: Dominican Republic
Size: Robusto 5.5×49 Wrapper: Corojo
The Label Factor:
Well, thanks goodness for random samplers, because I never would have purchased this cigar on it’s own, purely because of the underwhelming label. First of all, it’s ugly. Second of all, there are several paragraphs of Spanish text that I don’t understand and I am programmed to dislike what I don’t understand. In a nutshell, ugly label. BUT! This turned out to be a pretty enjoyable smoke, especially considering the price I paid: $0.33. This was one of three cigars from a CI sampler for $1. A cigar would have to be pretty bad for me to think it wasn’t worth $.33.
What We Liked:
Okay, the flavor was good, but not great. I’ll get to that. First, I want to talk about the construction of the Diciembre. Perfect. It was a perfectly constructed cigar and everything about the smoking process was flawless. The draw was smooth and easy. The burn was long and even. Smooth, easy, long, even. Perfect.
This stick started out pretty strong. I don’t mean strong in a tobacco-y sense. I mean the cigar started out like a champ. Right off the light there was some pleasant pepper and a very round tasting creaminess. I don’t know if “round” is a taste, but that’s the impression the cigar left — a very round, smooth flavor. Well, at least for the first half. I detected a pretty drastic shift about 1/3rd of the way through the cigar, which takes us to the next section…
What We Didn’t Like:
Imagine a movie that starts off being the best movie ever, but then something happens partway through that just ruins everything. Well, act two of this cigar was chalky and… edgy. Whereas the beginning of this smoke was characterized by flavors leaving a round impression, the second part tasted jagged. Pepper can be a tricky flavor in cigars. If it is mellow and subtle, I love it. If the pepper gets too aggressive and is all up in my grill, I find it less than enjoyable. The pepper picked up here and was somewhat dominant. The pleasant smoothness from the beginning was replaced with a somewhat harsh, mineral-like bite.
Should You Buy/Try It:
If you can find the Partegas Cifuentes Diciembre as part of a discounted sampler, then give it a shot! The early part of this smoke is truly remarkable and worth experiencing. You may want to turn the movie off before the end though — there is a really lame plot twist.