Brand: Partagás Country: Cuba
Size: 4⅞ × 50 Wrapper: Cuban
The Label Factor:
What the The Partagás Serie D No.4 lacks in pizazz, it makes up for with it’s legendary status in the Cuban cigar world. The simple red and gold band is iconic, which is enough for many to easily pick it out of a cigar lineup. I don’t know why all these cigars are in a lineup, but let’s not get bogged down in silly details.
What We Liked:
I’ve always heard that Cuban cigars aren’t meant to be smoked right out of the box. A certain aging period is typically required for them to go Super Saiyan. This stick is from a January 2012 box, which means he was nearing his second birthday. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t quite make it. My condolences go out to Mrs. Partagás Serie D No.4.
The PSD4 starts off with a simple wood and peppery spice. The pepper comes and goes, only peaking in every few puffs to see how things are going. That spice eventually takes on a sweet note. I’ve never tasted cinnamon in a cigar, but this would be the closest I’ve come. Earth is the overall theme of the Serie D No.4, with notes of leather entering the mix later on. The profile is deliciously balanced and diverse, with an incredibly smooth smoking experience throughout. Combine all of these elements and you have a stick that should leave most any cigar smoker satisfied.
In my single stick experience, body never gets above medium or medium-full, while strength is a solid medium. In my opinion, this is about as perfect as it gets. Additionally, it pairs well with a root beer or other sweet beverage, which only makes me love it more.
What We Didn’t Like:
The biggest surprise with the Serie D No.4 was how quickly I smoked through it – a mere 40 minutes. Normally, I would consider this a positive because I don’t always have two free hours for a cigar. However, when it’s a Cuban cigar that I can’t easily replenish, it falls into the category of things that I don’t like. I need to keep me eyes out for a Partagás Serie D No.4.5.
Should You Try/Buy It:
This is my favorite of the admittedly short list of Cuban cigars I’ve had the privilege of smoking. If they were readily available in the US, I would not hesitate to revisit it over and over again. Looking online at various retailers, these don’t appear to be very expensive in countries that don’t have beef with Cuba…excluding Canada. If you live in one of those areas, do yourself and favor and try the Partagás Serie D No.4.