General Cigar originally launched the Partagas 1845 in 2012. In 2014, the Classico was joined by 2 more lines, the Extra Fuerte, and Extra Oscuro. At IPCPR 2017, General relaunched all 3 frontmarks, with updated packaging, and all new blends. Today, we’ll be focusing on the Partagas 1845 Classico.
Brand: Partagas 1845 Classico
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
Factory: General Cigar Dominicana
Cigars smoked for review: 3
Cigars for review provided by: General Cigar Company
Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
Prelight: The wrapper is a slightly splotchy, heavily veined dark brown, which is well applied, but shows some bumps from the thick binder underneath.
The wrapper smells sweet like molasses with dark coffee, vanilla, and a roasty, malty character that reminds me of a stout. The foot smells almost like rum, sugar cane and a bready sweetness, and a little bit of charred oak.
The prelight draw has a syrupy sweetness that reminds me of a stout aged in rum barrels. Some molasses and brown sugar, vanilla, with a malty and roasty finish.
First third: The first third starts with a heavy note of charred oak, with a sweetness of molasses, a little baking spice, and a finish of molasses and white pepper. The retrohale starts out with a little bit of the charred oak, and a bit of black pepper, with just a touch of bready sweetness and baking spice that reminds me of cinnamon toast.
As I near the end of the first third, the finish takes on the roasted malt and vanilla notes that were very present on the cold draw work their way in.
Second Third: Getting into the second third, the sweetness starts ramping up into a sweet charred oak flavor, with a vanilla sweetness, creamy coffee, and a peanut note. The finish is getting much longer, with a start of black pepper, followed by the stouty sweetness, and a savory flavor similar to soy sauce that lingers on the palate.
The finish has a quality that I typically describe as ‘heavy on the palate’, meaning that the flavors linger long enough that they weigh on the palate a bit, and over time, flavors become muddled.
The retrohale in this portion is getting more spicy, more of a red pepper kick than the previous black pepper, with the same cinnamon toast note as before.
Final Third: Entering the final third, the black pepper on the palate begins fading quickly, while the sweet charred oak and coffee are increasing. Just after the beginning of the final third, the toasted bread flavor returns, and takes over the finish entirely. The retrohale is getting less spicy, with more of an earthy/bready note.
As the cigar winds down, the sweetness on the palate begins fading, leaving a touch of sweetness and spice on the palate, with the savory soy sauce-like flavor becoming the primary flavor.
Final Thoughts: The story of this cigar is really a the rich oaky notes that remind me of barrel aged tobaccos, though based on the information I’ve been given, none of the tobaccos in this cigar were actually barrel aged. The evolution of this cigar is less about transitions, and more about the ramping up of those primary oak notes and sweetness. The flavors really remind me of a barrel aged imperial stout, and I think this would pair really well with the aforementioned beer.
In my mind, this isn’t a cigar that I would go out of my way to smoke on it’s own, but I think the flavors will really match up well with any beer that’s been barrel aged, and I could see it making both the beer and cigar better than they are on their own.
Based on the pairing potential, and the extremely reasonable price point, this blend earns a very solid 87.
Tripp's Rating: 87 AKA “Five Pack”