General Cigar Co. released two new "channel-specific" blends in their Partagas 1845 line. The Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte, exclusively for B&M shops, and the Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro, available only through internet & catalog retailers. Today I will be reviewing a Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro, that I received from General Cigar Co.
I really enjoy the looks of this Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro. There is a slight oil shine on the Connecticut Havano Oscuro wrapper, and the the construction is great. I could not find any soft/hard spots and the seams were clean. Minimal veins and a slightly bumpy surface look very natural. Not to mention the awesome chrome & royal purple band, which really pops on the almost black wrapper. The aroma off this cigar is something else! Very strong leather and dark sweet tobacco hit my nose and leave a slight tingle behind. Cold draw is perfect and has a small sweetness, but has a LOT of spice. Which, is making my lips and tongue tingle like crazy! Time to light this bad boy up!
No surprise, it took more effort to get a full burn on the Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro. These dark, oily wrappers don't just ignite, but once lit, the burn is starting off razor sharp. The spice I was hit with on the cold draw is definitely present on the retrohale, but much more subdued on the draw. The flavor profile starts off with a solid smokey, wood note and sweetness in the background. The sweetness evolves into a nice, dried fruit note, with a smooth black pepper aftertaste. Smoke production was nice, if only a medium thick, white cloud. The ash is light grey with charcoal banding and, for the most part, is nice and tight, holding on into the second third.
In the second third of the Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro, the sweet, dried fruit flavor takes the forefront. I can't quite pin it down, but it is most like raisin. And there is still a definite black pepper spice, that tends to leave the back of my mouth tingling. All these flavors sit very cleanly on the palette, and I am definitely enjoying them. Smoke production picked up and the burn got a bit wavy, but was nothing major. The ash held on, but was pretty loose and fell apart when I got it off.
The final third of the Extra Oscuro really mellowed out. The black pepper went to the background and I keep getting some bitter flavors. So I slowed down on my draws, trying to smooth things back out. The problem I ran into here kind of killed the last half of this third. Smoking slow enough to keep the bitterness away caused the cigar to keep going out, and if I smoked fast enough to keep it lit, it got bitter. Which was a shame, because is was enjoying this cigar. That said, I was finally able to find the sweet spot and finish the cigar. Which, ended with black pepper spiced, fig flavors.
Overall, I enjoyed this cigar. It burned great and had a tasty profile, that changed up enough to keep it interesting. The final third had a few bitterness issues, but once I got away from that, it was perfect. Not my favorite smoke, but definitely worth picking up a few. I don't think anyone would regret the purchase, so give it a try.
86 - Couple I teetered between couple or fiver, but in the end, I would honestly buy a few at a time if I ran across them.