These came to me by way of a 10 count box I purchased. For those that track box codes, the box code on this was AUB JUL 12. I had the fortune of trying these for the first time when I was in Cuba, in November of 2013. A generous BoTL gave me one and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wasted no time in grabbing a box not soon after I flew home.
Granted this is all a fairly big spoiler leading in, I hope you still enjoy the review.
A really great nose to start out here. A mixture of nuts and light cedar.
The Partagas Lusitanias measures 7.64” (194mm) by 49 ring gauge and is officially marked as a double corona vitola.
The Lusitanias has a long production history dating back pre-1960. Until 1976 the vitola was 7.24” (184mm) x 50 ring gauge. They are available in a 25 count dress box and a 50 count cab. In 2006 the 10 count dress box was added to the available line up.
Right up front the Partagas Lusitanias starts out with that definitive sweet Cuban tobacco taste. There’s also notes of hay, and hints of grass. The sweet tobacco develops into some complex creaminess, and the hay becomes more pronounced as the first third progresses.
It’s a very subtle first third but extremely savory.
The nuts that I picked up in the nose show up in the second third. Still quite savory and although the flavors strength is quite light, the flavors blend together to be extremely complex.
Still extremely complex going into the final third. The hay that was quite pronounced in the first third is almost undetectable by the final third.
Excellent burn which surprised me given the significant length. The cigar held the ash well. I did have to purge just before the final third and relight. I attribute that to the cool weather I was smoking in. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 40 minutes. I feel like I could have slowed it down to almost 3 hours because I was enjoying the flavors so much.
A single Partagas Lusitanias, if you can find them, will range from $17 – $22. The 10 count dress box comes in at approximately $155. If you’re really wanting to stock up, the 25 count dress box is roughly $342. For the collectors that can’t get enough, you can step up the 50 count box setting you back around $655.
Once I smoke through my 10 count box I will almost certainly be picking up a 25 count box. Given how much flavor the Partagas Lusitanias delivers, I think the value is excellent. Although the price point is well into the premium end, I think it’s worth it.
If you’ve been paying attention in the review up until now, it’s pretty obvious that I fell in love with this cigar from the first time I smoked it. Partagas is one of those brands for me that always delivers. The Lusitanias really seems to be the flagship cigar for Partagas, at least as far as I’m concerned.
Although priced well into premium territory, I think this is an amazing cigar that you deserve to treat yourself with.