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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

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Another Wednesday, another pair of cigar reviews here on Puff.com.  Today we’ll be looking at a pair of recent releases in the form of the Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte and the Punch Rare Corojo Rare Salomones.

Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte Robusto Gordo

Tobacco giant General Cigar Company decided to expand its Partagas 1845 line with a pair of new offerings: the 1845 Extra Fuerte, which I’ll be sampling for this review, and the 1845 Extra Oscuro.  Both launched this month, with the Extra Fuerte limited to distribution in brick and mortar shops, and the Extra Oscuro limited to online and catalog retailers.

Here’s what Alan Willner, VP of marketing for General Cigar, had to say about both blends:

“These new collections enhance the taste spectrum of Partagas 1845 which is one of the best-selling blends in our portfolio. We anticipate that the appeal of these new Partagas 1845 cigars will be shared equally among those who favor the heritage and craftsmanship of classic brands, and those who seek to expand their smoking repertoires with exciting new tastes.”

Now that you have a bit of background on both of these lines, now’s the time to take a closer look at the Extra Fuerte.

The Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte comes in the following formats: the 5.5 x 52 Robusto Gordo, 6 x 60 Gigante, 7.5 x 54 Double Corona, and the 7 x 58 Supremo.  I chose the Robusto Gordo for this review.  The cigar has a filler blend of Dominican Piloto Cubano and Nicaraguan tobaccos from the Gurdian, Esteli, and ASP growing areas.  Its binder is Habano Connecticut, and an Ecuadorian Habano Ligero wrapper completes the composition.

The Extra Fuerte Robusto Gordo is an attractive stick that features a silver and black band near the head.  The band displays the Partagas name with a large eagle beneath it.  The cigar itself is dark brown with a decent amount of oil on the surface.  A few medium veins are present, and it feels firm to the touch.   Its cold taste is rather sweet, while the pre-light aroma is on the earthy side.

After lighting this Robusto Gordo, I get an excellent draw and a ton of thick smoke.  The even burn produces thick, white ash that stays strong for well over an inch.  Only one re-light is needed.  Zero touch-ups are necessary.  I put the total smoking time at around an hour and a half.






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