Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 02 June 2014

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Today we will be taking a closer look at two recent cigar releases on, starting with the Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro and ending with the La Palina Goldie Laguito Especial.

Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro Robusto Gordo

Partagas expanded its 1845 line by adding two selections to it in March: the Extra Fuerte, which I already sampled, and the Extra Oscuro, which I will sample for this particular review.  While the Extra Fuerte was designed specifically for brick and mortar distribution, the Extra Oscuro was released with internet and catalog retailers in mind.  Alan Willner, VP of marketing for General Cigar, commented on the pair:

“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.”

Jhonys Diaz, Francisco Rodriguez, and Yuri Guillen led the way for General Cigar with the Extra Oscuro’s blending, and now it’s time to see exactly what the trio came up with.

The Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro Robusto Gordo measures 5.5 x 52.  Other sizes in the line include the 7.5 x 54 Double Corona, 4.5 x 50 Rothschild, 6 x 60 Gigante, and the 7 x 58 Supremo.  The cigar’s filler has tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua.  The binder is made up of proprietary Dominican leaf, and a Connecticut Havano Oscuro wrapper completes and highlights the composition.  In terms of strength, the Extra Oscuro is listed as full-bodied.

The appearance of this stogie is pretty nice. A black and silver band wrapped around a beautiful dark brown wrapper. There is some great oil here and some veining as well. The Extra Oscuro looks to be very well constructed and weighty.   After giving it a squeeze, I notice no soft spots. The pre-light aroma is spicy, while the cold taste is both leathery and chocolaty.

During the actual smoking process, I had no major complaints to report. The Extra Oscuro lit with ease and provided a draw that was just right.  No touch-ups or re-lights were needed either.  The gray ash was a tad on the flaky side, but other than that, we’re good to go.

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