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Wednesday, 25 December 2013

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Merry Christmas!  Welcome back to another great pair of cigar reviews on Puff.com. This time we will be covering the Partagas Cifuentes Enero and the Rocky Patel Private Cellar. These should be two great smokes if their predecessors are any indication. Let's light em up and get this review cooking!

Partagas Cifuentes Enero

The Partagas Cifuentes Enero comes from the Cifuentes house and is a shout out to the one and only Cuban cigar legend, Roman Cifuentes. It is part of the Partagas Cifuentes line, which is known for its flavor and smoothness. I hadn't added the Enero to my smoke list and had an hour to kill, so that is exactly what I did.  How did it fill that slot of time?  Let's find out....

The Partagas Cifuentes Enero comes in a classic Toro format, measuring in at 6 inches with a 54 ring gauge. The cigar comes out of the Dominican Republic and features a binder and filler that are both comprised of Nicaraguan tobacco leaf. The wrapper, meanwhile, is of the Honduran Medio Tiempo variety. We are told that it is medium to full-bodied in strength and I am banking on this one being closer to medium. Let's see if the old Spidey senses are tingling correctly.

From a looks perspective, the Partagas Cifuentes Enero does not win any beauty contests, if you even care about that type of stuff. It has a rugged mug, if you know what I mean. It’s a dark, oily brown with some medium to heavy veining which has me a little concerned right off the bat. I like the way it feels under my fingers though and the construction is pretty solid overall, especially for a stick that MSRPs at $6.25. It has a rich aroma, smelling of wood and tobacco. A pre-lit draw offers up some pepper and more of that delicious woodiness I am so fond of.

The draw is pretty solid on this one - not perfect, but pretty close to it. No real touch-ups (maybe one) and plenty of smoke to blow around. The ash was solid and lasted around the one inch mark or so. Smoking time was about an hour and five minutes.






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