Cigar Review: Partagas Anejo
Review by Luc Blanchard, Official MMC Reviewer (@mysticks35mm)
Partagas - Anejo
Size: Esplendido 4.5 x 60
Wrapper – Cameroon/Connecticut (shade)
Binder – Dominican
Filler – Dominican/Mexican
Toasted coffee bean
Bakers spice (cloves)
Immediately I noticed this cigar's good construction and shape, which is very conical and tapers in the opposing direction to the foot. The wrapper is Cameroon and is stripped by a thin exposed strip of Connecticut shade. Matte, lightly veined, with a pre light odor of sweet hay/molasses. A straight cut is chosen and a medium draw is achieved.
A toast/light and some rather poignant introductory notes of cocoa and toasted coffee beans. The retro has a minor bite as the very tasty retro sees a magnified version of the forward notes. About an inch in, we reach the largest diameter of the cigar. Ultra rich notes of dark cocoa are on the pallet alongside a mild note of clove bakers spices. The finish on the mouth is truly rich and oily, as dark honey adds to the mix.
In the start of the 2/3 and a consistent diminishing diameter and the burn has been flawless. A bulbous, dusty white ash grows on a delicate and thin ash fringe. The cone shape acts like a carburetor Venturi and the large diameter burn concentrates all of its offerings in a small opening on the pallet. The notes are still consistent and quite creamy.
Getting passed the halfway point and a substantial change in diameter and therefore tobacco being burned. The large barrel shaped ash has yet to give as notes of cloves, cocoa, cedar and a general toasted quality joins in the mouth on the finish. Into the 3/3 and still consistent, as a light black pepper starts building and the strength of this cigar gets near the medium mark. Visually, with the ash tapped off, we are now smoking a tapered corona. The small nub sees the disappearance of any sweet values as a more bitter and toasted walnut finishes into a medium plus conclusion.
An absolute flavor bomb without giving up mild qualities as you journey into a rich and naturally sweet experience. To add to this, a flawless construction and burn is also offered.