Monday, February 24, 2014

Cigar Review: Partagas Black Magnifico

Cigar: Partagas Black Magnifico 
Size: 6x54 
Wrappers: Connecticut Medio Tiempo 
Binders: Dominican 
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan 
Price: $8.64 at my local B&M; $6.99 per stick at Famous Smoke

For my next couple reviews, I wanted to examine a few of the brands that I first started with as a cigar smoker. Looking back at these initial cigar choices, I'm trying to remember how I reacted to the strength of the cigars the first few times smoking them because the majority of them are full bodied in strength. It could have been the fact that I was thirty to forty pounds heavier then or maybe I just didn't know any better... who knows? The next few reviews (this one included) would not be something that I novice cigar smoker starts with.
Giving the Partagas Black (Magnifico vitola) the customary prelight examination, I fould no issues with its oily, Connecticut Medio Tiempo wrapper nor in the packing of the cigar. I detected strong woody notes prelight but nothing else stood out to me. With a punch and wooden match, I took my first few draws and were met with flavors of wood and pepper right away. The pepper complemented the wood flavors well without overpowering but soon died down after ten minutes or so. Those wood flavors that started strong at the beginning of the cigar faded at the halfway point and were replaced with notes of leather and mocha. While the mocha flavors were only temporary, the leather notes stay until the end of the cigar, or just under two hours smoking time (1:54).

Besides minor burn irregularities with the cigar (which corrected themselves as time went on), I didn't have any issues with the Partagas Black. The draw was even (not too open or tight), the strength was consistent from beginning to end without wild jumps one way other another and it stayed lit.
To recap the Partagas Black Magnifico:
  • This is a full bodied cigar with complementary flavor points. It's not overly complex but enjoyable to those who prefer a stronger cigar.
  • While $8.64 is high for this cigar here in IL, buying it for $6.99 per stick (or less when in packs of five or box of 20) is in my opinion a much better option.
  • I enjoyed this cigar again after a number of years of not smoking one but like David's opinion on Rocky Patel cigars, the Partagas Black just doesn't do enough for me to separate itself from similar-priced cigars of the same strength. As that is, it will likely be awhile before I purchase one to smoke again.
As always, thank you very much for reading and I look forward to the next time I can share my thoughts with you.

1 comment:

  1. This is the one that started it all for me... This cigar is what got me going down the slop of premium handmade cigars. I haven't smoked one in years and I used to always keep them in my humi... I may have to pick up a few to keep around.. to bring back the memories... Great review thanks for doing a classic.