Cigars City is an online cigar shop that specializes in same-day shipping, great customer service, and humidity controlled storage of all their cigars. Plus, their prices are great and they only show in-stock stogies on their website, which you can find here. Anthony Welsch contacted me to see if I would do an “honest assessment” of a couple cigars from their humidor, and I gladly jumped at the opportunity. He sent two budget friendly cigars, a Partagas Naturales Robusto and a Diesel Hair of the Dog. Today we’ll look at the Partagas.
-Country – Dominican Republic
-Wrapper – Cameroon
-Binder – Dominican
-Filler – Dominican
-Size – 5.5 x 50 Robusto
-Price – $3.95 at Cigars City
The Partagas Naturales has a slightly toothy wrapper with minimal veins and no soft or hard spots. There is a very faint barnyard aroma on the mottled, light brown wrapper, and the foot has a similar but fainter aroma. The cold draw presents almost no flavor, except for a slight dustiness.
The first puff has a sugary sweetness with a shockingly short finish. The smoke is very smooth and light bodied. As the cigar starts to warm up it goes through several different flavors. First, the sweetness starts to fade as the mild spiciness of the Cameroon wrapper starts to come in. After the spice a nuttiness emerges. These three flavors are very mild, and they mingle together for the remainder of the first third.
The second third develops a flint-like profile that threatens to overpower the rest of the blend. The sweetness has died down a bit and the spiciness, still very mellow, has increased slightly. About halfway through, no matter how careful I watch my cadence that mineral quality infects and affects the other flavors. For example, the nuttiness remains, but is now has an astringent quality to it.
Unfortunately, the final third continues to decline. The flinty, astringent flavors take over and the finish becomes ashy. As a side note, the delicate Cameroon wrapper cracked, but I blame that on the frigid Montana weather and not the cigar itself. With about two inches left I decided to call it quits on this cigar.
While the first third provided some pleasant and mellow flavors, the rest of the cigar made me forget the nice start. In today’s market it is hard enough to sell good cigars, and I think manufacturers have to actually try to make a bad cigar. If not for the first third, I would call this a bad cigar. However, read below in the “Rating” section to find out some uses for this smoke.
Flavor – Mild
Strength – Mild
Body – Mild
Construction – Good
Cigar enthusiasts should steer clear of the Partagas Naturales Robusto. However, this cigar could serve as “wedding cigar”, where most guests won’t smoke more than the first third anyway. Another use could be for mooching friends with billy goat palates. Alas, I give this a…
1 out of 5
You can find my rating system here.