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Cigar Review: Partagas Heritage Rothschild

Partagas Heritage Rothschild

Partagas Heritage has been in the making for ten years. With a recognizable style red and gold band, packaging similar to a Cuban Partagas, and a proprietary wrapper from the Honduran Olancho San Agustin Valley, the Heritage is demanding high expectations.
Partagas Heritage 5

Partagas is part of General Cigar Company, one of the largest producers of cigars in the world. They produce top-names like non-Cuban Cohiba, Bolivar, Ramone Allones, La Gloria Cubana, Hoyo de Monterrey, and Punch. Other major brands included in the General Cigar arsenal are CAO, Excalibur,  Foundry, Helix, Macanudo, Sancho Panza and many others.

The Partagas Heritage is available in four sizes.

  • Heritage Rothschild  4 1/2 x 50 (reviewed)
  • Heritage Churchill     7 x 49
  • Heritage Gigante       6 x 50
  • Heritage Robusto      5 1/2 x 52

APPEARANCE
Partagas Heritage Pre-Light

The Partagas Heritage band is similar in format to the Partagas 150 and the unaffiliated Cuban Partagas Serie D. The wrapper is a medium brown with some veins, some mottled color variations and a matte finish. The roll is firm and pre-light draw is very easy with a raisin sweetness and subtle earthiness.

FIRST LIGHT

I am hit right from the start with a creamy smooth flavor along with leather, honey, and a bit of pepper. There is additional pepper on the finish and on retro, but minimal. I am already gauging this as a lighter-bodied cigar, but let’s see what happens.

  • Cream
  • Leather
  • Honey
  • Pepper
  • Light Strength

Partagas Heritage First Light

CRUISE CONTROL BURN

The Heritage is maintaining the balance of flavors from first light and a distinctive boost in strength. Over a third in and cocoa, cedar and a bit more pepper are joining the flavor blend.  The draw is extremely easy and the ash on the second cigar is holding on at the two inch mark. There is a distinctive up-tick in pepper on the palate and on retro as the cigar progresses from the first third and continues into the second third. A hint of citrus has joined into the mix and the soft sweetness is now more of a cranberry than honey. The finish has that malt note that I really enjoy in a cigar.

  • Cream
  • Leather
  • Honey
  • Cocoa
  • Cedar
  • Pepper
  • Citrus
  • Cranberry
  • Malt-like finish
  • Light rapidly transitioning to Medium Strength

Partagas Heritage Cruise

FINAL THIRD

The Partagas Heritage is still building in intensity and the flavors are well balanced. The light sweetness from the start is increasing from the cruise control cranberry note as is the pepper for a harmonious balancing of the two. The cedar has moved into the charred area (as I expect when getting towards the end of a cigar) and the malt has boosted on the finish. The citrus flavor is all but gone. Cocoa is present with no transitioning into any chocolate-like derivative.

  • Leather
  • Honey
  • Cocoa
  • Cranberry
  • Malt
  • Charred Cedar
  • Pepper
  • Medium Strength

Partagas Heritage Final

CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

  • Perfect, firm roll
  • Excellent Draw
  • Decently Sharp burn line
  • Overall Medium Strength

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Cream
  • Leather
  • Honey
  • Cocoa
  • Cedar to Charred Cedar
  • Citrus
  • Cranberry
  • Malt
  • Pepper increasing from start to finish

CONCLUSION

I find the Partagas Heritage journey from the light strength start with a noticeable progression to a medium strength cigar intriguing. Is it reminiscent of a Cuban Partagas Serie D? Maybe. The band brought it to mind while smoking the Partagas Hertitage, but yes, in some ways it is.

The propriety Honduran Olancho San Agustin Valley wrapper contributes a unique flavor experience. This is amplified with the currently favored blenders’ leaf, the Connecticut Broadleaf as the binder, and a three country filler blend. The flavor transitions are distinctive, making the Heritage an excellent smoke in the best of ways.

I look forward to smoking more Partagas Heritage cigars, especially the larger sizes. The Rothschild makes for a nice 30 minute smoke when time is limited.
Partagas Heritage Conclusion

Cigar For Review: Purchased

Cigars Smoked for review: 2

Cigar Smoke Rate: 90

Size:   4 1/2 x 50 Rothschild

Strength:  Medium

Wrapper:  Honduran Olancho San Agustin Valley
Binder:      Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler:         Dominican Piloto Cubano, Honduran Jamatran Valley,  & Mexican San
Andrés
Country of Origin:   Dominican Republic at General Cigar Dominicana

MSRP:   $8.49

Rob Malgieri

Rob Malgieri

Reviewer & Webmaster at CigarSmoke.net
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