LiLo Posted March 11, 2010 Share Posted March 11, 2010 Today i Got to Smoke one of this years much anticipated EL's. I smoked the Partagas Serie D Especial. Partagas being my favorite of all the cuban brands i couldn't wait to dive into this cigar. Here goes... Pre light The stick is very soft to the touch. Maybe a touch under filled but nothing too drastic. The construction is a bit spotty. There are a couple large veins and quite a few glue marks. The red partagas Serie band is beautiful as ever but with the extra " Especial" Lettering on it. Pre light aroma is a very faint tobacco scent with a touch of the tell tale barnyard smell. Pre light draw is very loose and i got Sweet tobacco and hint of chocolate. 1/3 At the opening i was hit with a serie D #4 kind of wood,cream and spice. Very smooth though, not harsh at all. This flavor combination continues throughout the first third. 2/3 In the second third i was still getting wood and cream but the spice had died down considerably.I got a touch of pepper on the back of my throat during the finish which i should add was quite short but nice. The one thing that stood out was the smoothness though. Very smooth for such a young cigar that was rolled probably 2 months ago. The burn was a bit shabby but that is to be expected with such a young cigar i suppose. 3/3 This is where the cigar really shined for me. Along with the constant wood and cream i also got hit with some Chocolate notes along with some Nutty flavors. Wood, cream, chocolate and nuts along with the smooth finish made this a really complex smoke towards the end. Overall I liked this smoke a lot. It reminded me of a serie D #4 but with a few more tricks up it's sleeve in the last third. I was also very impressed by it's smooth flavors. I will definitely be buying a box of these. I will be trying out the Monte 2010 El soon and i can only hope it's as good as this. Final Score 91 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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