New Partagas 1845 Heritage Rewrapped cigars were introduced by General Cigar in April 2012. Although the company's original Partagas cigars also have an 1845 on their red colored bands, the new Partagas 1845 cigars support black bands with rotated print and imagery. Do not confuse the new Partagas 1845 cigars with Partagas Black, which is another distinct line of Partagas cigars that have traditional black bands. Partagas 1845 cigars are available in four different sizes, and are a departure from the original line's use of Cameroon wrappers. The new 1845 line has been "rewrapped" in an Ecuadorian Habano Viso wrapper. The cigar also uses a Connecticut Habano binder and a blend of fillers from Nicaragua and Dominican Republic, some of which were aged in rum barrels. If you need more information on these cigars, see General Cigar's press release.
I reviewed an original Partagas Robusto Cigar back in 2006, but to refresh my memory, I was lucky enough to find a Partagas Naturales in the bottom of my humidor, so I could now make a better comparison to the new Partagas 1845 line of cigars. The sizes used for the comparison were the 1845 Robusto, measuring 5½ inches in length with a ring gauge of 49, and the 1845 Corona Extra, measuring 4½ x 46. The Partagas Naturales measured 5½ x 50 (the Robusto in the original line measures 4½ inches long). As indicated in my prior review, original Partagas cigars (with red bands) are made with Cameroon wrappers and a blend of Mexican and Dominican fillers (bound inside a Mexican San Andrean binder). Therefore, there are more differences between the two lines than just the wrappers.
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The new Partagas 1845 cigars are advertised as being fuller than the originals, and this statement is absolutely correct and accurate. I found the original line to be medium bodied with a naturally sweet and toasty tobacco flavor, while the new 1845 line was medium-to-full bodied with a much richer and fuller earthy flavor with hints of cocoa, but the smoke was not as sweet tasting as the original line. Both lines deserve a solid 4-Star rating in the flavor department. They do not taste the same, but both lines are just about as good. The original line (red band) should appeal to all cigar smokers including beginners
, while the 1845 line (rotated black band) is more for experienced smokers, but advanced beginners should enjoy them, too.
Draw and Construction
All Partagas cigars sampled were well-made, had relatively even burns, and held a long ash. No relights were required, but a touch-up light was applied to each of the 1845 cigars to keep the burns perfectly even. I have to note that the draw on the 1845 Corona Extra was more free and easy than the firmer draws on the other cigars sampled. The looser draw coupled with the Corona Extra's smaller size made for a slightly more enjoyable smoking experience. I usually prefer cigars made with tobaccos having a fuller flavor profile in a smaller size (plus it also helps having an easy draw). It took me 45 minutes each to smoke the Partagas 1845 Corona Extra and the Partagas Naturales down to two inches remaining. Smoke time for the 1845 Robusto was one hour. I also sampled a Partagas 1845 in the Double Corona size (7¼ x 54), which took about two hours to finish. This was just too large of a cigar to enjoy on a regular basis, unless you have plenty of time. When I have a couple of hours to burn, I'd rather enjoy two different cigars, as opposed to smoking just one. Besides, sometimes you never know for sure if you will actually have two uninterrupted hours to enjoy such a large cigar, and nobody wants to waste any part of a perfectly good cigar.
Here's some good news. The MSRP on new Partagas 1845 cigars is $5.99 to $7.49 per stick, depending on size, when purchased as singles. However, when purchased in boxes of 20 cigars, I found online prices of the Corona Extra and Robusto sizes at $70 and $76, respectively. This brings the cost per stick down to $3.50 for the Corona Extra and $3.80 for the Robusto. If you prefer a larger cigar, similar box discounts are available for the Gigante and Double Corona sizes. This is a great value for a very good tasting fuller flavor cigar, especially in the Corona Extra size, at least in my opinion (I almost rated that one 4½ stars). For newer cigar smokers, I recommend original Partagas cigars with red bands. Partagas Naturales are available online in boxes of 25 cigars for $94. Either way, you can't go wrong.
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