Review of Partagas Heritage Cigars
By: Gary Manelski
The new Partagas Heritage is a special cigar developed over ten years ago. The blend consists of Honduran, Dominican and Mexican filler tobaccos, a Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and a Honduran OSA wrapper. The cigars are available in four sizes, ranging in price from $8.49 to $9.59 per single cigar. For more information about these cigars, please refer to the press release.
I smoked three sample Rothschild (4½ x 50) cigars for this review. All of the cigars began with a naturally sweet tobacco flavor, but the second sample had a more noticeable peppery taste than the other two cigars. The pepper was hardly noticeable in the first sample, as a sweet earthy taste was predominate. The third cigar had a just a modest pepper taste along with some sweetness. About five minutes into the first and third cigars, a subtle taste of spice emerged, which was very enjoyable. It took about ten minutes for the peppery taste in the second cigar to fade more into the background. The smoke became smoother and had more of a leather taste with hints of spice approximately 20 minutes into the first and third samples, and 25 to 30 minutes into the second sample, which smoked a bit drier than the other two.
All three cigars had very good draws, held a long ash, and had mostly even burns. All lasted about 45 minutes down to two inches remaining. No relights nor major touch-ups were needed during that time. All three cigars were medium-to-full bodied, and the flavor was very good to superior. I rate the first and third samples with a superior 4.25 points on a 5-point scale, while the second sample still deserved a very good 4-point rating. It is not unusual for cigars in the same box or package to taste and smoke a bit differently, but a sample size of only a few cigars is not large enough to make any inferences as to their consistency.
I have always enjoyed Partagas cigars, and would have to consider the Heritage to be one of the best in the Partagas brand. A single Rothschild sells for $8.49, but 5-packs are available online for as low as $27, at least as of this writing (April 2017). They are definitely worth giving a try.