Agile Cigar Reviews replace what we termed “Assessment Updates”. The concept is the same, but the name is different. Agile Cigar Reviews use a lightweight, shorter format. These will never take the place of our comprehensive reviews. They are only used on blends we have previously assessed. This might be a blend we are re-scoring or providing a score for a first time. It might be a blend we are looking at in a different size. Today we look at the Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte in the Double Corona size. This is a cigar we previously did an assessment in the Robusto Gordo size back in May, 2014.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Ligero
Binder: Connecticut Habano
Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano, Nicaraguan (Guadian, Esteli, ASP)
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Double Corona: 7 3/8 x 54
In 2012, General Cigar Company introduced a new cigar in its Partagas brand called the Partagas 1845 Heritage. The cigar from both a presentation and packaging standpoint was meant to introduce a more contemporary offering by General into the Partagas brand. Two years later, an off-shoot of the original Partagas 1845 Heritage line was released called the Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte. The Extra Fuerte contains a similar profile to the Heritage, but utilizes from higher primings, contains extra ligero, and its tobaccos incorporated have undergone extra barrel aging and fermentation. Today we look at the Extra Fuerte in the Double Corona size.
The Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte is a cigar that was geared for the brick and mortar shops. For internet and catalog companies, another cigar was released in parallel called the Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro – containing a completely different blend.
The packaging of the Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte is similar to the Heritage. It features an acrylic slid top lid. The box itself can be propped up. There is an open slot in the front by which the cigars can slide down.
The Partagas Extra Fuerte Double Corona is a large cigar measuring 7 3/8 x 52. It features a Ecuadorian Habano Ligero wrapper (as opposed to the Ecuadorian Habano Viso priming not Heritage). It incorporates a Connecticut Habano binder which comes from a proprietary Habano seed tobacco to General Cigar. The filler is a blend of Dominican Piloto Cubano and Nicaraguan tobaccos from Guardian, Esteli, and ASP.
Whether it was the Double Corona size, or the fact that this Partagas 1845 box could have been from a later production batch, I found the flavors much more developed with this cigar. I detected notes of natural tobacco sweetness, earth, citrus, grass, and red pepper. The citrus component delivered more in the way of sweetness and less acidity this time around. This isn’t a cigar that undergoes radical flavor transitions, but delivers nice flavor nuances. The Extra Fuerte definitely had a spice component as the red pepper component was present throughout the smoking experience, yet it never overpowered the palate. I liked how this Double Corona delivered flavors right until the end – never running out of steam.
From a strength and body perspective, I found this cigar starts out medium strength and medium-bodied. Both the strength and body progress at the same rate – moving to medium to full later in the first third, and full strength by the midway point. I assessed the strength and body based on factoring in the retro-hale – which is a key component to getting the most out of this cigar.
The construction of this Double Corona was excellent – and this reflected nicely in both the burn and draw. The cigar also had excellent combustion from start to finish. Considering this is a blend that contains more ligero and higher primings in a 7 3/4 x 52 vitola, I was very impressed with the way this cigar performed from a burn and combustion standpoint.
Overall, I found the Double Corona size to perform very well with the Partagas Extra Fuerte. It’s a cigar I’d smoke again, and it’s worthy of a fiver.
Strength: Medium (Start), Medium to Full (Late First Third), Full (Second Half)
Body: Medium (Start), Medium to Full (Late First Third), Full (Second Half)
Assessment: 3.0 – The Fiver
Original Assessment: Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte
News: Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte
Source: Cigars Provided by Manufacturer (*)
Stogie Geeks Podcast: Episode 165
Stogie Feed: Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte Double Corona
* General Cigar Company is a sponsor of Cigar Coop and Stogie Geeks