Had one last night to celebrate my 50th Birthday. An awesome changing smoke, that had some very rich knock-out strength at the end, that just capped a great experience. Thanks Abel, for saving this one cigar for me - I thought about you, your store and your homeland on this special occasion.
Review: Partagas Serie D No.4 Reserva
This was a great friggin’ smoke. This is an incredibly difficult cigar to find. Even when it was released in 2005, there were only 5,000 boxes (100,000 cigars) total produced for the entire world market. Manufactured with tobacco leaves specially selected from the 2000 harvest and aged for three years prior to being rolled, the cigars came in a small box (20 cigars to a box) that looked like a humidor. The cigars have the normal (kick ass) red Serie D band, but just below is a black and silver band reading “Reserva.”
- Cigar Reviewed: Partagas Serie D No.4 Reserva
- Country of Origin: Cuba
- Factory: Fernando Perez German
- Binder: Cuba
- Filler: Cuba
- Size: 4 7/8 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 50
- Vitola: Robusto
- Est. Price: $50.00 or more (if you can find them)
- Number of Cigars Released: 5,000 Boxes of 20 Cigars (100,000 Total Cigars)
I have to say, I LOVE the Robusto size. It is almost like the perfect sized cigar to me … not to short, not too long, and not too large a RG. This Reserva was no exception, in fact, it was perfectly constructed. The stick was fairly spongy when squeezed, and the wrapper is a nice golden brown color that smelled of tobacco and just a bit of cinnamon. After punching it and taking a prelight draw, there were strong flavors of oak and spice. It lit very easily, and I immediately tasted a large amount of spice; not pepper, but spice (the difference to me in a cigar is that spice makes the mouth tingle, while pepper is more of a scent and taste … if that makes any sense). Also present was the always easy to identify Cuban sweetness, kind of a creamy, earthy sweet flavor.
In the second third of the cigar, the spice leveled off (but was still very present), and the dominant flavor was a great combination of sweetness and oak, with a little bit of what tasted like roasted nuts.
The Final third was quite a bit more reserved (get it? Reserved?) then the first two. The spice almost disappeared, the cigar mellowed out quite bit, and the oak and sweetness were the main flavors. There was also just a touch of chocolate and it was VERY nice to taste after all the spice. These flavors made for a smoke that was extremely enjoyable to the end.
- This is a cigar with a lot of spice, but it never overwhelmed the other flavors that were present. In fact, it actually made them quite a bit more enjoyable, since I could taste the contrasts between them. I would categorize this as one of the smoothest and most complex smokes I have smoked till now.
- Interestingly, the ash did not stay on longer then about half an inch the entire stick.
- The Burn and Draw were perfect for the entire stick.
- Smoking time was exactly 1 hour and 36 minutes.
The Bottom Line: This is a cigar that I will remember for a long time. The wonderful combination of spice and sweetness is what quite a few cigars try and accomplish, and usually fail at. I had a heck of a time tracking them down, but I managed to get 7 of them, and I will be waiting for the right time to smoke the rest of them. Basically, this stick was worth every penny I paid for it, and that is saying a lot.
Final Score: 94