In 2010, Habanos S.A. officially released the Partagás Serie P No.1, a 5 x 50 petit pirámides that was sold in 25-count black bone China porcelain jars, mainly available in TFWA Duty Free and Travel Retail stores around the world. While the cigar was scheduled for 2009, it was actually not on sale until mid-2010.
Here is what I said in my original review back in March of 2011:
To me, these are some of the most balanced Cuban cigars I have had in a long time. While not the most complex profile, the flavors that are present are rich and delicious. Pair that with the incredible construction, this cigar is a must try. The only negative I can think of is the price, which is truly outrageous for the small vitola, However, if they are sold these in boxes, presumably at a lower price, I would buy them by the pallet. Just a great cigar that everyone should try at least once.
- Cigar Reviewed: Partagás Serie P No.1
- Country of Origin: Cuba
- Factory: Fernando Perez German
- Wrapper: Cuba
- Binder: Cuba
- Filler: Cuba
- Size: 5 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 50
- Vitola: Petit Pirámides
- Est. Price: $18.00 (Jars of 25, $450.00)
- Date Released: 2010
- Number of Cigars Released: n/a
- Number of Cigars Smoked for Redux: 2
The Partagás Serie P No.1 is covered in a hay-colored wrapper that has quite a bit of tooth to it and is crisscrossed in noticeable veins. It is a little more spongy when squeezed than I would like and the aroma coming from the wrapper is a combination of barnyard, hay, milk chocolate, coffee and vanilla, with a little white pepper thrown in. The cold draw brings notes of straight cinnamon and cedar, along with some slight pepper.
Right off the bat, the flavors of the Partagás Serie P No.1 are cedar, leather, earth, a nice milk chocolate sweetness, espresso and creamy nuts. The cinnamon from the cold draw is quite noticeable as well, and even has a bit of heat behind it that I am noticing on my tongue at various points. The coffee flavor swifts between a bitter espresso at the beginning of the cigar to more of a Café au lait in the latter half of the smoke. At around the halfway point, the milk chocolate sweetness starts to morph into more of a honey sweetness, and the nutty creaminess gains in strength to take dominance in the profile. The white pepper on retrohale hits its peak around start of the second third, then begins to recede after that, although it does stick around until the end of the smoke.
Construction-wise, the burn and draw are excellent for the entire cigar, but the smoke production is a bit on the low side. The strength starts out fairly mild, and ends at just under the medium mark, while the finish is wonderfully nutty and slightly sweet. Both samples I smoked took just a little over an hour and 15 minutes to finish, but I smoked both of them to well past the one inch mark.
I have always loved this vitola in the Partagás line, and the blend works perfectly for it. Featuring excellent construction, the four years of age has really bumped up the complexity in the profile and features a wonderful finish with a great combination of white pepper and sweetness on the palate. I was also wondering what some age would do to the balance that I loved so much in the first samples I had, but it turns out I needn't have worried, as it is still very much in effect. Quite simply, the Partagás Serie P No.1 remains one of the best recent production Cuban cigars I have smoked in years, regardless of the price that is charged for them, and I only wish I had enough of them to continue smoking them in larger amounts.