Partagas Lusitania- the best cigar I have ever smoked

17 07 2012

A lot of you who know me will be well aware that I smoke.
In particular I’m a cigar smoker.

Now I am not going to get into the whole to smoke or not debate, it’s old, it’s tired and at the end of the day it is a choice which I made as an informed adult and continue to make each time I light up. Deal with it 😛

Nope instead I am going to wax lyrical about what stands out head and shoulders as the best cigar I have smoked to date.

Is it a Cohiba Behike 54 or maybe a Montecristo No.2?  Nope, whilst they are both very good cigars for numerous reasons they both fall short when compared to the mighty Partagas Lusitania.

I picked up two boxes of ten from my genuine, bona fide, LCDH supplier about 10/11 months ago and whacked them away to get a bit of age on them and settle a bit before lighting up.

The boxes in question are both from August ’09 so the sticks are just under 3 years old at this point in time, in my view more than ready to go. I know a lot of people argue that you should wait 5 years plus on larger cigars but I’m not one of them.
Sure aged cigars taste better but I have neither the will power or the budget at the moment to wait 10 or 15 years for a cigar to be “just so”. Not to mention the fact that 15 years ago I wouldn’t even have been old enough to smoke!

I also store my cigars a little drier than the magic range of 67 ~ 72% humidity. I normally age my cigars at 60°F and 65% RH. I find that they age better, smoke better and there is less chance of mould and or tobacco beetle infestation issues.

All that aside I should probably get to the point, right?

In case you aren’t familiar with the Lusitania let me start by saying that they are a big cigar.

How big? I hear you cry, well 7.6 ” long and 49 ring gauge, that’s how big.
If you are looking for a quick 30 minute smoke on the back porch this is not the stick for you.

I would allow at least 1.5 hours at the least, I normally take some where in the region of 2 hours to really enjoy these behemoths.

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The construction is top-notch, I am yet to find one which has had draw issues, been poorly filled or been anything less than pretty much perfect.

I know some other Cubans can be a bit hit and miss in this regard but these lads really do set the standard.

So it is a good-looking, well made cigar. So what? There are dozens of good-looking, well made cigars, what makes this any different?

Well let me tell you.

The taste is out of this World.

The Lusitania is of medium strength and flavour with loads of cream, earth, and cedar.

The cigar isn’t exactly sweet but hints of honey and vanilla seemed to creep in and out of the flavour profile after the first third. To balance out the sweetness there is also a rather brilliant saltiness which again drifts in and out.

If any cigar deserves its reputation as one of the truly great Cuban cigars then this is it.

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