This brand is named for it’s founder, Don Jaime Partagas, who began manufacturing cigars in 1827, but put his own name on his line of cigars in 1845. After his death, the brand passed to Ramon Cifuentes in 1889 and was owned by Cifuentes y Cia. prior to nationalization, earning a mention by name in English novelist Evelyn Waugh’s 1945 work, Brideshead Revisited. Partagas cigars also won gold medals in at least three international expositions between 1867 and 1884.
The Partagas Serie D No. 4 originally belonged to the “Serie A, B, C, D” series, one of the 16 lines (Serie A – D, 1 – 4). This series was introduced in the 1930’s, then disappeared in the 1960’s. The Serie D No. 4 was revived in 1975, perhaps as a result of the increasing popularity of the robusto size. Today, the Serie D No. 4 is one of the most popular cigars of the Partagas brand, second only to the famed Lusitanias. As i found out, this is a reputation well earned.
(Image lost) Excellent burn, and a very fine wrapper
I’ve had the pack of 5 No. 4s for quite some time now — about 6 months. All sticks come from a ’02 box. The cigar of this review was the 3 of the 5 i’ve smoked. The results are very consistent, and that’s something good in itself considering the weird inconsistent results i’ve generally received when smoking Cuban cigars lately.
The scent and visual test were excellent. The wrapper is a darkish-natural shade with very, very few veins; that’s quite rare as far as Cubans go. A nice sheen of oils covers it and gives it a very healthy external disposition. Grade A tobacco went into this cigar, obviously. Scentwise this cigar delivers an excellent punch — very sharp tobacco tones that does well to tickle the nose.
Consistent burn quality, notice the unique dark grey ash of a Cuban cigar
A quick light later and this cigar was away. The initial draw is easy and lucious — smoke volume is excellent; rich and generous. The Partagas brand is known for not pulling its punches, and the Serie D No. 4 is not an exception. From the get-go, this cigar delivered a full spectrum of very rich and intense flavours. Earthy spice and pepper wrapped around a very distinct heavy tobacco flavour is the hallmark of a Serie D No. 4. Outstanding while never once getting harsh or tarry. Complexities in this cigar rise out towards the last 3rd or so, when it begins to mellow out slightly, and a woody finish begins to creep in.
Warning: This cigar is not for the unitiated. If you’re new to cigars, try something else first, perhaps many, many cigars first before you attempt your first Serie D No. 4. Not only does it take an experienced palate to fully appreciate its unique taste delivery, but its a very, very “punchy” cigar that WILL put you under if you’re not expecting it.
(Image lost) Good till the very end!
Verdict: One of the very best robustos! In my experience, only the Cohiba robusto and the CAO Black robusto can match and surpass this Cuban puros. But it has that very special Partagas flavour that cannot be replicated elsewhere, and that easily makes this cigar very unique and worth any aficionado’s time. Highest possible recommendation from My Cigar Blog.