Few cigars have a history as rich as Partagas, which is perhaps why Partagas cigars are one of the best known and most recognisable in the world. Founded by Jaime Partagas in 1845, the defining characteristic of the Partagas cigar is the Cameroonian wrapper leaves. Grown in the sub-tropical climate of Cameroon, these leaves are unique, rich and flavoursome, and an essential part of the Partagas history.
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The history of Partagas cigars
Established in Havana back in 1845, the Partagas cigar is today produced in two distinct locations – Cuba and the Dominican Republic. They are essentially both using the historic brand established by Jaime Partagas y Ravelo, an experienced tobacco factory worker who built his own factory in Havana, the Partagas Royal Tobacco Factory. As a supplier to the European royal families, he had the right to name it so.
Eventually, he came to own most of the best plantations in Cuba, and could choose from the finest cigar tobacco on the island. This is what really made the Partagas brand initially, along with his experimental approach to blending and ageing the tobacco leaves.
Partagas himself was a real character. He was involved in a number of love affairs (and ended up murdered as a result), and he was the very first lector, reading stories and poems to his cigar rollers.
After his death, ownership of the factory – and the Partagas brand – passed on to his son, but ownership changed hands several times over. It was Ramon Cifuentes, who also produced his eponymous cigars, who took on production. Tobacco was nationalised after the Cuban Revolution, and the government took over.
Sales soared, and Partagas became one of the most popular cigars in Cuba, if not the world – by the mid 1990s, it was second overall behind Montecristo. Today, the Partagas Cigar Factory is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cuba, but most people outside of Cuba will find themselves smoking the Dominican Republic brand of Partagas. This factory only opened in 1978, and is a completely distinct cigar. That’s not to say it’s no good…
Partagas 1845 Cigars
These Partagas cigars were created not in 1845 (they’d have gone a bit dry by now), but are a relatively recent creation as a celebration of the cigar’s rich heritage. Supposedly a “new taste spectrum for the brand” (yeah, we don’t get that either), you get Dominican and Nicaraguan combined, sometimes aged in rum barrels. Don’t think this was made on the hoof – there was a nine-year research period before this went into production. It’s a robust, dark cigar with a medium body and full flavour.
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Partagas Black Label Cigars
They call the Black Label the “espresso” of cigars. It’s dark, extra rich, but has none of the bitterness that an espresso conjures up. What makes them especially dark is the age of the wrapper leaves – these are only harvested at the very last minute, and these are not Cameroonian, they’re grown in the Dominican Republic. Inside, once more, it’s a blend of Nicaraguan Ligero and Dominican Piloto Cubano Ligero. It’s a larger ring gauge, and it’s one for the more experienced smoker.
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