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  • Price per stick: ~$4.50
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Length: 6″ ?
  • County of Origin: Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut – Aged 7 years. Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra. Filler: Dominican

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Firstly, I got this stick in an un-named bundle so I’m not 100% sure all the above figures/description are correct.  Also the Esteban website is not that up to date so it’s quite hard to find the correct info!  This overall though was a great smoke.

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Before the light the wrapper was cracked in some places and also appeared quite stretched across the veins.  This was probably due to the fact that the wrapper has been aged for 7 years and also it took a while to ship to me!  I let it rest in my 70/70 humidor for a couple of weeks of smoking it as well.

The first couple of puffs were great and the was an abundance of pure white smoke.  The stick was noticeably mild as well which was a very nice change from the ever popular ‘strong and spicy’ trend that seems far too common nowadays.  The smoke in some ways formed a film on the inside of the mouth which felt quite ‘oily’, very pleasant.  The mild smoke continued until around 1/2 way through the stick and got continuously stronger from thereon.  It did remind me of a very milky coffee and was really pleasant.  it was one of those mild smoke which still gave you a nice tingling sensation when passed through your sinuses.

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There was a lot of smoke, which is always a plus.

  • Looks/Feel: 7/10
  • Smell before burn: 7/10
  • Burn: 9/10
  • Taste of smoke: 18/20

Overall: 41/50

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  • Price per stick: $7.50
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Length: 6″
  • County of Origin: Dominican & Nicaraguan

First things first, this was one of the most oily, dark and rich wrappers I’ve come across so far. The aroma coming off the unlit cigar was fantastic and the construction was also top notch, very solid cigar.  The wrapper sort of overflows over the foot of the cigar which at first made lighting rather tricky by in a way it added a nice touch.

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The smoke was thick and strong. So much so that sometimes I thought the smoke had a yellow-ish tinge to it. There were definitely the sweet maduro flavours there as well, (not that I could really taste any, because I’m not that pretentious), but they were there.

This is a classic maduro cigar with a lot of potential.  Thick smoke, great flavours, very good build quality and a rich, oily wrapper.

  • Looks/Feel: 8/10
  • Smell before burn: 9/10
  • Burn: 8/10
  • Taste of smoke: 16/20

Overall: 41/50

  • Price per stick: £13.50
  • Ring Gauge: 42
  • Length: 5.25″
  • County of Origin: Cuba

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First of all, what a cigar.  Before I even write this review I must say that this was one of my favourite smokes so far.  I smoked it on a hot summers day on Southbank overlooking the Thames, so not a bad setting!  Oh, and I was also sipping on an ice-cold lager which I’m sure added to the experience!

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Having read quite a bit about the Partagas brand before smoking this I was expecting quite an overwhelming strong peppery smoke.  However from the moment I lit the stick I knew I was in to something special.  There was notes of more a less everything that one should taste from a good cigar from coffee, earth, leather and also a great peppery aftertaste.

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The construction was beautiful, solid, firm and it smelt great.  The burn was perfect with only one need to re-light.  I haven’t really got much to say about this cigar as it was just a very good, solid stick!  Highly recommended.

Overall Score:

  • Looks/Feel: 10/10
  • Smell before burn: 9/10
  • Burn: 7/10
  • Taste of smoke: 18/20

Overall: 44/50