I decided to treat myself today. Today isn’t a birthday, wedding, anniversary or any other special occasion. I’ve had a tough spell at work the past couple weeks and more busy days in the weeks ahead so while I have a momentary break, I thought I would celebrate how lucky a life I live. To be able to have a job that challenges me every day and a life that allows me to partake in the joy of cigars…and a wife who doesn’t mind that I smoke inside.
So, without further ado I bring you my review of the Partagas 150 (Signature Series B).
Lets get the facts out of the way shall we? The Partagas 150 (Signature Series B) weighs in at 6.5 inches with a 47 ring. It features a Cameroon wrapper, Mexican binder and a mix of Dominican and Mexican filler. I’ve seen boxes of 25 of the Signature Series B go for anywhere from $600-$925 and the Partagas 150 are considered one of the rarest or at least the hardest to find cigars. The Partagas 150 was originally released in 1995 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Partagas brand. In 1995, the Cameroon wrapper was 18 years old. I’ll save you from doing the math and tell you that the wrapper is now 28 years old and it is this same wrapper that will be used for the Partagas 160 which celebrates 160 years of the Partagas brand.
The Partagas 150 was a welcome relief for me. After such a disappointing stogie earlier with the S.T. Dupont (I should have all my stogies confiscated for mentioning the two in the same review as the S.T. Dupont shouldn’t be allowed in the same country as the Partagas 150) the Partagas 150 was a delight.
I can only describe the wrapper as being silky smooth with a milk chocolate color to it. The simple red and gold label compliments the stogie’s appearance giving an overall elegant look. Nice silky sweet aroma as you take a whiff or two before toasting.
As a clipped the cap and placed the Partagas 150 in my mouth I thought to myself that it can’t possibly get any better than this and then realized, I still had to light it! It took very little effort to toast the foot. It seemed like the Partagas 150 was reading my thoughts and did the work for me. It was at this point that I kind of went numb for a minute as I realized that there was no turning back. I couldn’t change my mind and rush it back to my humidor. I was as they say in the grown up world…committed.
Burn rate was nice and slow and one could literally lose themselves just watching the perfect even burn. A nice smooth draw. The Partagas 150 won’t let you draw too hard or too soft. Its like there is some built-in fault tolerance system within the stogie making it impossible to render anything but a perfect experience. Wonderful white ash and peppery smoke billows out and fills the room with subtle tobacco smell that smells so good I wish I could package it.
The Partagas 150 has a wonderful flavor profile. You can tell that the same level of care and quality you find in the construction was used in developing the flavors. The Partagas 150 offers a distinctive earthy/cocoa bean flavor with a little bitterness to offset the sweetness on your lips. They really had the flavors down to a science…not too much…not too little…everything in perfect amounts. After the first inch or so you can taste the flavors build up inside your mouth to create a long creamy almost syrup in texture finish.
Now the price point…I was lucky enough to find these at a local B&M selling for $20 a stick. You definitely pay the price for the Partagas 150 being hard to find. But it in all honesty, I will say that the experience was well worth it. As I smoked it, it gave me the chance to reflect on the decisions I’ve made and to ponder the decision still to come. I look upon the pile of ash and find myself thankful to have celebrated this stogie. For you collectors out there, take the time and reach into your extensive collection and smoke one of the stogies that you’ve been saving for a “special day”…there is no day like today…plus its cheaper than going to a shrink. Like my favorite quote by George Sands:
A cigar numbs sorrow and fills the solitary hours with a million gracious images.