Wrapper : Honduran
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Dominican, Mexican and Honduran
Source : Bought at local shop
Hello, this week we shall take a look at the Partagas Benji Homage cigar in the toro size. This cigar is available in two sizes, toro (6 1/2×54) and robusto gordo (5 1/2×52) with a price point of $9.50 and $9.00 respectively.
To note, the number 62 showing on the band is not part of the name but signifies the 62 years Mr. Benji Menendez was in the industry.
Starting out with the Partagas Benji Homage and getting a grassy taste on the cold draw with a very slight barnyard on the wrapper and just plain tobacco on the foot. V-cut and burn baby burn.
Getting right into this Partagas Benji Homage and it starts out very mild with a nutty, nougat and slight spice taste. There is also a slight wood taste but it is really pushed to the background right now.
Relight. Yes, already. I don’t know what it is about these but keep your lighter handy or you will be puffing way too quickly and cause it to get hot and the tastes will diminish rapidly to a nasty swirl of burnt wood and harshness.
After a bit there is a salty taste that comes into play that is pretty prominent on the tongue. There is also a dull woody taste coming out, which I do not care for. I have a hard time describing it but maybe a flat wood taste would let you understand a bit better?
Salty taste stayed through the first half of the cigar but luckily the dull woody taste subsided and gave a bit more peppery spice and a standard wood taste through the end of the cigar. Never came out of a medium at best with both strength and body.
Not much of a write up but there was not a whole lot to it.
Would I buy it again? Yes. I know the write up sounds like I did not like it but I really have enjoyed the ones I have smoked. I wish for the price it would give more complexity but it does not. I could even see snagging a box at a discount to hang on to because I do enjoy them, just not that dull woody taste.
I will probably get yelled at but I wish there would have been more to this cigar as it is a homage to Mr. Benji Menendez. Maybe with some age they will blossom but it just seems standard fare to me right now, which is a shame.
5 thoughts on “Partagas Benji Homage”
I agree with you. This cigar was so mild and I thought lacking of flavor I almost wanted my money back. Had one, don’t need any more.
I love Partagas Benji Homage Toro (6 1/2×54). The cigar have good favors and bad burn. I want to try the Robusto Gordo next. Cigars.com do have them Mike.
I had the same burn problem as you, perhaps because of the broadleaf binder? Took 2-3 puffs to get a decent amount of smoke and it did keep wanting to go out, although the burn was nice and straight. The flavors, while mild, were good. Sweet cedar, fruit, a touch of white pepper and a bit of cocoa. Like you, I was expecting something a bit more complex, but it was enjoyable.
The flavors weren’t bad, but I agree it could have offered more, especially where the burn was concerned.
Everyone keeps talking about burn issues on this car and I have not experienced that at all. I let my box of Robustos sit for a month in my humidor due to the cold winter in Maryland during the shipping to my local B&M, and I’ve not experienced any burn issues. As far as the flavor it’s a medium body cigar with great flavors that Mike described. I don’t remember flavor bombs being produced over at Partagas for those expecting something out of this world. However this was a elegant smoke for Benji’s last horrah.