Partagas Cifuentes Blend Febrero – Cigar Review
Recently, I was enjoying a night out with a friend at a local bar on the patio and had given him a cigar he had been looking for a while. In return a few days later he gave me a Partagas Cifuentes Blend Febrero. I’d never smoked any of the Partagas seasonal blends before, but had heard good things about the winter ones, so I was excited to try this out. The Partagas Cifuentes Blend Febrero was introduced in 2005 and made by Daniel Nuñez and Benji Menendez. So it is safe to say this stick had some decent age on it, and should easily be in its prime. So today I am exploring the Partagas Cifuentes Blend Febrero from General Cigar Co.
Size: 6 1/2 x 45
Wrapper: 1994 Mao Habano wrapper
Binder: Dominican Piloto Cubano longfiller
Filler: Dominican Cuban Seed
Body: Medium to Full
Flavor: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Partagas Cifuentes Blend Febrero has a light brown wrapper, lighter than a typical habano, with little veins, a nice oil, and is topped off with a tight cap. The wrapper is very appealing and smooth to the touch. The Band is pretty simple and typical for a Partagas, listing Cifuentes on top and Partagas below it.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Partagas Cifuentes Blend Febrero has notes of cocoa, coffee, nuts, hay, and a bit of nutmeg. The foot has a blend of light spices, cocoa, and pepper which tingles the nose slightly. I go with a slight straight cut to prepare smoking the Partagas Cifuentes Blend Febrero and on the cold draw there is a mix of light cocoa, coffee, and spices.
Smoking Characteristics: The Partagas Cifuentes Blend Febrero starts out with a rich blend of cocoa, coffee, spices, white pepper, nuts, and a slightly toasted flavor. I can see why this would be a winter blend, the smoke is rich, deep, warm, smooth, and creamy. After each draw there is a slight warming sensation on the palate which I would find quite enjoyable in the winter, but seems slightly out of place on a late July afternoon. The burn line is very tight, excellent in fact, and the ash holds firmly. The strength in this third is in the mild to medium range, a bit closer to medium.
Into the second third, the notes of cocoa, spices, coffee, nuts, and toasted flavors remain, but the pepper has mostly faded out of the smoking profile. The flavors still warm the palate lightly between draws. The draw itself is excellent, providing a body of smoke that is about medium to full. The flavors are right, but not quite full, but a bit more than medium. The smoke is still warm, creamy, smooth, and rich.
Into the final third, the strength of the Partagas Cifuentes Blend Febrero has built a bit, easily into the medium range. It sort of sneaks up on you as you smoke it, in fact when the Partagas Cifuentes Blend Febrero started out, it seemed almost on the mild side, and just has continued to build as I smoked it. The notes during the final third are the same as the last, a rich, complex, well balanced blend of cocoa, spices, coffee, nuts, and toasted flavors. The construction also has not ceased to amaze me, the ash easily holds firm, and the burn line is very sharp. I smoke the Partagas Cifuentes Blend Febrero savoring the flavors to the end.
Conclusion: I really hope I can find more of the Partagas Cifuentes Blend Febrero. The flavors were very delicious, rich, full, and complex. It is the best Partagas I’ve smoked to date, and one I would not hesitate to buy a box of. The construction was picture perfect, the strength built up just right, and everything about it just calmed and relaxed me as I smoked it. It is certainly the type of cigar I’d like on a warm winter night with a cup of hot cocoa, or a latte. If you can find the Partagas Cifuentes Blend Febrero, buy all of them you can get your hands on!