In March, 2014 Cigar Aficionado wrote in an article penned by Gregory Mottola, “The Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte is an amped-up interpretation of the original 1845 line, which first launched in 2012. Two years later, General is ready to bring the line into more full-bodied territory with this brick-and-mortar exclusive. Blended by Jhonys Diaz, General’s vice president of operations, along with its development team, the Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte combines a high-priming Ecuador Havana wrapper with a Connecticut Havana binder and a filler blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco.”
According to the General Cigars website, “The evolution of Partagas continues with an incredibly flavorful addition to the acclaimed 1845 line. Extra Fuerte blends unmistakable Nicaraguan spice with a lush Ecuadoran Habano ligero wrapper for a memorable smoke that strikes an intricate balance between intensity and complexity.”
Let’s take a look at see if this is indeed full bodied.
Cigar: Partaga s1845 Extra Fuerte
Size: Robusto Gordo (5.5 x 52)
Wrapper: Ecuador Havana
Binder: Connecticut Havana
Filler: Dominican, Nicaragua
Number Smoked: 2
Appearance & Construction: The Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte features an oily looking wrapper with a gorgeous back and silver band that looks like it belongs on a military uniform, although it reminds me a little bit of Germany, perhaps because the bird reminds me of KAOS from Get Smart. Yes, I know. I need my head examined. Anyway. the cigar which feels a little light in the hands has a lot of tiny little veins and is well rolled with a little bit of tooth.
Flavor & Notes: The cold draw of the cigar has almost no strength to it with notes of milk chocolate and raisins while the foot reminds me of the smell of a burning fireplace somewhere in the distance. Once the cigar is lit, I struggle to find a note to grasp on to, but at this point its straight forward tobacco.
As we entered the first third of the cigar some earthy notes begin to develop, but the cigar is definitely lacking in complexity and strength at this point in time.
In the second third of the cigar, there is some yeast like notes, and some pepper through the nose. The cigar remains medium strength at best, and continues to lack complexity.
In the last third of the cigar, the primary note is spice with a hint of earth and a slightly citrus finish. The last third had a bit of complexity to it and some added strength which makes me wonder if the softness in the cigar was bad tobacco placement in the roll or a missing leaf.
Smoking Characteristcs: On both of my samples the cigar got very soft when smoking, so soft that we decided to document it in the pictures below. The burn of the cigar is very goo, with a nice crisp burn line and a fairly straight burn. The draw of the cigar had a little bit more resistance then I would like but it was passable and most would probably prefer it this way. The ash held more then a third at time.
Conclusion: While General Cigar has become slightly more modern with their lines the Partagar 1845 Extra Fuerte disappointed tremendously. It failed to have the advertised strength and it lacked complexity to keep me interested. This is something I wouldn’t pick up again as the cigar just didn’t work for me.