Cigars Partagás Lusitanias Gran Reserva Cosecha 2007 review
Tonight, the night of the 31st December/1 January 2015, I am smoking a special vitola. This cigar is Partagás Lusitanias Gran Reserva Cosecha, Cuba. The vitola is the famous Lusitania, the factory format (vitola de galera) is called Prominentes.
I have tasted this cigar earlier in the conditions correct for a correct tasting: no alcohol, no food, clear taste buds, plenty of time and a lot of attention. So at this magic New Year’s Night (the beiggest and most wonderful celebration for all Russian and former Soviet people), I am enjoying this cigar with the full knowledge that it will not let me down, and will bring me a lot of enjoyment.
Partagas Lusitanias Gran Reserva Cosecha, Cuba
About this rare vitola
Partagás Lusitanias are one of the most loved cigars for connoisseurs, and a significant vitola of the Partagás marka. Partagás Lusitania Gran Reserva Cosecha 2007 is an “upgraded”, special Lusitania. The selection of the leaves of the harvest 2007 (cosecha 2007) and the blend-making was completed by the legendary Master-Blender of the Partagas Factory – Arnaldo Bichot. The tobaccos for the series “Grand Reserva” have to go through a minimum of 5-years of thorough ageing. The tobaccos are coming from the best plantations Vegas Finas de Prima that are situated in the province Pinar del Rio, Cuba.
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Partagás Lusitanias Gran Reserva Cosecha 2007
Visual & Wrapper:
The cigar is beautiful, big and grandiose. It’s dressed in classic Cuban darkish-brown colorado. Evenly looking wrapper, slightly oily.
Cold nose: Dried wild mushrooms, dried manure, wildflower honey.
It has a sweet and smokey start. The tones of honey, dry soil, dry forest herbs. The draw of my cigar was slightly light at the beginning but it became optimum in a few millimeters. The tones of pleasant mustiness of herbs and fir-needles are tingling your nose if you smoke via retro-nasal way, like I do. I always smoke retro-nasal way because I like to grasp the maximum of the flavours of the smoke. But I should warn you that sometimes the organoleptic sensations of some cigars may be too powerful and the smoke – too intense, for smoking it only retro-nasal way. And that may cause dizziness, so you should be careful. So am I at this moment, because I can already sense that this cigar is a bomb, and I should operate with it skillfully and with careful respect.
My cigar keeps giving me the tasteful tones of dried soil, kid leather, soil dust, dried wildflowers, honey… It is pleasant and tasty smoking, producing a lot of great cold smoke.
The 2nd part of the Gran Reserva Cosecha
tastes more “grounded” than the first. The tones of soil get more powerful, the kid leather turns into an expensive furniture leather. The sweetness remains the same high. A lot of powerful smoke!
The strength (fortaleza) is high, but it is a natural and “healthy” strength of a genuine, great cigar made in Cuba.
The 3rd part
is rich (if you still keep attention to the tones of this big long cigar). It brings more under-shades and under-tones to the spectrum of the previously set strong flavours. The 3rd part of this big cigar is remarkable. It stays enjoyable till the end, which is a rare thing. There is no compromise about the last third at all, the cigar has neither the usual for many cigars unbearable heaviness nor bitterness.
Wonderful Lusitania for a wonderful celebratory Night!
Partagás Gran Reserva Cosecha is a powerful cigar. It generously gives you a lot of cold, rich, heavy (in a good way), delicious smoke. This is a perfect cigar for a very special night or event. It is large, long, and it boasts a perfect construction. Another reason why it will be suitable for any long good celebration is because you can pair it very well with three various drinks, accordingly to every third of the cigar. I will end my review with the pairing recommendations for each part of the cigar.
Pairing cigars Partagás Lusitanias Gran Reserva Cosecha 2007 with drinks
The 1st part will go very well with fine, not too sour Champagne – preferably vintage.
*I recommend, when you smoke a cigar with wine or champagne, to always make pretty long intervals between the sip of wine/champagne and the smoke. This way the acidity of the wine will not oppress the taste of your cigar. Cigars do not like acidity. Here is my article about pairing cigars with wine (in Russian).
The 2nd part you can enjoy with rum, Cognac, armagnac, whiskey. The power and richness of this part of the cigar and the power of a strong spirit drink will make a great, mutually enriching marriage.
The accompaniment for the 3rd part, when there appears a tiny amount of bitterness which is normal for a cigar, should be rather sweet, rounded and warm: sherry, port, your favorite liquor.
Cigar Review – Partagás Lusitanias Gran Reserva Cosecha, Cuba / дегустация Partagás
Victoria Radugina © January 2015
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