With so many new cigars gracing the shelves of our humidors, sometimes it is good to just go back and revisit an old favorite. In today’s world we are so focused on trying the next best thing but sometimes just hanging out with an “old friend” is the way to go.
A few nights ago, as Steve “Mungo” Mungeer and I were sitting around enjoying some cigars and a few “pops” I decided to reach for an old favorite, the Partagas Black. It is definitely a cigar that is right in my wheel house of strength, flavor, and consistency.
The first thing that catches your attention is the black, shiny Connecticut wrapper. It is certainly one of the more beautiful cigars you will encounter in our humidors. Once its clipped and the first puffs are taken you will soon understand what a full-bodied, full-flavored cigar is all about. It isn’t a smoke for the faint of heart so if you prefer mild ones then I would leave this fellow alone. There are many of the dark rich flavors one would expect from such a stick but there is nuttiness and strong earthiness that one could expect from some of the old time Habanos.
This is also a great cigar to smoke in these cooler months. I say cooler because I live in Florida and enjoyed 80 degree weather on Christmas Day but things have recently taken a turn for the chill. I enjoyed this cigar in 58 degree weather with a chocolate milk porter. This smoke would also go great with any stout or coffee porter.
So, while you are out trying all the new latest and greatest make sure you leave some time for an “old friend.” You won’t be disappointed.
Chris Gwaltney, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits category manager: premium cigars and craft beer
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