"Partagas Shorts" (Cuban)
This dark reddish brown cuban cigar had a rustic look with no tooth and no visible veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of wood and pepper notes. The draw was on the tight side but was producing tons of medium to full bodied smoke. The burn was a little uneven and the ash was a little on the flowery side and was bright white in color. The first third was providing flavors of a sweet coffee note on the draw with wood and pepper on the finish. This cigar was proving to be a very slow burning stick. The smoke coming off the foot had a pleasant cinnamon note. Approaching the second third, the flavors basically remained unchanged. The pepper on the finish was increasing and now lasting until the next draw. Now at the second third, the sweetness died down, leaving behind a black coffee note mixed with wood notes on the draw. The pepper zing on the finish was still in full force, leaving my tongue tingling. Reaching the final third, I noticed a faint caramel note becoming present on the draw. The black coffee was still the prominent draw note, however the faint sweetness was a welcome flavor. The finish was still packed with pepper and woody notes. This cigar proved to be one dimensional and a little power house. The burn continued to be slow throughout the entire cigar, lasting a little over an hour. For being such a small cigar, this was very impressive. I may buy a box or two just to age for a few years. With some time, this cigar would be very delicious. Stay Toasting!