Price – Compliments of my brother Mike (Under $6/stick @ Famous Smoke Shop)
Beverage – Chocolate Milkshake
Strength – Sly (3/4)
Rating – Rambo (7/10)
It’s Friday night, at Hollywood Smokes with my brother Big Mike, Shea, Nicky Boy, Hassan and Hussein hanging out smoking and solving the world’s problems. My brother Mike had bought a sampler pack of Partagas and I chose this bad boy.
My thoughts on the Black Label:
1) Excellent construction, great draw and burn
2) Beautiful, dark, oily wrapper
3) This is a strong stick, solid Sly in my opinion
4) Great price point, hard to find a better value for a full body, hard hitting stick.
The Two Questions:
Would I smoke it again? Yes
Would I give it humidor space? Yes, I actually have one sitting in the humidor right now that I haven’t smoked yet and I would add more
I’m usually skeptical of the non-Cuban versions of historically Cuban brands and often with good reason. The non-Cuban versions of the Cohibas, Romeos, and Montecristos are nothing like their Cuban counterparts in construction or taste. However, this Partagas felt and smoked like a much more expensive cigar and although not on the level of its Cuban brethren, it does not give shame to the Partagas label. The biggest factor hurting the rating on this cigar is a lack of flavor transition as it’s just a straight heavy hitter all the way through. I’m coming up empty on what to compare it to, but it’s almost like a smoother version of the La Gloria Serie R maduro at half the price. If you’re looking for a cost effective, no holds barred full body cigar, the Black Label delivers.