Partagas Serie P No.2

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When deciding which Cuban cigars to buy, there are a lot of factors that should be considered.  I try to keep my humidors balanced with cigars that I smoke at different times of the day so I try to stock up on many cigars with different strengths, varied flavors and of course I stop in at “Cigar Aficionado” to see how they’ve rated last year’s top 25 cigars ( this cigar earned their # 4 spot for 2011 ).  The cigar in the above picture is a Partagas Serie P No.2 that was purchased in the spring at The Vancouver Cigar Company.  The box code was OGA Nov 11, so this was a younger cigar that had been sitting in the humidor for about 5 or 6 months.  It seemed like a good enough time as any to light the first one so on a road trip with a buddy, I clipped the cap, torched the foot and let the games begin.

In my humble opinion, the biggest taste difference between Cuban and Non-Cuban is muskiness.  Non-Cubans that I’ve smoked seem to taste a bit sharper and can come at you with a Katana edge of attitude and relentlessness that keeps you wondering if you should install a gentle steam machine in the corner of your man cave you can hang your head in front of which will help you curtail the burning sensation in your sinuses as you smoke these lower priced alternatives.  There are so many theories concerning the reasons why Cubans seem to be easier to enjoy and are have a softer and more gentle greeting to the senses but we’ve gone through this before and certainly a topic that could take paragraphs to cover.

The reason why I felt it was necessary to mention the comparison between Cubans and Non-Cubans was because as soon as I started smoking this Partagas, I was met with some of the sweetest Cuban tobacco smoke I can remember.  From time to time I’ve smoked P 2’s that thrilled me with their balance and variance of flavor that left me wondering why they don’t get an annual number 1 rating, but this cigar rolled at the end of last year, still needed some time to ferment and come into it’s own.  It didn’t make for an unpleasant experience, I feel that learning how a cigar can taste as it travels through it’s journey from young to vintage can only help us to get to know more about the complexities of tobacco’s fermentation in a humidor.  Ain’t life grand!

Instead of the usual white pepper that I often taste with this Piramides, I was met with a soft earthiness and sweet toasted tobacco that was accentuated with cedars and cream for the majority of the cigar.  Evolution of flavors were more subtle from third to third, which I attributed to the cigar’s youth.  One, which is more mature, will give you the roller coaster of flavors we all love in a quality Cuban such as this but even as I smoked this cigar at the beginning of the day, I found that I had made the right choice when pairing it with coffee, cream and sugar as we drove down the road.