An often overlooked great tasting basic maduro cigar, the Partagas #8 Maduro should be a standard in every humidor. The rich cameroon wrapper has no equal for flavor and the strength is just full enough to be satisfying.
The wrapper on this cigar is very dark, almost oscuro, with a compost and barnyard smell. A well constructed stick, the Partagas is very solid and tight with little to no veining visible.
Great construction equals great burning characteristics. As long as I didn't smoke too fast, the Partagas exhibited an even, self-correcting burn with a fine burn line. No problems with the draw on this cigar and the light gray ash held on pretty well. Interestingly, there was little resting smoke, but a pull on the stick produced a mouthful of creamy, tasty smoke.
Sweet earth and chocolate with some char are the basic flavors of this smoke. A little spice appears at the beginning, fades and then returns at the end. As the cigar reaches the middle, the smoke really becomes creamy and full with a smooth, long sweet finish.
This characteristic flavor continues to the end, never getting bitter or harsh. At a price point that is below many of the other currently popular maduro cigars, this cigar delivers a lot of bang for the buck.