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Stogie Reviews: Partagas Black Clasico

20 Jun 2006

The Partagas Black is a truly unique line of smokes. While not for everybody, I found this particular dark and peppery smoke truly exquisite.

I picked this up as part of the two for three special on general cigars at the Macanudo Ambassador event at Georgetown Tobacco. The black wrapper and classic Partagas band makes this particular stogie look quite distinct, as did its generous 54 ring size.

And while the cigar’s appearance makes it stand out in the humidor, this stogie can only fully be appreciated after enjoying its distinctive flavors, which are so unique they are difficult to properly describe. My best attempt: a warm, toasty-peppery essence.

And the flawless construction – even burn, white ash, and smooth draw – ensured that nothing distracted from the flavor.

Overall, I suggest that all you Stogie Guys go out and try this cigar at least once. Not everyone will be as impressed with this cigar’s flavor as I am, but if you like it half as much as I did, you won’t be disapointed. I enthusiastically give this cigar four out of five stogies.

-Patrick S


19 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Partagas Black Clasico”

  1. Jeffrey Beckwith Thursday, June 22, 2006 at 8:37 pm #

    Can't trackback to you (as far as I can see), but I posted a note about your review at my site, Cigar Envy.

    Good review. Good site. Good to see some other folks writing about cigars. Stop by when you get the chance.

  2. Jerry Monday, June 26, 2006 at 2:32 pm #

    You found this place too Jeff?

    Stogieguys, Jeff is a very well known guy in the cigar world. Between the Cigar Envy website and the Cigar Envy Yahoo Group he has a very loyal following and Stogie Review is one of them.

  3. Mike Pomery Friday, August 25, 2006 at 11:54 pm #

    Had a Black Crystal last night, and found it to be smooth, rich and not as intense as it looks. Certainy unique, and the ash was as solid as i have seen.

    As I got into it, I got flavours of subtle espresso, pepper and an almost dairy flavour consistant throughout.

    Very Dominican, but a good change.

  4. Anonymous Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 10:30 pm #

    Good review. I was a little afraid of this (Partagas Black Label Maximo) at first because it was so black, but I smoked it at 9:30 in the morning on an empty stomach and felt alright. I don't smoke very often either.

    Overall the taste was very peppery, however I detected very little, if any, spicy feel on my tongue. I don't like the feel of spicyness at all, however after having smoked this I've decided I love that black pepper taste. The feel was very smooth, however the taste was powerful and peppery, while maintaining a fantastic creamyness to it.

    I'm no expert, but it seemed full bodied and balanced to me, and at ~3-4 dollars a stick when bought in boxes these are a damn good value.

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  6. george Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 8:22 am #

    I have been smoking the Partagas Black Maximo cigar since 2003. In the beggining it was not hard to get the cigar. Then about 2006 the cigar supplier I used said it was becoming more and more famous with cigar smokers. Now my supplier has not been able to get a box for over four weeks and the other day she said that the people who supply her said that they were holding onto them for a big show in Texas this weekend, 8-5-07. Now that’s the way to treat your customers. I have started to look for another cigar that will not be hard to get. This is not the way to treat your customers. Just to back this up. A supplier I was buying from in Albuquerque NM told me about a year and a half ago that the cigar was becoming hard to get and that when he attended the cigar show in Las Vegas the rep’s there said to him that Partgas was not taking on any more stores because it could not keep up with demand.

  7. El Nuevo Friday, September 7, 2007 at 1:02 pm #

    The best man at my wedding, who has been my friend for over 27 years now (keep in mind we're both only 29) just had himself a baby girl.

    So l ran across the street to the Westfield/Century City Shopping Center and picked up one of these bad boys at the magazine stand/tobacco retailer. I wasn't sure what I was paying for and just hoped it would be a quality cigaro. Well after reading your posts and reading the review, I feel comfortable that he is receiving a nice little gift. I did pay a cool $16, but it was Century City afterall!

    I can't wait to get off work and deliver it to him at the hospital.. and see his little girl. I guess I'm an uncle.. of sorts.

    Nice site.. very classy.

  8. eodcole Friday, September 21, 2007 at 12:17 pm #

    I would like to say that I’ve been a fan of this line since they came out with them. I loved the regular partagas serie D and decided to give these a try once and have been buying a box every once and a while since then. I just can’t seem to keep any in my humidor though. I an investigating the problem as we speak and have another box on the way.

  9. DB Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 8:11 am #

    The guy that said a 5 Vegas "A" is comparable to the Partagas Black is dead wrong. The Partagas is a far superior smoke to the 5 Vegas. The 5 Vegas is way too tame and lacks the rich flavor I thought it would have. You can get the Clasico size at Cigars International for about $3.50 a stick when you buy a box. Excellent value. The Partagas Black is my favorite full bodied cigar. I've yet to find anything that compares and I've tried alot of smokes.

  10. herfmaster Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    Smoked the pyramid from this line a couple days ago. I liked it about as well as Stogie Guys. Didn't pick up the same flavors….more sweet that anything. Good stick though.

  11. John Werner Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 1:27 am #

    I believe the Partagas Black does have a unique taste and for that I applaud General Cigar. Theres so many sticks that share traits these days, but here we have a singular taste profile. I agree with the majority of folks calling it a "black pepper" flavor that predominates. It would, on the surface, seem to be like the zing of spice…Yet, this is not like a spicy tingle at all. The other complementary flavors aren't as noticeable to me, yet it has a darkness that is there and it ain't coffee or semi-sweet chocolate. That adds to the uniqueness IMHO.

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  13. Ross Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    Love em and they age well. Could the flavor your looking for be described as liquorice? That's what I find they taste like.

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