Fat Cuban Partagás Being Released

The Partagás Serie E No. 2, the fattest straight-sided Partagás in the Cuban cigar portfolio, is finally ready for sale. The cigar will reach cigar stores around the world over the next two weeks. Cigar smokers have been waiting on the new cigar since news of its creation was announced in February, just before the Habanos Festival.

Measuring a sturdy 5 1/2 inches long with a 54 ring gauge, the cigar is longer and fatter than the Partagás Serie D No. 4, Cuba's best selling robusto and one of the world's most popular cigars. The name of the new smoke is a bit confusing—when a cigar aficionado sees a Cuban cigar marked No. 2 he thinks the cigar is going to be a stately pyramid, such as the benchmark Montecristo No. 2 or the H. Upmann No. 2. But the Partagás Serie E No. 2 is a straight-sided parejo. In Cigar Aficionado taste tests, it would fall into our corona gorda category.

There are fatter Partagás cigars, but they are figurados. The massive 7 1/4 inch-long Partagás Salomone has a 57 ring gauge.

Few prices have been set for the cigar. In Italy, the E No. 2 will retail for 11.50 euros (about $16.56 each). Retailers in the United Kingdom and Canada have yet to get an official price for the cigar. "As far as local pricing, I would not even venture a guess," said Marc Melanson of the Casa del Habano in Montreal, who expected his first shipment soon.

The cigars will come in semi boite nature boxes of 25 or five cigars, with a lithographed piece of paper on the outside to make the plain cedar box pop in a retailer's humidor display.

For the first rating of this cigar, see an upcoming issue of Cigar Insider.

Nick BIANCHI Downsview, Ontario, Canada, August 16, 2011 12:56pm ET
I've smoking Montecristo No.2. Dated July 08. On one of trips to Cuba .
James Beavers London, Ontario, Canada, August 16, 2011 5:46pm ET
Heading to Cayo Largo, Cuba in 2 weeks. Hopefully they will be available in the Cuban market! Been looking forward to these since they were announce last spring!!
Daniel Arrate Calgary, Alberta, Canada, August 19, 2011 10:04pm ET
Great looking smoke, very well made...I think. Was given 2 sticks while in the factory this past June.
Alex Benes Newbury Park, CA, USA, August 22, 2011 10:15pm ET
Who is this Fat Partagas and why are they releasing him?
Alfa Wong Richmond, BC, Canada, August 24, 2011 3:32am ET
Stunning bold flavor in the first half of the cigar with rich coco, espresso and leather, balanced by a touch of honey. The flavor gets weaker in the end of the smoke.

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