Cigar Aficionado

Lovely Lonsdale

I am smoking a 1998 Partagas Lonsdale from a cedar cabinet of 50 cigars and it is lovely. It is balanced with lots of cedar, dried flower and cappuccino character. I don’t want it to go out. (92 points.) It was made in the Partagas factory in downtown Havana.

Whenever I smoke a lonsdale, I think of Havana. The cigar measures 42 ring gauge by 6 ½ inches long.

I remember that this was the preferred smoke of many of the top cigar people in Havana in the 1990s. It was to Cubans who smoke, what espresso is to Italians who drink coffee. I haven’t met many Italians who don’t drink coffee.

Or maybe smoking the lonsdale in Havana is like ordering a beer in Ireland? You get a Guinness. You don’t get another beer from a pub on the Emerald Island unless you ask for it.

I think that many of the old timers liked the Montecristo No. 1 when it came to lonsdales. They liked the mellow cedary character of the Monte. They also said that it was just the right length…longer than a corona or petite corona (Monte No. 3 and No. 4). Those cigars were just not long enough for after a meal.

I understand what they are saying, especially today after lunch.

"I got a 1996 Sancho Panza Molino, what a great cigar. I don't smoke too many aged cigars so this was a real treat, very refined." —April 19, 2007 14:06 PM
"Every time I think of Montecristo No.1 I think of Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman." —April 19, 2007 09:43 AM
"I agree.. There's something about a pantela cigar that you just can't get anywhere else... I don't usually like thin gage cigars, but I have a few Lanceros from 98 that smoke like champs... silky, smooth taste... medium finish, and lots of flavour... I would have liked more smoke out of it, but I guess that's about all the smoke one can expect from a 38 ring gage cigar." —April 10, 2007 09:00 AM