Cigar Aficionado

Partagás Lusitania
49 49
Tasting Note
The Partagás Lusitania has been around long enough to be considered one of Cuba's iconic and classic cigars. In 2017, it was one of the finest cigars we smoked. But double coronas like the Lusitania require a particularly large, pristine tobacco leaf to fully cover all seven and a half inches of the cigar. Inconsistent crops and poor weather in the last few years have created a bit of a shortage of large, high-quality wrapper leaf in Cuba. This did not stop Cuba from producing fantastic Lusitanias. Our samples came from a 10-count box with a December 2016 box code, so somehow these lovely smokes have not been plucked up by aficionados in the know. These Lusitanias begin floral and sweet before imparting layers of leather, cedar and almonds.
Body Medium
Size Double Corona
Ring Gauge 49
Length 7 5/8"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2018
Price £30.90
Box DateDec. 2016
Designation Top 25 of 2017 | Rank: 11
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2019 | Score: 88

Made with a flat cap and colorado wrapper, this double corona has a slightly firm draw. Initial notes of salted almonds are underscored by cedar, hints of baking spices and a dry finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Aug 22, 2017 | Score: 93

An attractive cigar whose sweet, floral notes become more complex, with layers of sugared almonds, cedar and leather intonations that lead to a toasted marshmallow finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2015 | Score: 93

A dark wrapper and flat head make this a very attractive double corona. Notes of semisweet chocolate harmonize with bitter orange peel, leather and freshly cut pine.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2014 | Score: 90

A big cigar with an oily, veiny wrapper and full draw. Initial coffee and wood notes turn nutty and sweet after a dusty start.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Mar 04, 2014 | Score: 90

A big cigar with an oily, veiny wrapper and full draw. Initial coffee and wood notes turn nutty and sweet after a dusty start.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2013 | Score: 90

A medium-bodied double corona whose initial notes of pencil lead and sweet cocoa become more savory and balanced with leathery flavors that resound on the palate.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2012 | Score: 93

Between the gleaming wrapper, slight box pressing and flat head, this gorgeous cigar tastes as good as it looks. The leathery flavor profile becomes more pronounced with roasted coffee bean notes and rich, creamy undertones.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2011 | Score: 92

You don't truly know how great a large Cuban cigar can be until you have smoked a Partagas Lusitania at its best. Long a mainstay of Cuban cigar aficionados who know a good smoke when they see one (they are the favorite of Mexico's Max Gutmann, one of the most experienced cigar aficionados in the world), recent-production releases of Lusitanias are balanced and harmonious smokes with rich and complex flavors of nuts and orange peel. When you have the time that such a double corona demands, perhaps in front of a crackling fire with a glass of single-malt Scotch or a well-aged Cognac or Port, this is your cigar to enjoy, savor and reflect upon.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2010 | Score: 93

What this cigar lacks in appearance, it makes up for with a rich, complex flavor profile of leather, coffee, nuts and orange peel. Balanced and harmonious.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2009 | Score: 91

Big and box pressed with an open draw and even burn. Every puff shows woody, toasty flavors that intensify and resonate with coffee bean and vanilla intonations. Balanced and complex.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2007 | Score: 92

An attractive cigar with a fine draw. It’s extremely flavorful, with notes of nuts, cocoa beans and black cherry. A medium to full bodied smoke with a finish smacking of red wine.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2005 | Score: 88

A good performer, this cigar has wood and coconut notes and some toastiness. Some harsh flavors were also noted.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2003 | Score: 93

A cigar with lovely texture, and exquisite construction. The draw and burn are fine. It's complex and exceptionally flavorful, showing leather, sweet cocoa and toast flavors, with a hint of eucalyptus. Medium to full bodied, rich and flavorful.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2002 | Score: 87

Beautiful, silky and dark. The flavor is surprisingly mild, with hints of toast and some leather notes. Medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2001 | Score: 88

This is a beautiful cigar with a perfect cap and a very oily wrapper. The cigar had a firm draw. The smoke is rich and chewy, with a hint of nougat. Medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 1999 | Score: 93

An incredibly smooth tasting cigar. It is filled with leathery qualities, and a strong core of cocoa beans. Great performance. Medium to full bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 1998 | Score: 91

A medium to full bodied cigar. Well-made. It has a woody and earthy character, with a pepper note, and some coffee grounds on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 01, 1998 | Score: 89

This cigar had a core of strong leathery flavors, and a rich finish. Some tasters noted a tight draw. Some inconsistency.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Sep 01, 1997 | Score: 93

A powerhouse of flavors. This cigar is filled with a earthy, spiciness and strong pepper flavors. There is a hint of cocoa bean. Complex, and will age well.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Mar 01, 1997 | Score: 90

Solid as a rock, this oily, dark cigar has a firm draw. It burns unevenly, but it's loaded with pungent flavors, including leather. A full-bodied cigar.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Mar 01, 1995 | Score: 92

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 1992 | Score: 88

This legendary cigar became slightly soft while we smoked it. Otherwise, it shows finesse and delicacy with creamy flavors and a silky texture.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale