Cigar Aficionado

Partagas 8-9-8
43 43
Tasting Note
An excellent, spicy cigar filled with a core of cocoa and coffee flavors and a long, almost leathery finish.
Size Corona
Ring Gauge 43
Length 6"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Mar 01, 1994
Price £11.80
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2016 | Score: 89

Rolled with a three-seam cap, this lonsdale emits a strong barnyard aroma from the uncut foot. It's sweet and spicy with some charcoal and cereal notes.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2014 | Score: 89

The floral notes of this corona become so intense at times, that they turn perfumey. Earthy, leathery notes help to balance out the smoke.

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

Rolled in a beautiful reddish-brown wrapper, this slim cigar has a bit of resistance to the draw. It's a slow starter, but picks up plenty of leather and black pepper flavor as well as light coffee notes and a touch of acidity on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2012 | Score: 91

The lush draw of this attractive reddish-brown lonsdale is full of oak and slat that become more complex with leather, earth and a dry cocoa bean note.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Oct 19, 2004 | Score: 87

This lonsdale has a perfect three-seam cap and a firm draw. After a flat start, it warms up and becomes toasty with notes of wood and a hint of vanilla. The finish is cedary. Age might help the smoke.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2004 | Score: 89

This well-made cigar has a nice cap, and the construction is complemented by a fine draw and even burn. The flavors are slow to develop, and include coffee, sweet cedar and a hint of black cherry. A medium to full-bodied cigar.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Nov 01, 2002 | Score: 87

A lonsdale with a tight draw and a jagged burn. Earthy flavors lack complexity. It has a slight hint of nuts. Medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2002 | Score: 88

A beautiful cap covers this cigar. It's woody and rich, with a hint of bitter notes on the finish. A medium to full-bodied cigar.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2001 | Score: 84

A rustic, olive-colored cigar with an OK cap. It's bready and smooth, with some cedary notes. A short finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2000 | Score: 90

A full bodied cigar with loads of flavor. It has notes of leather and nuts, and a core of earthiness too. A good toasty finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 1999 | Score: 91

A very well-made cigar with a medium to full bodied character. It is filled with nutty and coffee bean flavors. Very complex. It has a pleasant sweet, woody finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 1998 | Score: 89

A rich tasting cigar. The wrapper is dark and rich, and there is a meaty, almost barbecued kind of taste with some sweet nutmeg notes.

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

Dark, oily and elegant. This cigar is peppery and bold, with dark chocolate and espresso flavors. A toasty aroma, but it has a short finish. Cedar age will make it blossom.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Sep 01, 1996 | Score: 88

This cigar showed inconsistency of young tobacco. Some tasters noted solid spices with a strong earthy core of flavors. Needs aging.

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