Partagás Serie E No. 2
Serie E No. 2
94
points
Cuba
Cuba
54 54
Medium-Full
Medium-Full
Tasting Note
The fattest Partagás in the regular-production Cuban portfolio is also the best Partagás that Cigar Aficionado smoked this year. At 54 ring gauge, it's clearly part of Cuba's recent initiative to make its cigars larger and fatter in general. Traditionalists might scoff at the beefed-up parameters, but it would be a mistake as Habanos has loaded this cigar with plenty of fine, complex tobacco. The Partagás Alphabet Series dates back to the 1930s, when the brand first appeared on the British market. When it debuted, the line included Series A through D with four sizes assigned to each letter, for a total of 16 sizes. The brand was discontinued in the 1960s but brought back incrementally in subsequent years. All cigars in the letter series are dressed in a distinctive red-and-gold band that separates them from the core Cuban Partagás cigar line. For years, fans of the Partagás letter series only had the Serie D No. 4 to enjoy, but Habanos has taken a new interest in the Partagás sub-brand and added a number of new sizes over the last few years. The Serie E No. 2 was released in 2011, but the samples with a box date of August 2016 mark the most impressive Cuban of the year.
Body Medium-Full
Size Corona Gorda
Ring Gauge 54
Length 5 1/2"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2017
Price £26.78
Box DateJuly 2012
Designation Top 25 of 2016 | Rank: 3
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2016 | Score: 93

Crafted with an exemplary three-seam cap, this cigar has a lush draw that folds rich layers of creamy espresso into the palate along with cocoa nibs, nuts and wood.

Issue: Cigar Insider: May 03, 2016 | Score: 93

Crafted with an exemplary three-seam cap, this cigar has a lush draw that folds rich layers of creamy espresso into the palate along with cocoa nibs, nuts and wood.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2015 | Score: 87

A woody-tasting cigar with some graham cracker sweetness and a grassy finish. The draw of this fat robusto could use more smoke.

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

Wrapped in a veiny cover leaf, this is a primarily woody-tasting smoke balanced by secondary notes of earth, leather and espresso bean.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2013 | Score: 93

Cuba’s best-selling premium cigar is a robusto, the Partagás Serie D No. 4, with its distinctive red and gold band. Embracing the worldwide trend toward fatter cigars, Cuba introduced a longer, plumped-up version of the D4 in late 2011 called the Partagás Serie E No. 2. Not only is the E2 the fattest parejo in the Cuban Partagás line, it’s a dynamite cigar. Showing floral notes and a cedary sweetness, the cigars are balanced and elegant, with a long finish smacking of cocoa powder.

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

Well rolled with a medium claro wrapper, this cigar draws well, showing a sweet balance of cedar, floral notes and a long cocoa-powder finish. A very pleasant smoke.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Nov 22, 2011 | Score: 93

Well rolled with a medium claro wrapper, this cigar draws well, showing a sweet balance of cedar, floral notes and a long cocoa-powder finish. A very pleasant smoke.

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