Partagas Añejo Petit Robusto - Blind Cigar Review

Partagas Añejo Petit Robusto – Blind Cigar Review

Cigar Info

This February, General Cigar announced a new Partagas, Partagas Añejo. The word añejo refers to the age of the main wrapper leaf on the cigar. The cigar is a barber pole and uses a rare 1998 Cameroon wrapper as well as a 2013 Connecticut Shade wrapper to spiral down the length. The rest of the blend uses a Dominican binder and Mexican and Dominican fillers.

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.

General Cigar says that the Añejo will be a “seasonal offering” so we can expect more similar blends using this Cameroon in the future. Partagas Añejo comes in 25-count wooden boxes and in two vitolas rolled at General Cigar Dominicana. Both are 4.5” length because of the limited size of the Cameroon wrapper leaves. The two are a Petit Robusto 4.5” x 49 that costs $6.99 and an Esplendido 4.5” x 60 that costs $7.49.

Vital Stats:

Vitola: Rothschild
Length: 4 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 49
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Cameroon, USA (Connecticut Shade)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Factory: General Cigar Dominicana
Blender: Jhonys Diaz
Number of reviewers: 5 Jai P. (Jai) Chris M. (Chris) Angel M. (Angel) Joseph S. (Bearded Bastard) Randy B. (randobush)
Price: $6.99
Age: 4 Months
Release Date: March 2022
Contributed by: General Cigar

Initial Impressions – Partagas Añejo Petit Robusto

Appearance: 93

“Appears to be a corona size cigar with a medium brown barber pole wrapper utilizing what appears to be a thin Connecticut stripe going around the cigar. It has visible veins tight seams and appears to be a double cap.” –Angel M. (Angel)

Aroma: 90

“Leather, earth, barnyard, hay in that order.” –Randy B. (randobush)

First Third
Partagas Añejo Petit Robusto – Blind Cigar Review

First Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Mild-Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Starting off in the first third I am picking up a bit of green pepper/bell pepper with a small amount of spice flavor it leaves a harsh lingering aftertaste and is a bit astringent. Not too pleasant currently but hopefully it’ll pick up. Ending the first third the flavor has mellowed slightly and the harshness has diminished but is still there. The astringent favor that I can’t put my finger on remains but has also mellowed a bit and has gone to the background still continue to pick up green pepper flavors with mild spice undertones.” –Angel M. (Angel)

“I get a nice, even mix of caramel, cedar and leather to start. There’s a bright coffee just behind, with a touch of pepper tingle on the finish. Getting into the third, leather and caramel drop back a bit exposing a bit of an herbal note. Light cinnamon around ten minutes in.” –Chris M. (Chris)

Second Third
Partagas Añejo Petit Robusto – Blind Cigar Review

Second Third

Flavor: 86
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“Two inches in and there is a savory salty buttery feel on the palate, with a sweet baking spice and cayenne cedar zing on the retro. Perfect draw and burn thus far, with a nice full mouthful of smoke, backed by a medium finish. Scratch that, it’s a long finish now, lasting easily until the next draw..” –Randy B. (randobush)

“Peppery, hazelnut, wood.” –Joseph S. (Bearded Bastard)

Final Third
Partagas Añejo Petit Robusto – Blind Cigar Review

Final Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The coffee toned down but was still the only flavor.” –Jai P. (Jai)

“Going into final third there is now a semi-sweet caramel, high cedar, sweet cayenne, and a salty, butter baking spice. Retro has a small zing to it now, but it’s not unpleasant. Burn remains razor sharp, and draw is perfect.” –Randy B. (randobush)”

Overall Impressions – Partagas Añejo Petit Robusto

Draw: 91

“The draw on this cigar delivered 100% and was very satisfying. I’ll leave it there.” –Randy B. (randobush)

Burn: 93

“I got a pretty wavy burn, but was mostly self-correcting. Only one touch-up needed after the ash drop.” –Chris M. (Chris)

Construction: 93

“I would describe the construction of the cigar as was well-built. No cracks opened up and other than the one touchup during the second third the burn was pretty razor sharp, visually this was good looking cigar as a barber pole.” –Angel M. (Angel)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Experience Overall: 93

“A great cigar for those that like coffee. Impeccable construction with a nice even burn and mellow smoke throughout the experience. The initial sweetness prepares the palate to accept the bitterness that coffee brings.” –Jai P. (Jai)

“I wish the body had kept up with where it started. Nice shifts, and a fair amount of complexity, but after getting 10-15 minutes into the smoke, they dropped their pop. That being said, I could still see myself smoking this again.” –Chris M. (Chris)

“This cigar started off pretty harsh with some astringent flavors in the first third. Throughout the whole cigar, the astringency got less and less making the cigar much better by the end. I wasn’t overwhelmed with the flavors they stayed fairly consistent up until the last third at which time the green pepper transitioned into a citrus flavor, with a muted leather flavor and very slight sweetness. Fortunately, the harshness diminished and the astringency disappeared making for a decent ending. Overall, a decent cigar.” –Angel M. (Angel)

“Great flavors, no burn issues, great construction.” –Joseph S. (Bearded Bastard)

“Really enjoyed the experience that this cigar provided. Looks-wise, I wasn’t very interested at first, but it quickly commanded my attention and demanded my respect. The performance was exceptional overall. The flavors were bold and pronounced, mixing well together. I enjoyed the nice long finish in between draws. I’m still enjoying the finish of flavors on my palate as I close out this review. With that, I bid thee farewell until next time.” –Randy B. (randobush)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 52

Jai P. 958890858895959792
Chris M. 929288858888888888
Angel M. 908885858890888885
Joseph S. 929290909092959595
Randy B. 8890929595100979595

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Partagas Añejo Petit Robusto – Blind Cigar Review

Partagas Añejo Petit Robusto
"A great cigar for those that like coffee. Impeccable construction with a nice even burn and mellow smoke throughout the experience. The initial sweetness prepares the palate to accept the bitterness that coffee brings. " -Jai P. (Jai)
First Third
Second Third
Final Third
Overall Experience
Very Good