I was in the mood for something Cuban when I was in Sherwood Park, but lacking somewhat in funds, I decided to sample the very reasonably-priced Partagas Habana Chicos, with a mind to sharing with my gentlemen. Partagas is a highly-respected Cuban brand so I was hopeful despite the low price point.
The cigarellos are attractive little mini-cigars, with all the elements of a good cigar in wrapping, wrapper note, and appearance and scent. The red label isn’t brilliant but it isn’t bad either. I lit one of the pre-cut cigarellos; not expecting to be wowed, but expecting to enjoy that Cuban red earth flavour.
I found it. But I also found a bitter and acrid nasty aftertaste like a cigarette, which I despise. Further, it clearly was burning a dingy ashen grey, indicating that it has been adulterated with something. It tasted like the smell of my mother’s ashtray. I could not handle more than a couple of draws before I had to hand it off to someone else.