General Cigar Company unveiled the Partagas Heritage in early 2017, recalling nearly as much nostalgic resemblance from the brand’s rich “heritage” as possible. For starters, the bands look almost identical to the famed Partagás “alphabet series” (e.g. Partagás Serie D, etc.). The look is also reminiscent of General’s Partagas “anniversary series” cigars (e.g. Partagas 150 & 160) and even utilizes a similar filler blend. This all comes at the contentious setting of today’s escalating relationship between the U.S. and Cuba. If Cuba’s Partagás is introduced to the U.S. market, the naming and designs of the to brands will have to be sorted out, and General appears to be positioning themselves as the victor.
As Honduras is renowned for growing the best wrappers in Central America, Partagas Heritage is made with a reddish wrapper developed exclusively for this launch. This proprietary leaf was grown in the revered volcanic soils of the Olancho San Agustin (OSA) Valley and burns to a stark white ash and is reminiscent of the wrapper used on Partagas Spanish Rosado. Only viso leaves were selected for Partagas Heritage, to deliver fine veins and beautiful color, while imparting complexity and a touch of sweetness.
The flavor of the OSA wrapper extends to the CT Broadleaf binder, which imparts another dimension of subtle sweetness with notes of cinnamon.
The blend of Partagas Heritage delivers spicy notes, derived from Honduran Jamastran leaves, and the same Dominican Piloto Cubano and Mexican San Andres tobaccos that comprise Partagas 160.
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