Wrapper: Honduran Olancho San Agustin (OSA)
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican, Mexican, and Honduran
Robusto Gordo: 5 1/2 x 52
Price: Approximately $9.00
This cigar was reviewed in depth on Cigar Coop.
The Partagas Benji Homage 62 pays tribute to former General Cigar Senior Vice President Benjamin “Benji” Menendez’s tenure in the premium cigar industry. Menendez announced his retirement this past December after 60+ years in the tobacco industry – all spent in premium tobacco. Our friends at A Cigar Smoker’s Journal did a great write-up on this.
In true General fashion, there has been some creativity with the packaging. Each cigar is wrapped in tissue paper – tied at each end. The banding is also placed over the tissue paper. It was a little bit of a pain to remove.
This was a tale of two cigars. It started out average in the first half, but it was down the stretch where this cigar shined.
The cigar starts out with notes of oak, natural tobacco, exotic spice, and a tangy sweetness. The tangy sweetness is more prominent during the first half. The second half sees notes of coffee and earth emerge and the tangy sweetness is now more of a smoother orange sweetness. This is not a powerhouse of a cigar as it is medium strength and medium body.
The aging potential is here with this cigar. I see it getting smoother. It’s a box split now – and could be box worthy in the upcoming months.