Wednesday night I decided to be a little impatient and crack open my recently purchased box of Partagas Serie D No. 4, with a box date of JUN 2012. These have only been resting in my humidor for a few days, but the temptation was too great and I buckled into the Partagas leathery pressure. When I started smoking in 2006, the Partagas Serie D No. 4 was one of the first Cigars that I fell in love with. Big flavours that made you stand up and take notice. Plenty of things going on in terms of complexity that made you take a step back and make you take this hobby a little more seriously.
Well, when it got to around to 2009 or so I found that less and less of the D No. 4's were hitting those high points that I had experienced when I first started out and therefore I slowly migrated over to other vitolas as my go to's. Over the last year however I've been hearing good things about recent production so I had to take the chance and purchase a box.
The construction of the Cigars are fantastic. Draw perfect and the burn was steadfast and sure of itself. For such a young Cigar, the flavours, although a little two dimensional, were big on the leathery front, with some earth settling underneath. There was some pepper in the finish but it was somewhere up in the Gods. I think back in 2006 to 2008 there was a little more white pepper in the finish, but that could be my mind playing tricks on me.
Great Cigar for so young. Give these a few years and the Cigar will mature into a well rounded powerhouse! I doubt this box will be ageing for a few years however, as no doubt these will be smoked relatively quickly for 'research purposes' ;-)
Another box purchase will have to be made soon. 92/100