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Spotlight Brand: Partagas 1845

September 2, 2012 |

Take it up a notch with the new: Partagas 1845 Cigars.

This famous brand originated in 1845, not long after Jaime Partagas sailed from Spain to Cuba. Yet the greatest chapters of Partagas history were written by two other men, Ramón Cifuentes and the son who was named after him. Whether working together or alone, it was those two great cigar masters who made Partagas the leading Cuban cigar.

Hailing from the Dominican, this re-invention of the Partagas line is bold and guaranteed to make a splash in the industry. The complex blend of Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Connecticut-grown Habano makes for one of the most unique blends we've seen in a long time. Encased in an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, the cigar is a smooth, medium-bodied blend. You'll notice notes of cedar, earth, spice, and a hint of vanilla on the finish.

Q & A: My Cigars Smell Like Ammonia?

I bought some fresh-rolled cigars down in Miami at a tobacco shop and now they smell like ammonia. Why?

8/31/12 | by DH of Lincoln, NE

​​As with all plants, tobacco leaves are green when they are picked from their stalks. In order to make a cigar, the tobacco leaves must be cured and fermented. During the curing process, the tobacco leaves are exposed to intense heat, which not only allows their colors to change from green to brown, but it also helps to release any unwanted flavors, toxins, diminish the nicotine content, etc. During the fermentation process, the leaves are wet and exposed to heat, which forces them to release an ammonia-like smell. The leaves are then aged for months or even years before being brought to the market. During that aging period, those ammonia-like characteristics dissipate, and you're left with a semi-sweet, great-tasting leaf. 

by Dave

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