The Difference Between a Cuban Partagas Cigar and Dominican Partagas Cigar

March 4, 2019

Very few premium brands in the world today, have the mystique and allure of the famous Cuban Partagas cigar.  A victim of the Cuban embargo of 1962, this legendary brand can easily be found in cigar stores throughout Europe and Central America, but unfortunately, they are still not legally sold here in the United States.

The original Cuban Partagas cigars are among the oldest brands of cigars still in existence. Still produced at No. 520 Industria Street, just behind the Capitol building, in the heart of the city, the factory was opened in 1845 by Don Jaime Partagas and it has been making the cigars that bear his name ever since. Not only is this landmark factory still thriving, but it has also become a top tourist destination for cigar smokers around the globe, as it still offers daily tours of the facility.

A Cuban Partagas cigar is immediately recognizable by its deep, earthy, and nutty tones, presented with a full-bodied strength profile that provides a creamy smooth texture on the palate. The character of its blend springs from a selection of 100% Cuban wrapper, binder, and filler tobaccos grown in the famous Vuelta Abajo region that has been carefully chosen for their unmistakable richness of flavor and unique sweet-smelling aroma.

Today, the name is used today by two independent and competing entities, one produced at this legendary factory mentioned above, and the other, containing no Cuban tobacco, produced in the Dominican Republic for the prestigious General Cigar Company.

Following the Cuban Revolution, legendary cigarmaker Ramón Cifuentes opted to emigrate to the United States rather than work in this now state-owned factory. In 1974, the Cifuentes family made a deal with the General Cigar Co. to manufacture Partagas cigars in Jamaica, and the first non-Cuban Partagas cigars hit the US market in 1977. General later shifted production to its factory in the Dominican Republic, where they’re still made with aged Dominican and Mexican filler tobaccos, Mexican binders, and savory wrappers grown in the Cameroon region of Africa.

The Dominican Partagas Cigar is steeped in Cuban tradition and offers the cigar aficionado a premium handmade smoke with a surprisingly similar taste to its heralded Cuban counterpart. Slightly mellower than the original blend, although hardly noticeable, the medium-bodied Dominican Partagas cigar is rife with mouthwatering layers of leather, sweet cocoa, nuts, some earthiness, and a toasty tobacco sweetness throughout.

Dominican Partagas cigars are among the best-selling premium cigars in the United States today, and General has added many line extensions to the storied brand, allowing you to find the perfect smoke that rivals the amazing taste of the Cuban Partagas Cigar without having to leave the country.


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