Partagas 160 cigars are about as rare and special as could be. The wrapper leaf is probably older than some of our customers!
When the Partagas 150 was released, it was made with an 18-year aged Cameroon wrapper. This was pushing the envelope, given that the vast majority of aged tobacco is sold at the 2-5 year mark. Beyond that, there are very few blends that keep the leaf developing.
But Partagas 160 cigars are something totally different. The same leaf that graced the Partagas 150 was still aging in a very limited quantity. It then became the wrapper of the Partagas 160, making it a 28-year aged leaf.
Now that’s how you celebrate a big anniversary like this!
Partagas is one of the world’s oldest cigar companies, with a history that can be traced back to 1845. This means that 2005 was the 160th anniversary of the brand, which gave this cigar its name. It was originally founded by Jaime Partagas, but was owned for decades by Ramon Cifuentes. He was one of Cuba’s preeminent cigar men – an expert and leader who was asked to run the whole country’s cigar industry after it was nationalized in Castro’s revolution. He refused, and instead started from zero on his own terms in NYC. Eventually, he relaunched the brand in the Dominican Republic, where it still operates to this day.
The blend for the Partagas 160 cigar is quite potent. After you get past the exquisitely aged Cameroon wrapper leaf, you’ll find a young and spicy Mexican San Andrés binder. This holds in a rich long-filler blend of Dominican Piloto Cubano and more Mexican San Andrés leaf. The flavors are off the charts, led by the Cameroon’s woody note of oak, and carried along by something like a spiced pear cider with a caramel sweetness that occasionally peeks out.
It’s the kind of cigar you come across once in a blue moon, which is fitting to celebrate a company that has survived for over a century of ups and downs. Many have come and gone, but the Partagas tradition survives to this day. The company can still be relied upon for high-quality smokes, and a reputation like that is truly a treasure in our minds.
Please browse our selection of Partagas 160 cigars at your leisure.