Reviewed by Anonymous
At 4 7/8" long, with a ring gauge of 50, the Partagas Serie D No.4 is a cigar of classic Robusto proportions. The typical D4 has a chocolate coloured, almost oily wrapper, and is firmly built (albeit responsive to a gentle squeeze), with very little surface vein.
I find the D4 an easy cigar to light, and one that burns well; there is no unevenness, and, because the draw is free and consistent, you don't need to puff too frequently or too hard to keep it alight. As a result, it does not burn too hot, which, in turn, means that there is not the bitterness that can be found with some Robustos. It also means that the D4 produces a satisfyingly long, very light grey, firmly packed ash.
Each easy draw fills the mouth with a good volume of slightly sweet smelling, bluish smoke, which is where the real fun starts: the D4 is, to my mind, of medium strength (although I know that many consider it to be strong), both in terms of the flavours and the tobacco 'punch.' The main attraction of this cigar is the way in which the flavour 'evolves.' On lighting, there is a rush of intense nutty flavour, with a touch of peppery spice. After a while, this subsides to woody then earthy notes. Towards the end, it becomes even sweeter, moving into subtle cut grass tones.
Throughout, the flavours blend seamlessly, producing a complex but accessible taste; that is to say, it is a cigar that can be enjoyed by newcomers to smoking, but is also one which has enough depth to bring a connoisseur back time and again.
Near the start of this review, I referred to "the typical D4," and I meant it - the very fact that these cigars are so consistent (in every respect, not just its physical characteristics) is another of the brand's strengths - at around Â£250 a box, you like to know what you're getting.
All-in-all, this is a reliably well-balanced and tasty smoke, of an ideal size and strength to round off a good meal.
This one is my kind of review. I like it the best. It gets straight to the point. There are several keys descriptions that give me the info I want........construction, draw, burn, taste. It allows me to make up my mind quickly as to whether or not I want to purchase one. Tastes are described in terms I understand, which I like in a review. I give this one a 9.5.
Reviewer: Billy Hood
Great review. Honest straight forward review of all relevant aspects. Made me want to pick up a box or two. I give it a 9 out of 10.
Reviewer: Dave Hickey
I liked this one. Very straight forward and descriptive. The one part he missed in the actual review was the burn of the cigar he smoked. but it doesn't sound like he had any problems or I would think her would have mentioned it.
Reviewer: Mike Boucher
OVERALL SCORE: 27.5/30
Reviewed by Shawn Leventhal (November 2000)
I can't tell you all how psyched I was when I opened my mail box and found three beautiful Partagas Serie D No. 4. I definitely don't feel qualified or experienced enough to be doing this, but I welcome the challenge with very open arms and great thanks to Cgars Ltd for giving me the chance. Ok, on with the reviews:
First: After a nice steak dinner, I went to a great cigar lounge with some friends and broke out my first tester. The robusto had a very smooth feel, but not too oily. A nice rich chocolate color, and the construction was very good with some veins being apparent throughout the body. Unfortunately, during shipping most likely, the cap was slightly cracked, which only worsened when I applied my bullet punch cut. This tends to be the cut I like the most, especially with a robusto. I had been enjoying the aroma of the cigar since I received it. It had a great "cuban cigar" scent, that just screamed to be smoked. I took a few pre light draws and noticed a very spicy flavor. To pair with this smoke, I ordered a Glenmorangie 18 on the rocks. Upon lighting, I noticed a slight toughness to the draw, which was a bit disappointing. Not too tough a draw that I felt it was plugged, but enough to notice with each draw. This cigar immediately imparted a very medium to full bodied flavour (spelling for our British friends :) ), with a spiciness that continued throughout the smoke. It went well with the scotch, which was a great treat unto itself, but that's another review. The ash was a dark grey and burned well and mostly even throughout. Towards the middle, I noticed hints of leather with increasing nuttiness towards the end. Overall a good cigar, but not among the best I have smoked.
Second: While I was enjoying my robusto, my friends were smoking churchill sized cigars, so there was ample time for me to light the second. I had a glass of cool water in between, and once my palate seemed cleansed, I took out the second. This one also had a beautiful aroma and great, smooth feel. Very similar if not exactly like the first one, in colour, and apparent veins. This one also had a split cap. The pre-draw again imparted flavours of spice. With this, I decided to go with a cognac, and ordered a snifter of Delamain, Vesper. A great cognac, and went much better with the Partagas then the scotch did. Much to my delight, this one had an easier draw. The same dark grey ash and even burn as the first, but noticed a bit more earthiness as it smoked down. The spiciness was the same. I don't think I mentioned it above, but both cigars had a long finish, and got much stronger as I smoked it. The spiciness definitely stayed on my palate each time.
Third: After dinner with my girlfriend, we went back to the same cigar club I had smoked the other two at (might as well be consistent with setting I figured :) ). This last cigar was much smoother to the touch than the other two, and had a slightly darker chocolate color. There were no veins on this one unlike the other two. The construction was near perfect, and the cap was exceptional. not a single crack or chip. This time I let the waiter cut it with a scissors. Great pre-draw flavors, which imparted the same spiciness as the others, but also had a much sweeter taste, of which I think currant comes closest to describing. Subtle, but very noticable (does that make sense?). I decided to go with an Armangac this time, and ordered a snifter of Busnel. I used a cedar splint to light this one, and the draw was exceptional. By far the best draw of all three. Perhaps it was the cut, perhaps the cigar ( I think the later). This one also proved to have the best combination of flavors. A bit more complex then the other two, it added a nice creamy finish, with hints of cocoa and possibly coffee. The ash of this one was a lighter shade of grey and burned perfectly even. As it smoked, the cigar imparted earthy and wood flavors with undertones of nuttiness. Spicy throughout, but the earthiness and wood became more overpowering towards the end, and about 1.5 inches above the band, became a bit harsh. I put it down shortly after. The Armangac has a great spicy/sweetness that went absolutely wonderful with this cigar. This was hands down the best of the three.
There you have it. I hope I did not make a fool of myself :)
The serie d4 has got to be everyone's go to cigar! It's up there with the monticristo no4 for consistency, construction is great and the cigar is always filled to the brim with tobacco. The aroma is a faint hay but don't let it fool you. Once lit this cigar is a power house delivering lots of rich smoke and yet once you take a draw and set it down there is virtually no foot smoke the only fault I have with the construction is the burn line as this stick has a tendency to burn very wonky,( a quick touch up will fix the problem) flavour wise from first light you get a real deep earth and a slight nutmeg taste, if it wasn't for the shade of wrapper you would think it's a Maduro due to the amount of power it delivers second third is a nice introduction to a coffee and coco that mixes very nice with the nutmeg and finished off with that deep earth. In the final third primarily the same flavours coffee is More proment with the coco dying out other than that same flavour profile as before also a strength increase in the final third. All in all a fabulous cigar and one that should be in everyone's humidors
As a lover of partagas cigars particularly the petit coronas especial,I decided it was time to revisit the sd4 which I always respect as it is big in flavour and nicotine,however I feel that these cigars are starting to suffer the same fate as the Monte no2 and no4,they are so inconsistent these days. Its true that you will still get a real good one most of the time but the bad ones taste cheap,the demand for these is definitely affecting the quality
WOW! this is a hearty cigar, strong earthy tones with a hint of spice, definitely a dominating flavour... i had this with a Laphroaig 10yrs being perfect for a winter smoke... This is not for the faint hearted, enjoy slowly with care after a nice roast dinner xD