Partagas cigars are an invitation to savor the finesse they bring to you from the richest of Cuban traditions to the richest of Cameroon wrappers. Partagas smokers know what they want: a cigar that will always deliver the good high taste that still never comes too strong. A Partagas cigar is well-known among cigar smokers all round the world for its consistency, quality and rich flavour. Ramon Cifuentes cultivated these high qualities in all of the workers who have been a part of the manufacturing process of Partagas cigars.
When he left Cuba, Ramon went first to Jamaica, as finally to find in Dominican Republic the ideal place for continuing his cigar-maker business. Daniel Nunez, his former apprentice, now become a partner, took over the "facto" the whole business. It was need of a fresh restart, a new beginning for as the brand to regain its top place on world-wide cigar market. And Daniel was the providential man for this hard mission. After more than 10 years of hard work with ups and downs he finally became the master architect of something really new, a new model revolutionary in many aspects: Partagas Black Label.
A model that would become a true hallmark of the Partagas brand for the tears to come. For as this thing to be possible it was need of improving the quality of the wrappers and the binders used for this new model. For this, the Media tempo wrapper became heavier and oil-richer than any other wrapper as the leaves needed to make it started to be harvested only when they attained a preestablished grade of maturity, wich made them to get almost a double length compared to the wrapper leaves used until then.
Las Vegas Especial binder too suffered modifications as the leaves used in the process began to be grown only in the sunny Dominican Republic, something that gave the cigar a stronger and richer flavor. To amplify even more this full-bodied feature of the cigar, Daniel Nunez started using a secret combination of Nicaraguan Ligero and Dominican Piloto special blend. All these improvements and a larger ring gauge concurred in turning this model into a very dark colored, rich and full-bodied cigar.
Partagas Figurados are some kind of a mistery when it is about their origin. It is not known when, where and who originally created them. But if their origin is obscure their scope is as clear as the day light: to give you the sensation of a true full-bodied flavor Partagas cigar. Actually, it is not a surprise that in the last years the interest of the public in Partagas Figurados cigars has increased proportionally with the interest in full-bodied cigars. Partaguas Figurados cigars are now being handcrafted by the most talented Partagas rollers to give them the most appreciated shape among all Partagas models.
Partagas Cifuentes Blend is a specially release of the brand, a specially blended cigar for winters. Partagas cigars are medium-full body cigars, all rich in flavour, and all use a special Honduran wrapper. The wrapper leaves used for this model come from a special tobacco plantation in Honduras, where the sun-drying and the extra-aging of the leaves are a very well kept secret. Despite the strong tobacco aroma that this cigar give you, a pre-lit flavor of coffee and coca makes it known right from the beginning. The 100% combust is really impressive; the wite dash that remains gained the cigar the renown as one of the most "ecological"cigar in the world.
The Cifuentes family, the legendary creators of Partagas in Cuba, created cigars of their own that were unique and distinct in character from all others existent at that time. That tradition has continued for more than 160 years, and finally turned into true legend. This legend must continue, and actually it does, with Partagas Cifuentes Blend. Its, full and rich taste comes from a limited crop of sun-dried Honduran wrapper leaves. The extra aging on the plant gives the wrapper leaf a flavour really unique. And absolutely normal, the quality and expertise found in these cigars are exactly the qualities that the "connoisseurs" would expect from a Partagas cigar.
Wherever you are, at home or at your favourite bar, after lunch or after a simply coffee, a Partagas cigar is what you need to make you feel the delight of a good life.
It was in 1845 when Don Jaime Partagas, established his first factory “Real Fabricas de Tabaco Partagas" in Havana. The name was most probably chosen by Don himself and was thought to reflect Don Jaime as a cigar supplier to Europe and America. Being a established business man, Don Jaime was soon able to buy the best land for tobacco- growing in Cuba, the region Vuelta Abajo. In this way he had the possibility of choosing the finest tobacco on the inland, and in this way the brand became incredibly successful. Don Jaime was also an innovator in this domain of cigars manufacturing. He was credited to have tried various methods of aging and fermenting tobacco.
Don was a man with rich social activity, his" personal love affairs” were very well known at that time. He was supposedly murdered just because of such an "affair" by a jealous rival. His son Jose Partagas then took the reins of his business. Several years later he sold the workshop and the brand to a banker, Jose Bance who then sold them to Cifuentes Fernandes y Cia in the year 1900. But it was another Ciufentes, Ramon who together with his business partner Francisco Pego founded a company named “Cifuntes Pego y Cia" that started producing cigars under the brand, Cifuentes.
In 1938 Cifuentes died, leaving the family in the total control of prestigious factory and brand. The company was renamed, Cifuentes y Cia, and was second only among all Cuban brands in selling and exporting cigars, accounting for more than a quarter of all exported tobacco items. Ciuventes family acquired also other two famous Cuban cigar brands: Gloria and La Gloria Cubana, fact that increased the family fame in world cigars market.
Before the Cuban revolution the brand was a very revered Cuban brand that won several gold medals for quality at diver’s international expositions. After Revolution the brand got nationalised. Ramón was then offered the job for Cuba's tobacco industry, but he refused and emigrated. A new government then owned the company. After seventeen years, Ramón Cifuentes, licensed Partagás and Bolívar cigars and in 1978 got a trademark and re-launched the brand for the stylish American’s. Initial production started in Jamaica, but soon production was shifted to a new factory in Santiago.
In 1995, Santiago factory employed nearly 600 workers, to produce cigars. Then nearly 8 million Partagas cigars were manufactured by General Cigar Company. Practically today, we can speak of two independent companies that use the brand name. One is in Cuba and produces for state-owned tobacco company Habanos SA, the other one is in Dominican Republic and produces for the General Cigar Company, but doesn't use Cuban tobacco.