In 1962, the United States enacted the embargo on Cuba making Havana cigars illegal to import into the country. Earlier in 2015, some of the restrictions were relaxed, allowing visitors returning directly from Cuba on an official visit to legally bring back $100 worth of cigars and alcohol for personal use.
When this was announced, cigar stores all over the country started getting calls asking if they have Cubans, and the answer was still “no.” A $100 worth of premium Havanas isn’t going to fill your home humidor, let alone a retail store’s.
For example, the subject of this article’s review retails for $7 in Cuba, so you could bring home 14 of them, if you skip the Havana Club rum. It will take an act of Congress before we see Cuban cigars on your tobacconist’s shelves, and you can bet a Serie D No. 4 won’t be $7!
The Partagas brand is among the oldest in Cuba, going back to the 1840s with the 4 7/8” × 50 ring gauge Serie D No. 4 being introduced around 1930. It remains one of the more popular sizes in the Partagas range. The one I smoked spent the last two years resting in my humidor, and it was reported to be rather young when it came into my possession.
Young Havanas can be harsh and aggressive and at less than 5 years of age, this one shouldn’t have been as smooth and delicious as it was. It burned well, which is a quality that can be hit or miss with Cuban cigars. It had the nice spice that is unique to cigars from Cuba, there’s a “twang” that you don’t often find in tobaccos from the rest of the world. The Partagas Serie D No. 4 is a cigar that should be on your list when you have the opportunity to legally enjoy a Cuban cigar.
Size: 4 7/8” x 50 Ring Gauge