Cigar Review: A double-header for birthday

Partagas Decadas Limited Reserve 1997 #1
Partagas Decadas Limited Reserve 1997 #1

Cigar Name: Partagas Decadas Limited Reserve 1997 #1 (4.5 x 49)

Cigar Description: Cameroon wrapper around Mexican and Domanican filler

Cigar Strength: Full

Review of the Cigar itself: I decided to enjoy two cigars today for my birthday. The LFD Factory Press III I had already reviewed previously so I’ll leave that one for now. What I thought would be nice was the tubed Decadas Limited Reserve 1997 that I had picked up in Soho a month or so ago. It’s seems a great birthday cigar to start off with. As Janis Joplin crooned about wanting a Benz I inspected and inhaled the aroma of the cigar. Getting it out of the tube was easy enough. I have to say that I do like tubes in that they protect the cigar from nicks and roughhousing that sometimes can happen when we’re not too careful with how we store or carry cigars.

Decadas means decades. And while I still have one more year before I hit my 4th decade this was an appropriate cigar to have. I could see the oils glistening on top and smell the sweet tobacco inside. Cigars do tend to age well and I’m hopeful that this one has. The construction was ok, although I’ve seen better on some of my cheaper cigars. An slight edge hung here, the wrapper wasn’t quite smooth there. There were some minor veins and I could see a bit of the glue where the top band was. I easily toasted the end and got to enjoy the spark of the oils as the flame hit.

Middle age is when you go to bed at night and hope you feel better in the morning. Old age is when you go to bed at night and hope you wake up in the morning. — Groucho Marx

The cigar has a strong earthy taste with a hidden sweetness in the back. I suspect it may be the Mexican tobacco coming through stronger than the sweeter Dominican. The ash

A nice ash
A nice ash

is nearly white with specks of grey and black throughout. As I got to the middle, the flavour evened out a bit and became a bit more mellow. I had found the initial bit a little too harsh on the tongue but now, it was starting to become incredibly enjoyable. I have to say that it’s one of the best burns I’ve ever had on a cigar (save for my all-time favourite of the DCM #1/#2) and the ash is very solid, falling off only when tapped.

I removed the band and lazily watched the blue smoke corkscrew itself out the window. How so many people spend their lives going on about what’s wrong with the world and yet, if they looked at life and enjoy it more they’d probably live longer. I recently read a comment: Life is too short to be small. And it really is. Enjoy life and life will return the favour. Some people live to be in their 100s and lament about the things they regretted

The Birthday Boy
The Birthday Boy

they did or didn’t do. Others live to their late teens and have few regrets and so many experiences. I’m somewhere in between: the first part of my life was about the things I regretted that I did or didn’t do but now, I’m striving forward with no regrets and full enjoyment of what is yet to come. I may not live to be 100 but I will live. George Burns said it best: “I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.

Enjoyed with: water

Smoke time: approximately 70 minutes

Final Review Rating: 8/10

One thought on “Cigar Review: A double-header for birthday

  1. Happy Birthday!

    I enjoyed your review and have wanted to try this cigar for quite some time. My B&M has them in stock and I believe I have seen them on Cigars International, but I have yet to pull the trigger. I’m currently out of space in my humidor so I’ll have to wait a bit I guess.



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