Partagas pipe tobacco combines Burley for nuttiness, black Cavendish for sweetness, and Latakia for smokiness, resulting in a blend that takes an English-aromatic crossover direction in its components, but that goes without any additional topping.
I just reviewed Lane Limited's HGL. Immediately after posting the review I felt like having a bowl, but sadly I was completely out. I could have grabbed some Captain Black Original and thrown in some blending Latakia, but why bother? I remembered I h... Read Moread a tin of Lane Limited's Partagás pipe tobacco. Knowing how similar Partagás is to HGL, I was elated. I did something I don't usually do, although I've had Partagás pipe tobacco many times, I thought I'd sit and have a bowl to refresh my memory just prior to writing this review. Man, my memory served me well. I'm not a cigar smoker, so I don't pretend to know how this compares to Partagás cigars, but this is a fine pipe tobacco. Please keep in mind there is no cigar leaf in this blend. This is a nice soft ribbon cut blend that is wholly in the Aromatic English cross-over category. As such, it will please fans of those niche blends with one foot squarely in aromatics and the other tipping its toe into the English pool. It's light to medium in strength, leaning more to the light side. It's a ribbon cut, so it loads easily and burns evenly. It's not one to be rushed or over-stoked, and try not to over-tamp, but you shouldn't have much trouble carrying on. The flavor is consistent, but can decline if smoked too aggressively. I've never kept HGL around long enough to test the sameness theory, but the one thing I like about Partagás is that it has a sweeter edge to it, similar to Captain Black blends. Those of you sensitive to humectant sweeteners may find this too sweet, but I think it's balanced and not overly unnatural. If you prefer stronger doses of Latakia, this may not do it for you. This is a great all-day, all-year blend for me. I'm actually surprised I still had some. The blend could have easily been called Captain Black Latakia Blend or a tin of HGL rather than the bulk variety, but I guess it can't hurt to have a legendary name like Partagás. I hope this helps. Read Less
By the end of my second bowl I was hooked. What a smooth straight smoke through and through. Not a lot of Thrills added or needed it is what it is and what it says no bite real smooth all the way down towards the end. I would recommend this for anybo... Read Moredy I think it's going to be one of my new go too. Read Less
Yep, I have fun smoking this. I didn't find it overpowering. It billows out of the pipe the way I think a tobacco should. The occasional kiss of sweetness gives it a balance. Definitely will be more in my future. Get some and take it for a spin and h... Read Moreave fun with it. Just sayin Read Less
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