Wrapper: Medio Tiempo (Connecticut)
Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero and Piloto Cubano Ligero
Binder: La Vega Especial (Dominican Republic)
Country: Dominican Republic
Factory: General Cigar Dominicana
Partagas Black Label took 10 years to perfect the Medio Tempo wrapper and the La Vega Especial binder by Daniel Nunez and his colleagues. The Medio Tempo wrappers which are Cuban-seed are darker, richer, and heavier than most other wrappers which is due to them being harvested after they have been allowed to age on their plants 50% longer than other wrapper leaves. The La Vega Especial binder comes from the Dominican Republic where it is sun-grown to give it a rich, deep flavor of its own. To take the full-bodied style of the cigar farther they blended a mixture of Dominican Piloto Cubano Ligero and Nicaraguan Ligero. This full-bodied cigar starts off with a nice burn that stays almost razor sharp all the way through. The cigar starts off with a slight hint off peppercorn as well as a little bit of coffee; being that it is an oscuro I expected it to have a much more overpowering spice. Once into the halfway point of the cigar, the cigar develops a more pronounced peppercorn flavor as well as a nice touch of earthiness. With the end of the cigar approaching, I never noticed a bitter taste to it, there was an excellent flavor profile throughout the entire cigar. This has become one of my favorite cigars, and I’m sure that you will feel the same once you have tried the Partagas Black Label.