The Partagás Serie C No. 3 is the second 2012 Limited Edition to have now been released by Habanos SA and is available across the UK. The cigars are presented in SBN boxes of 10 and have been blended to match the rich, earthy, full bodied aromas that have made the brand such a firm favourite amongst cigar enthusiasts worldwide.
Vitola de Salida: Serie C No. 3
Dimensions: 5 ½” (140mm) x 48 ring gauge
Presentation: SBN box of 10 cigars.
Partagás owes its origin to the efforts of a remarkable Catalonian entrepreneur named JaimePartagás Ravelo (pictured below), who as a young man in the early the 1820s immigrated to Cuba.
By 1827 he had started his first cigar factory and in 1845 he registered the name of La Real Fabrica de TabacosPartagás (The Royal Partagás Cigar Factory) as a trademark.
The year 1845 is commemorated on the stuccoed sign that tops the façade of the factory at 520 Industria Street, which Jaime Partagás opened in 1860 and where the cigars that bear his name have been made ever since.
Always an innovator, Partagás pioneered the idea of allowing readers to entertain the cigar rollers whilst they worked in his factory. It is generally accepted that the first such reading took place in 1866.
Sadly Partagás would not live to see his business grow into the global enterprise that it was to become because, in the summer of 1868, he was shot whilst on a visit to Pinar del Rio and died soon afterwards.
Who killed Jaime Partagás, and why, remains shrouded mystery. Some ascribe his demise to an affair of the heart; others believe that it was the result of a commercial dispute with a rival cigar manufacture, Cabañas y Carbajal, which had accused him of selling cigars under their names in the British market.
The Partagás family continued to run the business until the end of the century with the support of a banker called José Bances. Then in 1899 the company was sold to Ramon Cifuentes whose family, at first in partnership with Jose Fernandez and then with Francisco Pego, ran Partagás up until 1960 when, after the Cuban Revolution, it was taken over by the state.
The Partagás Alphabetical Series
The Alphabetical Series was originated by Partagás for the British market in the 1930s. The cigars were made in four different lengths and to four different ring gauges; a total of sixteen different sizes.
6⅝ x 38
6⅝ x 42
6⅝ x 48
6⅝ x 50
6⅛ x 38
6⅛ x 42
6⅛ x 48
6⅛ x 50
5½ x 38
5½ x 42
5½ x 48
5½ x 50
4⅞ x 38
4⅞ x 42
4⅞ x 48
4⅞ x 50
Until today just one of the original sizes had survived as a standard line, the robusto-sized Serie D No. 4. However, the Alphabetical Series has been expanded beyond its original format through the release the D No. 5 and the E No. 2 in 2011.
Some of the other lines in the series have been re-produced for special productions such as the Serie C No. 1 in 2002 for the Coleccion Habanos Partagás ‘book’, and the Serie D No. 2 and the Serie D No. 1 for the 2003 and 2004 Partagás Limited Editions respectively. The name Serie D No. 3 was used for Partagás Limited Editions in 2001 and 2006, but the size in these cases was a Corona Gorda (5⅝ x 46 ring gauge), which did not follow the tradition.
In May 2005, when the Partagás Serie P No. 2 was launched, it was the first new size to be added to the brand’s standard range since the Cuban Revolution in 1959.
Habanos S.A., the Anglo-Cuban company that markets Cuban cigars worldwide, decided that it should become part of the tradition of the brand’s Alphabetical Series.
It is made in the classic ‘torpedo’ shape or ‘Pirámides’ as it is known in the Cuban factories, so the letter chosen to identify it was ‘P’.
All Partagás Alphabetical Series cigars are dressed with straight-edged, red and gold bands that differentiate them from other sizes in the brand. Their flavour, however, mirrors the rich, earthy, rustic taste that makes all Partagás cigars so distinctive.
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