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I can say I am a fan of the under 5 inch Padron Cigars. Especially the Maduro wrapped ones. The Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Hermoso Maduro is a 4 in. X 56 ring. Cigar Aficionado, last year rated it as a 93 or Outstanding. I think it has to do with where I live. It’s cold here in MN if you smoke outside a lot you can appreciate smoking a shorter stick.
The cigar looks fantastic. It had a somewhat veiny Wrapper that is a bit toothy. It is very attractive with the deep brown and rich looking.
Using my v-cutter, it cut very easy. The cold draw on a v-cut. It was a loose easy, easy, draw for a box press cigar. The cold draw provided cocoa powder notes with some pepper.
Once lit, there was a smoothness to the smoke that hides the strength. The result is this is strong cigar but it smokes without harshness.
Given the size, it is difficult to talk about changes in thirds. It isn’t easy to pinpoint exactly where one third ends and the next one begins however there comes a point where an earthiness comes in. At first I interrupted the taste as being leather notes but within a few draws it went to earthy. I’m not sure if I misinterpreted leather for earth or didn’t pick up on the leather notes right away. However the pepper taste remained in play but backed off just a tad.
The last part of the cigar the ‘N’ factor started to increase and linger. I will be smoking this again, at the moment I like it very much and will be getting more soon.
Rock-hard with a near-black, mottled wrapper, great oils & a couple tiny veins. PLA faint rye bread; PLA loamy earth & baking flavors; PLD mod. Lights fairly easily, draw is mod, burn requires a fair amount of work to stay on keel, & smoke is sweet, milky leather. Flavors of cocoa, mild earth, baking bread, & oak are joined over time by some sharp & sour cedar & charcoal. The finish is fairly short & is colored at first by the early flavors, but then becomes sharper & more woody in the last 1/3. The body is a high medium. I had higher hopes for this one.
First time with this brand. For the price a good smoke. Not a lot of strong flavors, not much pop but some grassy and woody notes. Burn was very good and well paced. Ash was strong and smoke volume was decent. You can get these for about $4 a cigar and certainly worth the price and keeping some, if only for yardgars
Like just about any Don Pepin there is a lot of pepper in this smoke. Noe one of the better rolls, slight loose so smoked fairly quickly for this size. Loads of pepper through out the entire smoke, really seemed to over power any other flavors that might have been in the cigar. Burn was good and seemed to produce decent smoke.
Very large, heavy feeling cigar.Wrapper is a nice sample with a good sheen to it and a smooth appearance. Cannon is solid and cap is very well applied. It cut's well and has a great draw with a sweet tobacco flavor pre-light. Nice spice in the retro and a good amount of bakers chocolate and a roasted malt and hint's of creme brulee. Ash held past an inch easily and was a light grey and very solid. Getting mocha and a sweet tobacco, roasted malt is still present and I am getting some vanilla aromatics. The only real change going into the last third is the addition of leather to the profile. Still getting mocha and roasted malt and some vanilla aromatics. This is a larger cigar then I normally smoke but it was a good one to make an exception for. Well constructed , good burn characteristics and a nice set of flavors make this one I would smoke again.
I see the past review are all at least 5 years old so I'd like to put my two cents in to update. I bought a box of these and so I've smoked 5. Three of the 5 I wound up throwing out and lighting another cigar in its place. Stiff draw, crappy burn, what little smoke I got was flavorless. I cannot recommend this stick, too many problems, too little reward.
This expensive tubo actually displays a hint of plume on its dark wrapper overlaying a firm body. There are a couple indistinct veins, shallow tooth, good oils & one flaw- a mid-section bump. PLA a mild earthy cocoa; PLT milk chocolate, faint earth & coffee; PLD easy. Toast, light & draw are easy, the burn is even with little work, & the smoke is a sharp, slightly pine-y earth. Throaty notes of oak, cocoa, red pepper, earth, cedar & coffee head up the parade w/some toast & dark nuttiness. This is a powerful smoke, the various flavors waxing & waning slightly, but always in your face. The long, tapering finish has it all & the body is all full. A heady cigar.
A rock-hard core with a dark, golden brown wrapper, one looping vein & deep-set oils. PLA faint earth; PLT faint earth & coffee; PLD mod easy. Lights normally, draw is easy, the burn is even all the way with little work & the smoke is a peppery cloth. Bare existence is the theme of this cigar. Scarcely perceived earth tones, ethereal woods, & ghostly chocolate & leather register, but only peripherally. Don't get me wrong- this isn't a bad cigar, it's just barely there. The finish is a short melange of the flavors & the body, surprsingly, makes medium. This would make an ideal starter stick for the faint of heart.
Beautiful smooth dark chocolate colored maduro wrapper with no visible veins or seems. Smelled of rich aged tobacco, but very mild. Cap cut nicely and foot toasted evenly. First flavors were a nutty chocolate with a slight bitterness lingering in the background. The bitterness quickly changed to just a hint of spices, but covered by more creamy nuttiness on the retrohale.
As the burn reached thicker parts of the cigar, the spice picked up a bit more, as well as a growing cedar undertone. The aged tobacco also picked up with more of a leathery feel.
So far, I'm noticing 2 trends. I really enjoy the retrohale of this cigar, and as it gets thicker, it opens with more and more spice and tobacco and less cream, nut, and cedar. Smoke output also really picked up as I reached the fatter portions and had an overabundance in volume. Around the midway point, I start to taste anise. This faded quickly and the rest of the cigar actually seemed to progress in the reverse order of the first half, as it got skinnier and skinnier. The symmetry was actually really strange.
Overall this was a great cigar. The complexity and transitions were quite interesting. Was it the best I've ever smoked? Not quite, but I have to admit, the novelty of smoking this 12 year old limited edition patriotic themed cigar to celebrate Veteran's Day made the experience one of the most memorable I've had. I received this cigar as a Cigar Geeks newbie in a bomb from Brad (vroomp) and waited 6 months to smoke it on Veteran's Day and it was well worth the wait.
Look's nice enough to start with, wrapper is fairly smooth and has a nice sheen to it, the cannon is solid and has a nice box press to it, cap seem's well applied. It cut's well and the draw feel's a little firm with a nice tobacco and oat flavor pre-light. Some nice mocha, a bit of spice and toasted malt start the show. Smoke production is better then I expected but still not as thick as I had hoped for and burn is slow and holding a fairly strait line. Getting a hint of cream and some hickory along with espresso and still some nice spice in the retro in this second third. I get some leather in this last third along with mocha and the spice is at full strength now. Over all not a bad smoke really. The flavors were good and it burned well. This isn't a bad smoke for the 5 buck's I gave for it. Might get me a few more to keep on hand for working in the shop.