Posted by Jack | in Padron | on 08 Feb 2015 | at 2:24 PM | 2120 views
Today we are going to review a cigar that I would call a tried and true classic.  They have been around for years and they are one of the most recognized brands around.  Often I have found that folks overlook the classic Padron line because the high end of their lines gets all of the attention and press.  So I hope this will energize folks to dip into what is a terrific catalog.  The samples for this review were provided by the friendly folks at Famous Smoke Shop.  Let's get smoking....
Construction: The core Padron line has always had a very rough and rustic look.  Slightly lumpy, a few seam pops here and there, and a dry looking wrapper leaf make these look like something you would expect to see Clint Eastwood chomping on in an old western.  The simple brown and white band has a terrific vintage feel to it that I love.
Pre-light Aroma and Draw: A nice earthy and leathery note comes from the wrapper and a hint of sweet tobacco and raisin from the foot.  The draw is absolutely flawless.
Light and Burn: Spot on perfect from start to finish. A medium gray ash that clings like crazy with no burn issues at all.
Tasting:  Starting off there is a nice nutty core with hints of paper, warm tobacco, cocoa, and earth mingle well together.  I get notes of vanilla and mild black pepper too.  As the first third dies the core switches from nuts to spice.  A terrific start.
A honey sweet note starts off the middle third with a nice black tea note in there too.  On top of the prevailing peppery spice it makes for a very interesting flavor profile.  Things smooth out a bit but the strength does not drop off.  Still in the full arena.  A terrific balance against the spicy core.
The final third hits with a sticky sweet flavor, a bit of dark chocolate, and a touch of something like nutmeg.  Again, not totally in your face - you have to concentrate to pick things out of the spice - but they are there and it all adds up to a really awesome cigar.
Value: At around $6 or less, this is a good anytime cigar.
Final Thoughts: I will admit that it has been years since I have smoked one of these classic Padron cigars.  This review was one I wondered how it was going to turn out...and I am impressed. I would suggest these as a golf cigar or one to smoke when you are busy puttering around the yard.  The price is excellent and the blend is rock solid.  Easily recommended.  Looking to snag some Padrons now?  Click here.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan maduro
Size: 5 x 50
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