Sunday, August 10, 2008

Padilla Series 68 (Toro)

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My last review was on the Illusione 68. I mentioned that it would be a great cigar to celebrate my 40th year of life. Well, now I've found another cigar which I can use to celebrate my birth year of 1968. It is the Padilla Series 68 toro. (6" by 50 ring gauge)

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This cigar was created by Ernesto Padilla to honor the year in which his father Heberto, created his most controversial works speaking out against Castro's communist regime. This led to his imprisonment and eventual exile from Cuba.

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Perelman's Pocket Cyclopedia of Cigars describes the cigar as a medium bodied blend introduced in 2007. It features a Habano wrapper and is offered in boxes of 20. I bought my cigars at a rate of $4.90 each. This is not a Don Pepin cigar and so, should not be affected by the recent split between the two. This cigar is manufactured in Danli, Honduras and is composed of all Nicaraguan tobaccos. The wrapper is Cuban seed Corojo with Cuban seed filler and binder grown in the Jalapa and Condega regions. Check out Keepers of the Flame's review of the Padilla 1948 torpedo.

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Right off the bat, I liked the looks of this beautiful colorado maduro colored cigar with it's triple cap. It was a little veiny but nevertheless quite attractive. It gave off a slight raisiny tobacco scent which was nice. The pre-light draw was clear and the cigar felt firm and nicely packed.

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The first draw was really tasty with immediate cocoa flavors. No hint of pepper which I really did not mind. In fact, there was barely any spiciness throughout the whole cigar but the flavors remained nicely balanced and very smooth. In addition to cocoa, I also tasted roasted nuts and a nice creamy tea-like flavor with a nice touch of honey sweetness. The first third of the cigar was very mild with barely any finish to it. The second third was much nicer, as you got more and more of a longer cedar finish.

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The burn line started off nice and sharp and fairly even but after the first inch and a half or so, it started to become more erratic and required some touching up with the lighter. The ash was a nice light gray in color and was a little flakey but held on until I tapped it off. I would say that the cigar started off in the mild zone and gradually hit medium and stayed there. The last third of the cigar finishes nicely with the same balance of flavors plus a nice leathery finish.

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I would definitely smoke this cigar again. I think cigar beginners would enjoy it because it is free of harshness and very flavorful while remaining mild to medium in strength. I would rate this cigar a 93.

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