Sunday, August 10, 2008

Padron Executive

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Country of Origin: Esteli, Nicaragua

Wrapper: Nicaragua, Maduro

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

My purchase price: $6 per single

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"Only Cuban-seed tobaccos aged for two and a half years are used in the manufacture of this medium to full bodied range from all-Nicaraguan tobaccos."

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After having viewed this cigar from the Padron website, I just realized that the retailer that I ordered these cigars from, gave me the wrong cigar. Instead of the natural cigar, they actually gave me the maduro. Thankfully this cigar was absolutely delicious because otherwise, I would complain and send them back for the right ones. Do you think they would give me credit for sending back the nubs?

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As far as the medium to full flavored description as provided by my pocket cyclopedia, I would say that I found the cigar to start out in the mild range then progressing to a solidly medium level of flavor. Not once did I think the cigar hit the bottom limits of "full".

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Appearance - this slight box-pressed cigar had a nice oily wrapper, chocolate brown in color, with small veins throughout. It did feel a little bumpy with some areas of softness, but nothing too extreme. The label did slide around but could not completely fall off. The cap was crooked and not too attractive but came off cleanly with my cutter. With the exception of a tiny piece to the cap flapping up, the wrapper held together well while smoking this long double corona. I was impressed.

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The cigar burned well with out touch ups, except at the very end when I wanted to get more smoke out of it. The burn line was fairly even but not razor sharp. The ash was a pretty white to light gray with flecks of black throughout and remained compact and firm. I chose to take off the ash after every inch rather than let it fall on it's own.

Flavor- From the first puff, the cigar was tasty. Right off the bat, I tasted lots of creaminess, hints of coffee and nuts and some caramel. Mild, with no hints of spiciness. (Great for me since I don't particularly like peppery cigars)

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After the first inch and a half, the flavors remained consistent developing more sweetness yet remaining smooth and pleasant. Eventually, I noticed some grassy notes and a hint of bright cedar coming through, along with some nuttiness.

Towards the mid-point of the cigar, I was getting a more pronounced flavor of creamy hay, cedar, roasted nuts with a longer finish. I may have even tasted a smidgen of pepper, but maybe it was my imagination, because it was barely noticeable. The flavor was solidly medium at this point.

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Past the midpoint, I was still getting the same predominate flavors of dark chocolate, bright cedar, nuts and with a creamy background. The finish was beginning to develop a little bitterness, so I had to stop double puffing on the cigar and slow down a little. Which leads me to my only complaint about the cigar.

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This particular cigar had a very firm draw, but was not plugged. I did not have a draw correction tools so I was forced to double puff on the cigar to generate adequate smoke in my mouth. I plan on smoking more of these, so I will let you know if that was just an isolated problem or not.

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The last few inches of the cigar tasted of leather and aged tobacco with a very long finish. I could actually draw in juices at this point and resorted to smoking the rest of the cigar with the short width of the box press facing up.

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I would definitely recommend this cigar. It has great flavor without ever being overwhelming. Great for those who like a balanced and flavorful cigar without the spice.

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My score: 92 out of 100

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