Size: 5″ x 50
Machine or Hand-rolled: Hand-rolled
Age: 3 Years
Price: $5.20 USD
Where to Purchase: Atlantic Cigar Co.
Padrón has been at the top of the cigar industry since it inception, and for good reason. If your looking for a delicious, high quality cigar some people believe that Padrón is the be-all end-all of cigars. Although this stance is a bit absolutist for my taste, I can see how some people may think that.
Padrón has some of the highest quality-control standards in the industry and they produce cigars of the highest grade with some of the best tobacco in the world. They offer various lines within their brand, and this review will cover one of their most well known and massively produced sticks, the Padrón 2000 natural.
The stick is actually quite deceiving, although it produces a potent bouquet of delicious dessert-like aromas, the construction is quit shaggy. The wrapper is a thick leaf with plainly visible veins and visible seams. The foot of the cigar appears to be rough as does the texture of the wrapper. Aside from that, the stick is definitely very oily even though the texture is tooth-like.
I cut the tip off with my cigar scissors and lit the foot with my butane torch. Instantly I was rushed with notes of wood, earth and cacao. The draw was perfect and this helped to produce a large volume of smoke, which produced a full bodied experience.
First Third (1/3) – 15 min
I typically find that Padrón’s standard line of cigars, although constructed well, have a very light pack. Because of this the cigars typically burn faster then one would expect for a 5″ x 50 ring gauge box-pressed stick. Nonetheless, the cigar produced obvious dessert-like flavours of chocolate, molasses and rich earth. The finish was definitely long and lasted thoroughly till the next puff (about 30 seconds).
Second Third (2/3) – 20 min
I decided to slow my pace down so that I can keep the smoke as cool as possible. Although the ring gauge on the cigar is 50, the box press condenses that quite a bit. The dessert-like flavours persisted throughout this third but they certainly consolidated themselves more then in the previous third. The smoke gave a chewy mouth sensation and I felt a heaviness in the chest that I find to be reminiscent of drinking a shot of scotch. Woody/smokey notes persisted onto the finish with a hint of caramel at the end.
Final Third (3/3) – 15 min
There wasn’t much change in this third, but as the burn approached the last inch the cigar got remarkably hot. Thus, I had to put it down to rest. Overall a great stick but I hoped that I could have gotten more of those delicious flavours out of it.
Total Smoke Time: 50 min
Padrón truly lives up to the high standards that cigar aficionados hold them to. The dessert flavours are an interesting change of pace and the balance was superb with the drier, earthier notes. Coupling the unique construction and flavours with an equally great price places this stick on the Leather Library 10-Point Stogie Scale at a:
By: Steven Umbrello
Steven Umbrello is a student of philosophy and an avid cigar and pipe smoker. He has been smoking cigars and pipes for over five years and has made it his mission to learn as much about the industry as possible. He has attended some high profile cigar events and is a leading member of the Toronto Cigar Club. You can find more from Steven at his blog The Leather Library Blog.