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Thursday, November 30, 2006

3 Regular Guys Review - Padron Delicias




Super 8 Sampler Review Courtesy of the 3 Regular Guys at Thompson Cigar.

We had to think way back to our first Padróns to recall how it could be possible to underestimate this cigar. Not in the sense of some cigars that look really appealing but by the time it’s through your brain feels like it was plowed into by a bottle of Night Train (shear speculation); but rather in the sense that a Padron often appears rather unassuming and perhaps ordinary. Once you’ve smoked a Padron you immediately learn to recognize its chocolaty-brown wrapper with oily hints and perhaps a sunspot or two as being the finished canvas of a master. We all noted that the caps on our Delicias looked a little bit rough but none of us made any record of the construction of the cigar not holding up.

Smoking a Padron is a distinct pleasure. From first light a Padron smokes beautifully. If you tried to go through your cigar collection and ascribe one word to each brand you’d be well advised to save consistent until you get to Padrón. Not only does this cigar smoke incredibly consistent but you’d better like the taste of a Padron because every bloody one seems as though it’s a clone of the previous.

The draw is great –firm enough to give some resistance but letting through a generous dose of cool tasty smoke. The slightly veiny wrapper, binder, and evenly packed filler all hail from Nicaragua making this one of the most well-rounded puros we’ve ever come across. The taste may initially be a tad bitter just after lighting, but that quickly rounds out into smooth dark-chocolate, coffee and cocoa flavors. This is basically where you’ll stay until you burn your fingertips.

As the filler warms and a tight mottled white and gray ash begins to form behind a perfect burn you taste the cigar nuance between the cinnamon spice notes of the wrapper and the complex flavors of coffee and cocoa present in the medium-bodied filler. The aroma of the Padron is toasty, woody and mellow with an earthy tobacco smell. Dave probably put it best when he wrote that the Padron smells like a very good cigar even before it is lit.

We 3 Regular Guys aren’t biased –Padron has earned its spot at the crest of our favorite cigars lists. From taste and aroma on down to consistency and value we try hard to beat the Padron but we haven’t yet. And if you want a Padron that has the curb appeal to match the flavor –easy, they’re called Padron Anniversarios. We’d love to write about those for you a little further down the road.

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8 Comments:

  • At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Scott M. Drake -3rd Regular Guy said…

    I like this review, because I like this cigar -a lot. However, it does sound rather pro-Padron, so out of objectivity and fairness it might make sense to smoke a few more of these to validate our conclusions. Just my take.

     
  • At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well done! I linked you to my site.

     
  • At 12:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ..and these Padrons are a bit too citrus for my taste. Very well made but a bit tart. The 1964's and '26's are marvelous. These leave a little to be desired...still a decent smoke though =)

     
  • At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    After reading this eloquent description of the joy of smoking cigars and this particular brand in particular...I bought some...you were not wrong. An elegant smoke, cool and full flavoured, perfect!

     
  • At 5:18 PM, Anonymous Scott M. Drake said…

    Nathan, I just had to drop another comment to tell you that I've heard quite a few folks say that Padrons to them are a bit citrusy. It's more subtle to me, but you've definitely got a point and you're not alone. More Padrons for me though!

     
  • At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In all fairness,the construction of the cap is the only downfall of the Padron.They often come undone after the cut.Remains my favorite cigar however due to taste.

     
  • At 1:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    A fair comment about the Padron cap but use a "V" cutter solves the problem nicely

     
  • At 7:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    A little bird told me that the Padron Delicias Maduro out in stores now (july 08) is exceptional. Apparently Padron ran out of their 1964 serie Maduro wrappers and in turn used the maduro wrappers from the a926 Serie. The end product is said to compare to a 40th Anniversary or a Padon Family reserve which you can only get if a member of the family is at the event. I held an unlit one up against my family reserve in my humidor and the only difference i could sense was the Family reserve seemed more aged. Not by much, maybe 6-9 months more. a nice peppery, earthy aroma is present in the presmoke.

    Enjoy

     

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