Brand: Padron Country: Nicaragua
Size: Monarca 6 1/2 x 46 Wrapper: Habano
Price: $11.20 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
Part of the attraction to smoking cigars is feeling like you are part of an elite club. Padron seems to understand that because each of these cigars comes with it’s own certficate of authenticity by way of the number on the label. According to the Padron website, this double label system prevents counterfeit cigars. I don’t really know why a counterfeiter couldn’t just throw a random number on there, but hey, it’s better than no number!
What We Liked:
My desire to smoke box-pressed cigars is matched only by my inability to explain why. It seems to result in a more even and sharp burn. Perhaps it’s a more natural shape for the mouth than the typical round cigar, but that doesn’t seem to make any sense. Regardless, I tend to enjoy box-pressed cigars, and the Padron 1964 Anniversary was no different.
The theme of this stick seems to be “sweetness”. A pre-light draw was full of sweet, almost pipe-like tobacco flavors. After lighting, the Padron sings with notes of coffee and a touch of chocolate. To balance the sweetness, there is a bit of spice, predominately in the first third of the smoke, that is just perfect. Couple that deliciousness with the smaller ring gauge of the Monarca and it is easy to find yourself flying through this Anniversary in the blink of an eye.
What We Didn’t Like:
I really liked this cigar. As mentioned above, its a sweet smoke with enough complexity to keep it interesting all the way though. Hmm, where was I going with this? I mentioned all of that as a segue into what I didn’t like, but upon further reflection, there isn’t anything I didn’t like about this cigar except the price. I guess the only bad thing I can say about this Padron is simply that it isn’t as good as some other cigars in the same price range.
Should You Buy/Try It:
Maybe it is my lack of a refined palate, but this cigar simply doesn’t do enough to stand out from other cigars in the similar price range. With the Ashton VSG being a little cheaper and equally flavorful, it is a tough sell. Cigar Aficionado consistently ranks this cigar in their yearly top 25, so you may feel differently. If you are looking to celebrate an Anniversary, or any special occasion, this is certainly a fine cigar for the job.
Interested in trying the Padron 1964? You can purchase it here.