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Friday
Jan132012

Review: Padilla Signature 1932 Robusto (2007)

Background

The Padilla Signature 1932 Series was released in 2006 in honor of the birth year of Ernesto Padilla's father, Herberto Padilla. The original blend was the collaborative effort of Ernest Padilla and Don Pepin Garcia and the cigars were rolled in Pepin's Miami factory. In 2008, however, Padilla moved production to his own factory. Many feel the blend changed and have blogged on the subject. Ben from the Nice Tight Ash blog, recently appeared on the podcast and has a great comparison of the old and new blend here.

I was introduced to the 1932 Series when a local shop pulled a dozen or more boxes of the Robusto and Toro from out back and marked them down about 40% from MSRP. Box dates were from 2007 and upon trying one of the plume covered beauties, I immediately bought more than one box. That was almost a year ago and the Robusto I am going to smoke for this review is my last one. Let's get to burning!

Stogie Stats

Origin: Florida, USA
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Nicaragua Criollo
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo
Strength: Medium/Full
Vitola: Robusto
Size: 5 x 50
Age: Five Years
MSRP: About $12.00 (you can often find them for a lot less)

Review

The Padilla Signature 1932 Robusto is an attractive looking stick with its dark caramel wrapper and ornate gold and brown band. The wrapper has a earthy and spicy scent as does the prelight draw. The cigar is evenly filler but the wrapper is thin and delicate.

After toasting the foot, the initial draw provides that Don Pepin signature spice he is so well known for. The flavor profile quickly settles into some well balanced leather, cedar, and spice (maybe cinnamon?). The finish is long and clean. The burn is good and draw perfect. The cigar is producing a fair amount of smoke that smells incredible. The ash is a jagged and ugly as sin but holds for about an inch and a half before falling.

At the start of the second third, the flavors become less strong and I am able detect the addition of some nuts to the profile. There is less leather but the cedar and spice remain. The strength of the cigar is a solid medium with the body moving into the medium/full range. The burn and draw remain fantastic. At the halfway mark, the finish become very creamy with a slight amount of sweetness on it. Absolutely delicious!

The last third really shines. The sweet creamy finish continues and the flavors just meld together perfectly. I can detect some coffee now mixed in with the cedar, nuts, and spice. The burn and draw do not falter and I nub my last Padilla Signature 1932 Robusto in under an hour.

Conclusion

I am not going to lie, the original Padilla Signature 1932 is a personal favorite. It is smooth, balanced, complex, and fits the flavor profile I typically enjoy during the mid day hours. In the end I wish I had bought more when I had the chance. I have given several away to friends and colleagues over the last several months and everyone has enjoyed them immensely. In conclusion, I am going to give the Padilla Signature 1932 Robusto a Stogie Geeks Rating of "The Oasis" with only one caveat. Buy the Toro if given the choice. It is just as good as the Robusto but longer. Unfortunately, those are also long gone from my humidor.

Tuesday
Dec062011

Review: Paul Garmirian Reserva Exclusiva Corona Extra

Background

After spending the better part of today working around the house, I decided to take a break while it was still above freezing outside. I reached into my humidor and pulled out a Paul Garmirian Reserva Exclusiva Corona Extra which Paul had given me the last time we recorded the podcast. I have had a few P.G. cigars in the past but I am not familiar with the Reserva Exclusiva line. The following expert is taking directly from http://www.pgcigars.com/.

Medium to full bodied, smooth and simply delicious, the richness of this cigar can be attributed to its very old and aged fillers, binder and wrapper. Packed with complex flavors and aromas, the "R.E." has achieved great recognition among the elite of cigar connoisseurs. An exceptional cigar from 10 year old tobaccos. The R.E. is the same retail price as the PG as a chance for PG fans to enjoy something truly special.

Let's get to burning this baby!

Stogie Stats

Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Strength: Medium
Vitola: Corona Extra
Size: 5 1/2 x 46
Age: More than one year
MSRP: Box of 25 - $250.00

Review

The cigar is uniformly firm and light brown in color. There is a single vein down the front and the wrapper appears to very thin and delicate. The wrapper is peeling slightly in one spot but this could very likely be due to mishandling. The stick has a rich tobacco scent with some spice on the foot. The pre-light draw offers the same in terms if flavor.

The initial draw offers a fantastic amount of smooth smoke. Flavors start with wood and mild spice. A great beginning to a much needed smoke! The burn is fast and very jagged. This doesn't seem to affect the draw which is perfect or the solid light grey ash which is holding for about an inch. The strength is a solid medium at this point which is perfect since I only had a light lunch. I am really digging the end of the first third as some sweetness creeps in and their is the addition of a nice creamy finish. Thus far the P.G. Reserva Exclusiva is impressing me which is a pleasant surprise.

The second third comes quickly as this stick is still burning fast, but there seems to be no harshness or bitterness, so I cannot complain. I am picking up some earth, spice, and pepper now. There is a fair amount of nuttiness that is coming and going. The sweetness and creamy finish are completely gone and I am enjoying the ride. The burn remains jagged mostly due to the continued wrapper issues but the ash continues to hold and the draw remains fantastic.

The last third begins with more wrapper issues as I attempt to remove the first band and I tear the wrapper in the process. I forgive myself quickly as I am really digging the smoke. The creamy finish is back and the spice and pepper seem to be fading. I am picking up some oak and nuts with a little leather now. The creaminess doesn't last long before moving into a superb toastiness that just seems to fit with holiday mood this time of the year. The draw never falters and I nub this stick in under 45 minutes which is ok with me since the temperature outside is dropping fast and my fingers are numb.

Conclusion

This was the perfect choice for a early afternoon quick smoke. It really hit the spot and honestly it is the best cigar I have had all week. Lots of complex and smooth flavors that are reminiscent of the flavor profile of many Cubans I have had. While the wrapper did have some issues, it seemed to not interfere with the exquisite experience of smoking this cigar. Consequently, this cigar earns the Stogie Geeks Rating of "The Oasis". I will be day dreaming about this stick for quite some time and I can assure you that I'll be hitting up Paul for more!