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