The urge to smoke came late tonight so I decided to kill two birds with one stone. I had a couple of these Padilla Series ’68 in the past but never got around to posting a review. So with twitter up and running I decided to chat with some other cigar bloggers and review the series ’68.
Padilla Series 68 cigars was created to commemorate 1968, the year that Jose Padilla’s father, Herberto, was arrested for publishing a collection of poetry critical of Castro’s communist regime.
Cigar: Padilla Series ’68
Origin: Miami, USA
Size: Robusto (5 x 50)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo & Criollo
Appearance & Construction (17/20): Padilla took one from Padrons book when you look at the label of this cigar. It features a double band with one of them sporting a batch number. The cigar has some nice color with minimal veins and an expert roll. The triple cap is well placed. The cigar itself however feels a little bit light and at the foot it looks a little loose. The wrapper looks a little dry, but not brittle.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): There are some notes on this cigar during the prelight phase that remind me of lemons. Upon the light there are some sweet notes that continue to remind me of a lemon extract. After about an inch this fades away and you are left with some spices and earth. As we approach the second third of the smoke the notes of earth remain with some subtle coffee mixed in as well. The final third of the cigar the notes remain earth with some subtle coffee.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): You can see the oils running away from the heat on this perfect burn. The ash is strong and a medium gray in color. The draw a little loose and it makes this a quicker smoke then most robusto cigars. I am not complaining though, as this cigar wins the Ashy award for “The Perfect Burn”. Maybe I should talk to other cigar bloggers and we can give out Ashy Awards like Oscars for cigars.
Overall (23/25): This cigar really hit the spot. I was really satisfied after my smoke, and despite the strange lemon like notes to start this was a nice smoke with the right about of depth and character to quench my thirst. The price point does not hurt the wallet which is a very good thing.