Cigar Review: Padilla Series ’68

Padilla Series '68

Padilla Series '68

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.

Rating: 91
Price: 6.00

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  • matt m

    good review, I’m going to need to find me a couple of these.


  • doc8466

    I just got a 5er of these last week. After letting them sit for a few weeks I’ll fire one up and see if I get this lemon-ness. I’ll be back to let you know!

    Thanks for the review!

  • doc8466

    Well, I saw them sitting in the humi and decided to light one up ahead of schedule. No lemon-ness at all here. It’s rich and mostly woody/earthy. Corojo and Criollo are GREAT together!

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  • Rosomax

    Why am I the only one who dislikes the ’68? I love the 1932 and enjoy the ’48, but ’68 tastes like damp grass to me. The draw is loose, and that flavor gets pleasant maybe for a second third, but then again returns to lamentable damp grass taste.


    Rosomax…you are not the only one who dislikes the ’68. I am very disapointed. I was very excited to try the Padilla’s. Just received a sampler pack and I have 14 more of the Padilla’s to smoke. I hope I will enjoy the others, Miami and Achilles.

  • Sticks

    I like much of what Padilla has to offer but the ’68 was for the most part flavorless. Started out low in the flavor department and went downhill.


    Cranks up the flavor and strength of the ’48 just a notch, keeping it firmly in the medium range — never overpowering, making this Padilla Series ’68 sit, as intended, square in the middle of Ernie’s cigars’ spectrum.

  • Donald

    I finally smoked a ’68 the other day. I have been enoying the hell out of Padilla’s Achilles, and the ’68 went along that same line, except it’s more expensive. ButGod, I love the Corojos!

  • dgrambo

    I smoke these Padilla 68′s most often, even though I have 32′s, Dominus’ and Miami’s, O’plenty. Just a stellar blend thats extremely satisfying. I like the robustos, lanceros and torpedos in that order. Its a fairly simple profile but very unique and like I said, very satisfying to me.

  • mpro

    very disapointing smoke. Rosomax hits it on the head Damp Grass. cigars have an almost greenish raw look. Letting mine sit and age and hoping for the best>

  • Barry

    I think I need to ad, that this review is of the 68 made by a different factory then those that are out now. One of the drawback of Padilla is the constant changing

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