The brotherhood of the leaf is something that is not comprehended by those outside our community. We get together at local B&Ms where we bullshit, trade stories, laugh, and exchange cigars. One such place that this happens more than not is Barrister Cigars. This past Tuesday I gave a friend an illusione 88, and Michael returned the favor with today’s smoke. Now don’t get me wrong, when I gift a cigar or a lighter I don’t expect something in return, but it is nice when the person gifts you with a smoke for review on your site.
Cigar: Padilla Signature 1932
Size: 6 x 50 (Toro)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo
Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo
Appearance & Construction (17/20): Crafted in the Cuban style is the words used to described this cigar. There is a triple cap adorning this smoke, and this toothy cigar features a wrapper with a lot of prominent veins. The wrapper had visible cut marks on the leaf and quite a few blemishes which is poor craftsmanship. The cigar itself is tightly rolled and has a great weight to it. The label is an eye catching red, back, brown and gold. On one side of the logo is says Cuban crafted, while on the other side it mentions Little Havana in Miami, Florida. The final third of the cigar has notes of leather and spice.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): The prelight flavors on this smoke are of caramel and offer a distinct richness that I consider to be the Padilla trademark. The first third of the smoke offers notes of caramel, leather and spices that come together to create a very relaxing beginning to this cigar. As we reach the second third of the smoke there are some notes of vanilla mixed in with the caramel and leather and through the nose there are some nice toast like notes on this very complex cigar. The finish of this smoke was very rich with notes of caramel.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): The burn of this cigar is nice and slow as well as being perfectly straight. The ash is a very dark ash, that holds on very strong. I managed to keep my ash almost half the cigar before I lost it to the floor. The draw offered some slight resistance which was very acceptable.
Overall (22/25): This cigar has some characteristics of Cuban smokes, and its complex flavor profile will keep you coming back for more. So far my favorite smoke from the Padilla family, and something I will smoke on a regular basis despite the price tag.
Price: $280 a box of 25 from Cigars Direct