I am not one to bet often, but when I make a wager I tend to be one lucky son of a bitch. Case in point the smoke of the day. About 2 weeks ago the New York Islanders were playing the Buffalo Sabres, and I decided to make a friendly bet with @BradinBuffalo on Twitter. The winner of the wager would get a 5 pack of smokes from the loser. To be honest, I thought I had no chance in hell at winning the bet but with my team, the Islanders being the worst in the NHL I had to do something to make the game interesting. To make matters worst, one of the Islanders best defensemen was to start serving a 5 game suspension and the captain at the time was held out pending a trade that would eventually send him to the Pittsburgh Penguins. So with that said and done, Brad I thank you for being a sucker placing the friendly bet and the great smoke.
Cigar: Padilla Signature 1932 Oscuro
Size: 7 x 48
Origin: Little Havana, Miami, Florida
Wrapper: Oscuro Limitado Maduro
Appearance & Construction (19/20): This dark wrapper has a little bit of tooth to it, a nice amount of oils and a seamless roll. Holding it reveals a nice weight and no soft spots. The cigar has two bands on it, one of them being a batch number, as well as the Padilla 1932 wrapper of brown, gold, red and a touch of orange.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): Before I lit the cigar it offered notes of dark chocolate with a hint of hazelnut on the foot as well as the draw. On the initial light we get notes of pepper which slowly faded revealing notes of earth and nuts. There is also a note in the background that had me stumped. As we work through the 2nd third of the stick the note that had me stumped has disappeared and will proceed to drive me crazy. The notes in this portion of the stick are earth, mild coffee, and nuts. As we finish the final third of the smoke, that undefined note returns. The cigar has a nice earthy finish with some dark chocolate mixed in for good measure.
Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): There is a slight jagged edge to the burn line, and you can see the oils on the cigar as you smoke the stick. The ash is a medium gray color and holds on fairly well. The draw offers a slight resistance but not to the point where it becomes annoying.
Overall (23/25): These cigars are hard to find so I thank Brad once again for the opportunity to smoke one. It was an enjoyable smoke albeit annoying since there was a note I could not identify. Would I call this my favorite Padilla to date? Yes and No. The cigar is so incredibly different then the regular lines out there that it stands out making it a nice experience. If you enjoy Padilla cigars I would suggest giving this one a try if you want to change up the flavor profile while keeping the quality.