Cigar Review: Padron TAA Maduro

Trying to track down information on today’s cigar turned out to be a chore. From what I can tell the Padron TAA was made exclusively for 40 stores that make up the Tobacco Association of America of which Uptown Cigar Company is a member. While not on their website I believe they still have these sticks in stock.

So being that it has been a long time since I smoked a Padron 1964 and once considered them to be a favorite of mine. I am curious to see how much my palate has changed since the time where I considered the Padron Principe my benchmark cigar. Sadly though this cigar review is based on a single stick and one should take that into consideration when reading it.

Cigar: Padron Series 1964 TAA
Size: 5 x 52
Wrapper: Maduro (Nicaragua)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium
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Padron Anniversary Series 1964 TAA Maduro

Padron Anniversary Series 1964 TAA Maduro

Appearance and Construction: When it comes to a box pressed cigar Padron sets the bar with the Anniversary lines. Seamless, without creases and a great feel this is what a box pressed cigar should be. The dark Maduro wrapper has an abundance of oils and the thinnest of veins present. The stick itself is well packed with no soft spots and a nice solid weight to it. The band is a dual band with the Padron logo and a secondary anti-counterfeiting band that is individually numbered.

Flavor & Notes: The prelight draw of the Padron TAA Anniversary 1964 served up crisp cedar notes and a slight earth, while through the nose offered a subtle sweetness along with an inviting tobacco scent. Once lit up the cigar welcomes me back home to the cigars that I fell in love with while embracing the hobby of cigar smoking. The luxurious feeling one gets with a Padron cigar is event from the get go. An exquisite spice with cedar notes start out the first third before allowing some subtle mocha notes join the party. As we went the second third of the smoke the notes of mocha really begin to take hold with cedar almost enveloping the the flavor while the spice becomes subtle in the background of this delicious smoke. The final third of the cigar notes of cedar take charge with a some cocoa and spice thrown in as well. The cigar had a nice bread like finish.

Smoking Characteristics: I’ve never had a Padron with a bad draw which I find amazing giving how box pressed these cigars are and this one was no different. The superb draw produced a lot of smoke that was dense that kept me occupied blowing smoke ring after smoke ring. The light color ash had some minimal flake and held on for half the cigar before I chose to ash and the burn was as even as they come with the thinnest of carbon lines.

Conclusion: While the Anniversary cigars are no longer my benchmark cigar and to be honest with you I no longer have one I realize how much I have missed the old friend. I was sadly disappointed when the stick was finished and contemplated lighting up another one in a different vitola but instead I chose to reminisce in the hour and a half it took to smoke. It also made me realize I need to smoke these again on a regular basis.

Rating: 96
Price: $14.00 per stick