When opposites collide is the best way to sum up the meeting of Smoke Inn & Padron. In one corner stands Abe “MING” Dababneh who learned the power of social media and bloggers with the release of the Tatuaje Anarchy. In the other corner stands Padron , who has yet to embrace the power of bloggers and social media while continuing to rely on out-dated print publications thato are no longer in touch with today’s smoker. Perhaps this is why Padron went from being my benchmark cigar to getting lost on the shelves of my local tobacconists. Out of site, out of mind.
According to the press release sent out by Abe, “In commemoration of our 15th Anniversary this year, we commissioned the Padron Family to make a special size exclusively for our stores. Jorge Padron’s face lit up when we told him our idea of a 6×60 Anniversary Cigar. What’s better than a Padron Anniversary Cigar, A BIGGER Padron Anniversary Cigar! This monster stick bellows smoke like a chimney. The sheer amount of tobacco used in this cigar creates a bold experience differing from the other vitolas in this line. All tobacco used in this limited production series is aged for four years, creating a smooth and complex flavor. There was less than 500 boxes produced of this limited edition, so don’t waste a second and get a part of cigar history today! ”
We review the Natural on March 31st, and today we offer our opinion on the Maduro.
Cigar: Padron 1964 Anniversary SI-15
Size: 6 x 60
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Appearance and Construction: Sometimes with a Padron it is very hard to tell the difference between the Maduro and Nautral wrappers by eye. That is not the case with the SI-15 as the Maduro, is very Maduro. A dark chocolate wrapper that is imperfection free adorns the 1964 series and is rolled to absolute perfection. The cigar is heavy in the and and the foot of the cigar reveals a nice bunching with the darker tobacco creating a center swirl. Studying the wrapper closely there are some magnesium spots present which is usually the sign of good things to come. Between the fingers there are no soft spots to speak of.
Flavor & Notes: Prior to cutting the foot I made like a bloodhound and got a good scent of strong cedar to the nose with a faint hint of earth lingering. Once the cap was clipped with my Xikar scissors I was treated to a draw that consisted of cedar, earth and a first, eucalyptus. Once lit the notes are tradition Padron, although slightly muted due to the size. The first third consists of leather as the canvas with a sprinkling of wood, cocoa and a slight spice through the nose. As we enter the second third, the Padron SI-15 Maduro becomes a bit sweeter. The leather canvas slowly fades and the notes of cocoa begin to shy with a touch of espresso and a slight cedar on the finish. The final third continues to serve up notes and cocoa with a slight spice on the long enjoyable finish.
Smoking Characteristics: Like the natural this cigar produces some amazing volume of smoke. Make sure when you do smoke it that you are in a well ventilated are. The burn line of the Padron 1964 Anniversary SI-15 is crisp, but it did burn slightly uneven at an angle. I used my last match to light the cigar, so thankfully it never needed to be touched up. The ash held on for each third dropping off just before or after I took a picture. The draw was idea and the smoke had a nice cedar like aroma.
Conclusion: The Maduro didn’t smoke like a 60 ring. The notes of the cigar popped, and it didn’t feel as big as the Natural. This had to be a subconscious thing as they were identical in size. Normally I reach for the Natural in the cigar, but the Maduro was just incredible. As a person who doesn’t reach for a 60 ring by choice I would definitely smoke this again which shocks me.
Price: $18.50 From Smoke Inn