There is so much one can write about Padilla Cigars that is both positive and negative. For the aspect of this review we will keep in positive… for the most part. Originally made by Pepin, the source of Padilla Cigars bounced around more than a Mexican Jumping Bean. Cigars that were loved by the consumer were no longer available due to changes and despite this Padilla continues to land on his feet by producing good cigars. Things seem to be good for Ernesto Padilla now and despite some delays in the releasing of new product he is back on track to make a new impression on cigar smokers.
On Twitter lately there has been a buzz about the new Padilla La Terraza and it took a few phone calls to track down this budget friendly stick. Available in both a Brazilian Maduro and Nicaraguan Habano it can be found for under $80.00 a box regardless of size. La Terreza is named for a famed restaurant in Cuba in Cojimar. The restaurant was visited by Hemingway where he met Anselmo Hernández. From this meeting the great American author/journalist was inspired to write, “Old Man and the Sea”. The restaurant is still in business today and considered a tourist attraction while still favored by the locals.
Cigar: Padilla La Terraza Capa Habano 2010
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Nicaragua Habano
Cigars Smoked For Review: 4
Appearance and Construction: The La Terraza Capa Habano from Padilla has a lot of veins present and has some tooth to it. The wrapper has a nice oily sheen and feels a bit rough under the fingers like a fine sandpaper. The cigar is exquisitely rolled right down to a gorgeous triple cap. There is a dual band system in place, the first is black and gold with the classic Padilla signature and the words La Flor de Tobaccos above and La Terraza underneath. The second band ads the color red and denotes Capa Habano Serie 2010.
Flavor & Notes: Once clipped with my Palio Cutter the cold draw served up some notes of mocha and bread. The foot of the cigar has an abundance of mocha and a slight grassy note. The first third of the cigar is inviting with notes of leather, spice, wood and a touch of mocha that creates a nice core. As the second third of the cigar is breached it becomes smoother and the spice begins to develop into a warm cinnamon which compliments the mocha exquisitely Occasionally I am treated to some notes of anise that make me wish I had a cup of strong espresso to compliment the cigar. The last third of the cigar really shines with continued spices dominated by cinnamon notes and espresso with a slight leather finish.
Smoking Characteristics: The draw of the cigar is nearly perfect that may border on being a little loose. The burn is very good even sitting front of the air conditioner on a hot summer day. The burn line was crisp and almost perfect with a sold ash that held for half the cigar and didn’t fall a second time til I put the stick down for good. The aroma of the cigar is enjoyable and at times exceptional.
Conclusion: I love the fact that more and more cigar companies are releasing value cigars that truly deliver and this fits that to a tee. While the cigar starts off not as smooth as I would like it makes the transition fairly quickly. The result is a cigar that sells out fast in many locations so tracking them down has been a bit of a challenge for me. While the score is an 89 you can easily kick it up a point or two if you want to factor price into the equation.
Price: $4.20 a stick/$71.40 a Box @ Uptown Cigars (Call to Order)