Padilla Miami Maduro Robusto – Cigar Review

The Padilla Miami Maduro, rolled in the El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami, Florida is one of the new limited releases from Padilla Cigars. What do I mean by limited? Only 100 accounts are slated to carry them and there are only three sizes produced. Production is set at 100 boxes of each size every 2 months. There are actually two new limited releases, the other being the Padilla Invictus. I am reviewing the Padilla Miami Maduro Robusto today. This sample was given to me by the gracious folks at A Time For Wine II in Caesars AC. I visited there recently and you can see my trip review of the visit here.

Size: 5 x 54
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium to Full
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Construction and Appearance: The Padilla Miami Maduro Robusto has two bands on it, the main band has a lion head on it with the Padilla logo. The color scheme is an attractive gold, red, and black. The second band says Padilla Miami Maduro in black on a gold background. The wrapper is a medium brown and actually slightly red in coloration, which is a bit unusual for a maduro wrapper. It also has some nice oil to it, but is quite veiny with a triple cap.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Padilla Miami Maduro Robusto has notes of hay, cocoa, and cedar. The foot has the scent of leather, cocoa, hay, wood, and spice. To prepare smoking the Padilla Miami Maduro Robusto I use a straight cut and there are flavors of chocolate, cedar, and hay on the cold draw.

Smoking Characteristics: The Padilla Miami Maduro Robusto opens up with a draw which is a bit tight, yet provides a medium to full body of smoke. In the first third, there are flavors of wood, spice, cocoa, and a roasted nutty flavor. After a couple puffs, a bit of a sweet cedar joins the profile. There is also a nice sweet sugar cane finish on the palate with pepper fading in and out of the smoking profile. The strength in this third is around medium to full.

Into the second third of the Padilla Miami Maduro Robusto, there is a pronounced flavor shift. The roasted flavors become a bit charred, the cocoa becomes more of a milk chocolate, and the finish changes from sugar cane to a cocoa. The flavors are still that of a typical maduro profile with the cedar and wood still remaining in the profile, but the spices and pepper fade out. The draw improves slightly and the body of smoke becomes full. The ash is firm, easily holding to the inch point, with a sharp burn line that requires no attention.

Into the final third, the cedar becomes a bit richer, but the rest of the flavors remain consistent. Notes of milk chocolate, and charred wood dominate the profile. The draw finally opens up, fully providing a really rich, full, cool body of smoke. The construction remains fantastic with the ash holding firmly and the burn line sharp.

Conclusion:  I honestly haven’t smoked many Padilla cigars in the past, so I went into this review with a very open mind. I enjoyed the flavors, yet the first third was the most enjoyable. The strength was great, holding at medium to full the entire time. The draw was a bit annoying, but did not restrict the amount of smoke. However, I prefer an easier draw. The construction was exceptional overall, with a solid ash and extremely sharp burn line. Would I buy a box? It is a bit too pricey for my blood, but based on the limited availability, a box might be hard to come by. Yet I’d certainly pick up a few more.

Rating: 88

MSRP: $12.00