Recently while attending the Big Smoke NYC (you can read my recap of the trip here), I got a chance to drop by the Padilla booth. They were giving out samples of one of the new cigars, the Padilla Reserva Maduro. Much like the Padilla Reserva Habano (reviewed here), the new Padilla Reserva Maduro is being made by Oliva. It features a Mexican San Andres wrapper with the same blend of Nicaraguan binders and fillers. The new Reserva and Reserva Maduro are part of Padilla’s efforts to get back on B&M shelves. You can also check out my review of the Padilla Invictus (review here) and the Padilla Miami Maduro (review here) two of Padilla’s other new lines.
Size: 5 3/4 x 50
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Padilla Reserva Maduro Toro 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 is in a red theme with gold patterns and says Padilla in gold, and Reserva Maduro below, in white. The wrapper itself is a medium brown, close to milk chocolate in color with plenty of veins and a nice rich oil to it. It is topped off with a nice generous cap, and feels firm in hand.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Padilla Reserva Maduro Toro has notes of a rich chocolate, coffee, and a lithe wood to it. The foot has a scent which is made up of dark espresso, coffee, wood, earth, and a nice little spice to it. The cold draw has notes of spice, coffee, oak, and a little grass.
Smoking Characteristics: The Padilla Reserva Maduro Toro kicks off with a nice mix of spice, pepper, oak spice, and a little espresso on the first few draws. The blend of spice easily establishes the power in the medium to full range right off the bat. Also the initial draws leave a very pleasant blend of chocolate and coffee lingering on the palate. During the first third, the spice fades, becoming more of an undertone. The sweet chocolate and espresso flavors start to dominate and are complimented with a nice blend of oak and earth. The draw is excellent, providing a nice full body of the smooth, cool, rich, sweet smoke.
Into the second third of the Padilla Reserva Maduro Toro, the spice starts to emerge more strongly in the flavor profile again. Each draw is starts to coat the roof of the mouth, then finishes on the tongue on exhale. The notes of espresso still remain strongly, but the chocolate has taken on a bittersweet tone now. The oak and earthy flavors have become undertones and are now much less present. The strength has remained in the medium to full range, not really increasing at all in this third. The ash holds firmly, well past the inch point, and the burn has required no touch ups at all, remaining extremely sharp.
During the final third of the Padilla Reserva Maduro Toro, the spice still dominates the flavor profile along with notes of espresso and bittersweet chocolate. The oak and earthy tones are now quite subdued, mostly playing on the palate slightly between draws along with a rich chocolate and espresso blend. The draw is still quite excellent, easily providing a full body of the rich, smooth, cool smoke. The ash still holds very firmly, easily past the inch point, and the burn remains retains its nearly surgical sharpness. The strength remains in the medium to full range, with a nice satisfying buzz settling in while smoking. I smoke the Padilla Reserva Maduro Toro to the nub without it souring or pulling any heat.
Conclusion: The Padilla Reserva Maduro Toro makes a strong case for the San Andres Maduro wrapper. Before actually smoking a sample for review I smoked about 6 of these for pleasure and can’t get enough of them now. I truly enjoy the rich blend of espresso, dark chocolate, lingering spice, and oak. The construction on these is just fantastic, out of the nearly half box I’ve smoked now I haven’t had one with a poor burn or draw. In my opinion the Padilla Reserva Maduro Toro is not just worth trying out, but is easily box worthy!