Padron 4000 Natural – Cigar Review
When it comes to Nicaraguan Tobacco, arguably the biggest name is Padron. Since 1964, they have crafted some of the finest, and highest quality cigars on the market. The regular series of Padron, sometimes known as the “numbered series”, are crafted with sun grown tobacco which has been aged for a minimum of two and a half years. The regular series is sometimes overlooked in the favor of the Family reserve or the 1964 or 1926 series of Padron, yet, they are certainly fine smokes. The regular series of Padron is available in several different sizes and comes in both a natural and maduro variety, sold in 26 count boxes. Today I am reviewing the Padron 4000 Natural, which is a 6 1/2 x 54.
Size: 6 1/2 x 54
Strength: Medium (Medium to Full towards the end)
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
Construction and Appearance: The Padron 4000 Natural features a single, very simple, classic looking band. The band is a dark brown with white writing which says “PADRON” on top, hand made on bottom and “IMPORTADO” on the sides. The wrapper is a dark, fairly consistent brown with a very slight reddish hue. There are a fair amount of veins, and a bit of oil to it as well. The construction is very seamless, and there are no soft spots that I can detect. The cap on the Padron 4000 Natural is a very flat single cap, which looks well applied.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Padron 4000 Natural has notes of hay and a sweet natural tobacco. The foot has a smiler scent, with a bit of hay, sweet tobacco, and a little added coffee scent. To prepare smoking the Padron 4000 Natural I choose a straight cut and on the cold draw there is the flavor of nuts, natural tobacco, hay, and a sweet herbal note.
Smoking Characteristics: The Padron 4000 Natural kicks off with a rich blend of nuts, natural tobacco, hay, wood, and a light spice to it. The draw is excellent with the perfect resistance, easily providing a full body of smooth, cool, rich smoke. After each draw a little bit of nuts, spice, and wood lingers on the palate providing a nice finish. During the first third there is also a bit of a slightly sweet graham cracker flavor which fades in and out of the profile along with a bit of an earthy flavor. The burn in the first third is a little uneven, but doesn’t require any corrections. The strength in the first third is a nice solid medium.
Into the second third of the Padron 4000 Natural, the rich blend of nuts, hay, spice, natural tobacco, earth, and slight sweet graham cracker flavor. In this third the wood becomes more defined as a rich oak. The burn in this third sharpens up quite a bit and becomes very even. The ash holds firmly, well past the inch point. The draw remains excellent, easily providing a very full body of smoke. After each draw a little bit of oak, earth, and spices remains on the palate for a enjoyable finish.
During the final third of the Padron 4000 Natural, the flavor remains the same as the first except a little bit of leather has joined the blend as well. The notes of nuts, hay, spice, natural tobacco, earth, oak, and slightly sweet graham cracker all remain. The new leather blends well into the flavor profile, yet the flavor seems a little bit flatter than the first and second third. The strength in this third picks up into the medium to full range. Towards the nub it becomes a bit softer, but the smoke still remains very cool, and the Padron 4000 Natural finishes well.
Conclusion: I enjoy how the Padron 4000 Natural performs. The flavor is straight forward, but very enjoyable, and finishes very well. The construction is excellent, with no corrections being required for either the burn, draw, or ash. If you haven’t tried a Padron yet, it is about time you do.