Guest Review: Padilla Achilles Salomon LE 2006

Padilla Achilles LE 2006

Origin : USA
Format : Salomon
Size : 7 x 58
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo / Criollo
Binder : Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic
Filler : Nicaragua
Strength : Medium
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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Pre-Smoke

Scent of Wrapper : Grassy.
Scent at Foot : Cedar.
Appearance : A few veins with a slight oily sheen
Wrapper : Very nice Corojo wrapper with an oily look and small veins throughout cigar.
Feel : Firm / Tight.
Tongue : Leathery.
Flavor on Draw : Earthy with hints of cedar.

Smoke

Taste : Slight pepper, smooth vanilla.
Flavor Changes : The flavor was constant throughout the entire cigar except near the nub I picked up a little more vanilla.
Strength : I would say a Medium smoke.
Feeling : For the price of this line you can't go wrong. Depending on the size they run from as low as $2.45 box of 20 = $50.00 or the Salamon size I did the review on are 10 for $55.00. I was a little apprehensive when thinking of trying it but will not hesitate to recommend someone to try.
Scent of Smoke : I really could not notice anything.
Heat on Fingers and in Mouth : None
Draw : Starting out with this shape I thought it would be just fine and it was a great draw.
Finish : This smoke picked up slightly and started tasting more wood, nuts and earth. The leather was starting to fade.
Other Aspects of the Cigar Smoking Experience : The burn, draw, construction and taste of this smoke were all very good.
Make any notes beyond what you noted already : The only down point of the cigar is that there were only a few thousand made and when they run out they will be gone. This is my understanding. What a shame. I may have to get a box and let them rest.

I would rate this cigar as a "Very Good Cigar." 8/10

Padilla Miami Lancero

Padilla Miami Lancero

Origin : USAPadilla cigars
Format : Lancero
Size : 7.50 x 42
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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The cigars for this review were kindly provided by CigarsDirect.com, your source for premium cigars.

This review concerns the new Padilla Miami, rolled at the Fabrica de Tobacos de Padilla in Miami. It sports a new band (you can see the old band in Jerry’s review) but it seems like the blend hasn’t changed and the moving was caused by Padilla’s desire to reduce costs by controlling the production (Don Pepin Garcia, the previous blender, being quite busy with other cigars might have also played its role). I haven’t tried the old blend so I will not be able to compare the two – consider it as a regular review.

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Padilla Series ’68 Toro

Padilla Series ’68 Toro

Origin : HondurasPadilla cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6.0″ x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan and Honduran
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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Like the Padilla Signature 1932, the Series ’68 is another tribute to Ernesto Padilla’s father Heberto. In my review of the Signature I mentioned that Heberto Padilla was a Cuban poet and linked to a profile of him that was written by Cigarfan at The Keepers of the Flame. Where the Signature 1932 celebrated Ernesto’s father’s birthday, the Series ’68 commemorates the year his father was placed under house arrest for his series of poetry that was very critical of the Castro regime in Cuba. It is a limited edition cigar with only 100,000 cigars produced. The Series ’68 has another unique attribute. It is made in Honduras. As far as I know all the other Padilla cigars are made in Nicaragua and Miami. The Series ’68 is made for Padilla by Flores Tobacco in Honduras. Made mostly of Nicaraguan tobacco, it does contain some Honduran tobacco in the filler.

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Padilla Miami 8/11 Churchill

Padillia Miami 8/11 Churchill

Origin : NicaraguaPadilla cigars
Format : Churchill
Size : 7.0″ x 48
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan Criollo and Corojo
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
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The Padilla Miami 8/11 is arguably the cigar responsible for putting Ernesto Padilla on the cigar map. And why not, he picked a master blender to make it for him. At the time this master tobacco blender wasn’t well known. He had a small factory in Miami that employed just 12 rollers. This man would quickly become the hottest name in cigars. That’s right, the Padilla Miami 8/11 was made by Jose “Pepin” Garcia. The 8/11 in the name denotes location of Pepin's factory near the corner of 8th and 11th in Miami. I did say “was made” because Ernesto and Pepin have recently parted ways, and now Pepin no longer makes any cigars for Padilla as Pepin’s business has continued to explode and he had to devote more resources towards maintaining his own products. That means the Miami 8/11 as it has existed is going away so if you are a fan, you will want to buy up as much of these as you can because the Pepin Garcia version of this stick will no longer be produced.

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Padilla Signature 1932 Torpedo

Padilla Signature 1932 Torpdeo

Origin : NicaraguaPadilla Signature 1932
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6.5″ x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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The cigar I am reviewing today is yet another Patriarchal tribute (see my review of Perdomo’s Edición de Silvio). The Padilla Signature 1932 is Ernesto Padilla’s tribute to his late father, the Cuban poet Heberto Padilla. The Keepers of the Flame have a great profile of Heberto that is very interesting and worth the read. Be sure to go check it out. Just click Heberto’s name above. Ernesto trusted the making of this blend to none other than the greatest cigar maker of the current age, Don Jose “Pepin” Garcia.

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Padilla Signature 1932 Robusto

Padilla Signature 1932 Robusto

This review was submitted by Lucky7 from Keepers of the Flame.
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Padilla Signature 1932Origin : USA
Format : Robusto
Size : 127 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Hand-Made
Other vitola sizes available :
- La Perla 4.5 x 40 (petit corona)
- Corona Gorda 5.625 x 46 (grand corona) (Cigars International Only)
- Toro 6.0 x 50
- Lancero 6.125 x 42 (panatela)
- Torpedo 6.25 x 52 (figurado)
- Churchill 7.0 x 48
Available in boxes of 25 except the La Perla which comes unbanded in cabinets of 50 and is the only vitola produced at the TACUBA facility in Esteli, Nicaragua.
Brand Owner : Ernesto Padilla
Tabacalera : El Rey de los Habanos - Miami, FL
Master Tobaquero : Jose 'Pepin' Garcia
Wrapper : Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Corojo (aged 5 years)
Binder & Filler : Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Criollo
Cigar Aficionado Rating : 88 (February 2007)
Price : $12 MSRP
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I am a fan of Jose Garcia and dare not miss an opportunity to smoke one of his creations. He is tops in my book. A friend gifted me one of these early this year and I have been stocking them ever since. Incredibly, an online vendor ran a special in mid-November for a Padilla sampler where I was able to pick these up for $3.55 a stick (including shipping). An absolutely absurd price considering MSRP is now $12 US! Couldn't pass it up.

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