Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : $24 / 5-pack
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The Padilla family has been a cornerstone in the cigar industry for many years. The family history has been featured in many write-ups and websites. From their factories in Miami and Nicaragua, they have created great cigars such as the Signature 1932, the Serie 68, the Miami 9/11, and today’s featured cigar the Padilla Cazadores. This review will focus on the Cazadores Robusto.
The Cazadores Robusto features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper which looks like milk chocolate in color. The cigar is very soft to the touch, and it has an oily feel to the touch. No oily sheen is observed. The wrapper had a fresh hay and sweet scent to it; the foot of the cigar had a noticeable fresh hay smell.
The band was fairly ornate done using red, gold, and black colors; two seals featuring the “P” which is the trademark of the Padilla cigar were part of the band. One of the Ps was larger than the other one. One issue with the band was that the smaller seal was right on top of the seam of the band which made it difficult to remove without tearing the band.
Three large veins were observed running the length of the cigar. Three soft spots were also noticed: two towards the middle of the cigar and one right on top of the big “P.”
Once lighted up, the cigar had an uneven burn, and once the ash got to the second third of the cigar, a large hole was observed in the ash (see picture). Either the cigar was rolled improperly, or not enough filler tobacco was used in the construction of the cigar.
The dark-grey ash got to about an inch before it had to be tapped off. The ash seemed fairly loose, and towards the last third of the cigar, it became fairly flaky.
The draw was very easy; I think a bit too easy which may be the result of not enough filler tobacco.
On pre-light, the cigar tasted spicy to the tongue, and it featured a fresh hay/barn taste on the draw.
After lighting the cigar, the cigar had a woody and sweet notes on the retrohale which were very pleasant. Towards the second third of the cigar, leathery notes were perceived. The cigar also had a fairly long finish.
The smoke was abundant, and it seemed to linger for a while.
Unfortunately, towards the last third of the cigar, a hint of ammonia was detected. The cigar was dry-purged to see if the ammonia taste could be removed, but it did not help. The ammonia was not unbearable, but it was definitely a part of the flavor profile.
For less than $5.00/cigar, this is not a bad purchase. However, the cigar had some quality issues which diminished the value of the cigar. In this price range, there are a significant number of cigars that would be a better value with less flaws. Even with the flaws, this cigar is priced appropriately.
Overall Rating :
From the flavor’s point of view, the cigar had a very nice earthy and sweet flavor profile except towards the end where the ammonia was noticed. From the construction’s perspective, there was the issue with the soft spots and the hole towards the second third of the cigar.
To me, this was not the best Padilla cigar that I have smoked. Would I recommend it? Yes, since this could be just one bad cigar out of the bunch. Would I smoke it again? Sure. Just on the Padilla name alone, I know that the next Cazadores Robusto will be better than the one I just had - hopefully.