Origin : USA
Format : Lancero
Size : 7.50 x 42
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : ~$10 each
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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.
That’s another gorgeous cigar. I very much prefer the new band, it’s both classic and imposing. The wrapper is smooth and oily, with one prominent vein. It has a mixed smell of leather, earth and butter.
No complaints here. The burn line is as straight as you can get (which, according to cigarfan, was not always the case) and the draw allowed for a very pleasant smoking experience.
The pre-draw immediately indicates that this will be a complex smoke. Leather, spice and nuts are the flavors that I expected but upon lighting the cigar developed a strong earthy taste. The smoke is medium-bodied and leaves a sweet aftertaste. Very soon, it starts showing signs of buttery and nutty flavors, barely perceptible. I am surprised at the lack of peppery notes but in the second third the Padilla Miami picks up some serious spice which will be present until the very end, more and more powerful. Overall, I found it to be a very complex smoke, I could perhaps ask for some more creaminess/smoothness, especially in the last third.
In regards to the appearance, the construction and the price, I can easily label it as a premium smoke. As the flavor is also very nice, this is a cigar that even those on a tight cigar budget might want to enjoy on special occasions.
Overall Rating :
I very much enjoyed the Padilla Miami. I’m pretty sure it will suit both medium-bodied and full-bodied cigar aficionados, as the flavor is somewhere in between. If the construction is as consistent as on the samples I smoked for this review, that’s a premium cigar totally worth its price tag.
Photo credit: Richard Cordero