Padilla Series ’68

Padilla Series 68

Origin : NicaraguaPadilla cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 60
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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Now that 2010 is in swing and things have settled down at home, I finally have time to enjoy one of my all-time favorite pastimes – enjoying great, flavorful smokes and sharing that happiness with all my fellow cigar lovers out there. Today we will review the Padilla Series 68 Robusto.

Appearance : ★★★½☆
I would describe the appearance as what you would expect from a cigar manufactured by Tabacalera Aguilar for Ernesto Padilla. Dark brown, a bit uneven, maybe even sandpaper rough to the touch in spots. But that being said, there is something charming in the appearance of this smoke, a tad unrefined that shouts “Hey, this is what I am. Get over it!” There are no significant veins visible but merely hair line cracks in the wrapper, you could say, that add to the overall allure of its appearance.

Construction : ★★★★☆
I will give it this much: the Padilla Series 68 Robusto is pretty solidly made. You can feel it between your fingers, as you give it a gentle roll and squeeze. If you are expecting this cigar to have soft spots like cheap, Cold War era Russian cigarettes, forget about it. These babies are handmade in Nicaragua, and there is a certain old world craftsmanship detectible in the construction, fit, and finish. Whether you are talking about the cap, the wrapper, or the band, it adds up to a sturdy cigar.

Flavor : ★★★★☆
How you perceive taste is personal and subjective, so the flavor this cigar gives off may not be as satisfying as you would expect. For the first third, I would characterize it as mild with a hint of spice on the inhale and the finish of the retrohale. The second third is much the same, but with an unexpected “zing” from mint. I know, as a cigar guy “zing” may not be in your vocab, but you will find it in the flavor of the Padilla Series 68. Now that we are in the home stretch and this cigar is almost done, it finishes with a mild woody flavor – not exactly what I wanted.

Value : ★★★★☆
Padilla Series 68 Robusto cigars sell for about $5 each or $100 for a box of 20. I would have to say that if you can get one for less than $5, then the value proposition starts to go up. This is not a cheap smoke you would get at a corner gas station, but I expected more for the price.

Padilla Series 68

Overall Rating : ★★★½☆
I was never a whiz for math, so let me clear this up right off the bat. There is no magic formula to how I calculate my final overall rating. I do not take the number of stars in the preceding categories and come up with an average. This is more art than science. Based on my experience, I rate this cigar as middle of the road, perhaps even a bit pricey for the overall smoke. If you can snatch one for a buck or so less, then by all means go for it.

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