Origin : USA
Format : Robusto
Size : 127 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
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
More info about purchasing Padilla 1932 cigars...
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.
Evidently Ernesto Padilla can't get enough of these either. I read a funny story about Ernesto's visits to El Rey de los Habanos in Little Havana. Pepin claims they must watch him carefully when he comes to review operations. He is known to snatch up too many cigars from the rolling tables and "smoke the profits" as Pepin tells it. Ernesto is just a cigar lover like you and me. Who can blame him! More on Ernesto and his background can be found in an interview with Doc @ Stogie Fresh.
Introduced in 2006, the Padilla Signature 1932 is a Nicaraguan puro named in tribute to Ernesto's father, the late Heberto Padilla, noted Cuban poet and friend of Ernest Hemingway, who was born in the year 1932. During October 2006 the Robusto, Churchill and Torpedo vitolas were released followed in January 2007 by the Toro. The Lancero, sporting a pigtail cap, was released in February 2007 and the La Perla in late March/early April. The wrapper is a specially fermented and aged (5 years) Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Corojo using Pepin's proprietary family process. Due to the rarity of the wrapper, the production of this cigar is very limited making it a challenge to find.
A stunning cigar wrapped in a dark Corojo with a nice satin-like sheen and a very small tooth evident over the entire wrap. There are a few bumps and veins but nothing that affected the burn. It sports the Cuban-style triple cap typical in Pepin cigars. The ornate cigar band was designed by Coolbirth, Inc. but I'm sure Ernesto had the final say. He began his career as a graphic designer before making his move to cigar maker.
Construction is very good. Tightly packed with very little give to the touch, the stick has a firm initial draw. A little tighter than I prefer but not problematic. Draw opened up at about the halfway mark to just right. Burn was fairly even but strayed once and required the torch. Ash is medium gray and held well to about 2".
Touted as full-bodied, this cigar is predictably strong but has a graceful creamy sweetness to it. At the start, a little burnt cedar and musky earth with the typical Pepin bite until the blend warms. At three-quarters of an inch it smoothes to a creamy base of dark vanilla mocha and leather with notes of caramel, toasted nuts and a little spice. A rich full-flavored cigar brimming with the complexity we seek. The aroma is fantastic with a creamy sweet edge that carries through to the nub! Slightly sweet dark chocolate and java on the pleasantly long finish. It has a little kick to it but not overpowering. Best after dinner. Smoke time was just over an hour.
A little pricey for everyday rotations but definitely premium quality and one of the few I have found worth the high price tag. MSRP is $12.00. Online they run $7.50 - $11.00 per stick when buying a box. At my local B&M they run $12.50 for singles. Cbid has regular auctions on these and I have seen them go for far less depending on the intelligence of the bidders. As discussed above, this is a limited production cigar and is commonly out-of-stock so strike quickly if you find them.
Overall Rating :
This cigar has such class and character, words can hardly do it justice. An intoxicating smoking experience. Many call it a masterpiece. As Cigar Aficionado said, "Simply a delicious and complex cigar". Easily one of the best cigars I have smoked. Pepin, you did it again!
The Padilla Signature 1932 is a little hard to come by, but the chase is well worth it. If you enjoy a full flavored cigar with fantastic aroma, this one is top notch. Even if your preference is medium strength, this stick is so "graceful" you may hardly notice the potency (until your head starts tingling).
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