Padron 1964 Exclusivo Maduro (Quick Smoke Series)

Padron 1964 Exclusivo Maduro

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto Extra
Size : 5.5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $11.00 each
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This is the new series of reviews I am introducing to Cigar Inspector readers. These are quick and brief reviews of usually one cigar that I am smoking at a brick and mortar or a cigar that otherwise I just didn’t deem needing a full review. This by no means states that these cigars didn’t deserve a full review, it just means I was a little more spontaneous in taking notes on these sticks. So in these reviews, I just smoke a cigar and take a few notes to give readers a general reference of what they can expect from the cigar. Hope everyone can appreciate these reviews for what they are- quick reviews of cigars I have never smoked before.

The exclusivo has a dark brown, leathery wrapper with minimal oils. The cigar gives when squeezed, has a good open draw, and is very rustic looking. The burn was very straight with no touch ups. Draw was consistently open throughout the smoke.

1st Third- Deep leather, cocoa powder, meat, and finishes with stinging pepperiness. Full bodied.
2nd Third - Smooths out. Cocoa becomes more prominent and leather weaves in and out. Body still pretty full.
3rd Third- Bitter cocoa flavors with some wood chips thrown in. Stunningly potent smoke.

The Exclusivo smokes more like a corona gorda than a robusto extra. The box press makes it seem a little thinner. The flavors are compact, lively, not overly complex, and have a ton of strength (it had me staggering a bit when I walked away). A really solid smoke for one of Cigar Aficionado's top cigars of the year. Personally, this is my favorite Padron I have smoked.

Appearance : ★★★☆☆
Construction : ★★★★★
Flavor : ★★★★☆
Value : ★★★★☆
Overall : ★★★★½ (4.25)

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14 Comments on “Padron 1964 Exclusivo Maduro (Quick Smoke Series)”

  1. I just got a fiver of these.Cant wait to try one after a little rest.

  2. My kind of review: Short, precise, to-the-point, and just the essentials. I enjoyed it, and look forward to more. No need to wax poetic in a cigar review, and you didn’t. And, no “exotic” flavors like “burnt pear meringue” or “lavender-infused applewood.” Keep ‘em coming!

  3. I love the box press on this cigar. I agree with Bennett, great review brevity is something that is overlooked in reviews lately. I’m surprised you only gave it a 3 on the appearance though. Do you not like the veins on the wrapper?

  4. I really think that Padrons are pretty ugly. They are wonderful smokes but remind me of box pressed dog turds. Just too rustic looking. Thanks for the comments and hopefully I will have more of these quick reviews for everyone!

  5. Well that certainly makes me want to smoke one. Now next time I go into my B&M I’ll just be reminded of box pressed dog turds! hahaha

  6. DavefromPhilly says:

    If i could only smoke one cigar for the rest of my life it would be this one. Same size and all.

    The Exclusivo is 5.5×50 though. Is this a new size??

  7. DavefromPhilly says:

    I’ve never had a 5.5×60 but the 5.5×50 is phenomenal.

  8. Sorry it was a typo. It’s a 5.5×50. The box press made it feel smaller to me. My favorite vitola is a corona Gorda and this was pretty darn close.

  9. donald sizemore says:

    A truly wonderful review of a truly wonderful seegar!

  10. I’ve never had a bad … or even a mediocre … Padron 1964. This must be one of the best cigar blends ever. My personal preference is for the Maduro Torpedo, but I’d gladly smoke any of them. For my money, they beat the pants off the 1926 line.

  11. Call me crazy I have smoke many Pardons and I found these to be the worse Padron I ever smoked I had the Natural and the Maduro and was disappointed with both with all the good comments I wonder if I just got a bad batch, they gave these to had a bad the Miami Heat when they won the NBA championship. I never had a bad Padron until I smoked the Exclusivo like I sad call me crazy

  12. Gotta agree with the power of these things (I had the natural – a bit more leathery in flavor). Did not expect such a nicotine rush from a Robusto-size stick. Must be the Padron aging they do on the leaves before turning them into cigars!

    A fantastic cigar!

  13. Picked up a box of these just last year. Fantastic smoke. This was perhaps the first cigar that really blew me away and got me hooked on cigars.

    There is always room in my humidor for a box of PAM exclusivos… Or two!

    More often than not, this is my go to cigar and is affordable as I do not smoke as often as I would like.

  14. Cigarshopper says:

    I agree with everything except the value rating. Padron’s are fantastic cigars, I love all of their lines, but they’re extremely overpriced.

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