Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 60
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Maduro
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : $18.50 each
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The Padron SI-15 is the second cigar from a four part exclusive installment of cigars (“Microblend series”) from some of the game’s biggest players. The first cigar made for Smoke Inn in the four part exclusive series was the Tatuaje Anarchy, second - Padron 1964 SI-15 Natural/Maduro, third - My Father El Hijo, and the fourth - unreleased - is supposed to be by Arturo Fuente. This is the largest Padron cigar made to date, a whopping 6x60 monstrocity. With all of the tobacco aged for at least 4 years, I believe I could be in for a real treat.
Note: this will be my first Padron I have smoked in over 2 years.
The Padron comes adorned with a chocolate brown silhouetted aged Nicaraguan wrapper. The wrapper is thinly veined, not much oil, and appears slightly dry (in a leathery sense). The band is the traditional 1964 series band. The seams are pretty tight and filler appears to be nowhere near overfilled. It is slightly box-pressed as many have come to be familiar with Padron’s higher end offerings. An untraditional single cap is distinguishable and the aromas off the cigar are of plain tobacco with light floral components mixed in.
By just looking at it, it appears flawless. The underfilling is typical of Padrons and probably has a lot to do with people never saying they have a bad draw. In my opinion they usually are waayyyy too open of a draw, and this one seems to be no different when dry drawing. Once lit, the draw remained annoyingly open and thankfully tended to tighten up as the cigar burned towards the head. The flaky ash is quite annoying as well - but like a reiterate, they are underfilled. The burn wasn’t bad and required a few touch ups, but nothing off-putting.
The Padron never disappoints with its initiation of flavors. The first few puffs greeted my mouth with rich Nica spice, some citrus, and saddle leather flavors. There are some underlying flavors just beneath the surface of the initial flavors that make this a real complex treat. Clove and cocoa powder stand out as the main hidden flavors pulled from the retrohale. I really am surprised by the amount/intensity of flavor from this 60 ring gauge.
The first third started with that complex beginning and then transitioned to more precise, simpler flavors. The cigar now tastes of leather wrapped in chocolate with a spike of red pepper. If you have ever tasted artisanal chocolate with chili pepper, then you know exactly of what I am talking about.
Complex no longer, the second third is only being represented by syrupy Indonesian coffee flavors, cocoa, and peppery spice - simple but quite good. The body has ramped up a bit from medium+ to a solid full. Almost into the last third, the retrohale is belligerent and not so appealing any more as my sinus cavity feels as if it’s taking a beating.
In the last third the strength meter is dialed up to about 8-9 in my book. Bitter dark coffee, bitter dark chocolate and spice continue to be its defining profile here. I am surprised by the amount of tannin in the last part of this cigar - brooding to say the least. Finishes with a nice return of leather.
If you like Padrons and have had no problems shelling out the dough to get them, then this will be a nice addition to your stash. For those riding the fence on Padrons, like me, $18.50 is a little steep. It is a “once in awhile” cigar or a celebration cigar for me personally. Taking in consideration that it IS a Padron and it's HUGE and it has BIG flavors, I still think that the SI-15 Maduro is worth its pricetag - so pony up!
Overall Rating : (4.25)
It’s good. Not incredible. I didn’t find it impressing me with complexity (except in the first few puffs), but it has a pronounced rich flavor profile. Today, Padron has become that measuring stick for a lot of super premiums on the market, why?,… I don’t know. But I much rather smoke this than a lot of other >$15 sticks. Padron smokers will definitely like this if they can get past the awkwardness of a 60 ring gauge cigar in their mouths. I thought I would be in for a treat, and I will admit I was not disappointed. Great job on Smoke Inn and Padron putting this cigar together.