Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 ½ ” x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $5 each
Well it’s been awhile since my last post. Does that mean I’ve quit smoking cigars… NO WAY! Sometimes life just gets crazy and too busy, I hope you’ll understand. However, I’m back and have lots of great cigar reviews to post.
The Padrón 3000 Maduro. I have to be honest in saying that this is one of my favorite cigars. I always keep them stocked in my humidor and when I’m running low I just order another box. The Padrón 3000 Series, natural and maduro, are available in boxes of 26, box of 4, and single cigars. It is definitely not the most attractive cigar or the most complex by any means however for me it provides what a cigar should and is the most practical without burning a hole in the wallet. I personally enjoy this cigar at cookouts, barbeques and the occasional Par 3 golf course.
Anyhow, before we light up let’s talk about Padrón Cigars Inc. The following information was found at the Padrón website:
“The Padrón name is not only the brand name it is the family name. It is family honor and tradition that are the foundation upon which Padrón Cigars has been built. The Padrón family has been involved in the tobacco industry since the late 1800’s. Damaso Padrón, the family patriarch, was born in the Canary Islands and later immigrated to Pinar del Rio, the richest tobacco-growing region of Cuba. There, along with Francisco and his other sons, he began working in the tobacco industry and developed the commitment of producing the best tobacco he possibly could. This commitment of producing the best tobacco is a tradition that has been passed down from one generation of Padrón to the next and is the backbone of what Padrón Cigars is today. Padrón Cigars now has over 600 employees working in factories in Nicaragua, Honduras and the corporate headquarters, which are still in the same locale of Little Havana where it all started in 1964. Padrón Cigars is still a wholly owned family business working under José Orlando Padrón’s leadership to continue the family legacy.”
More information on the family, cigars, plus great pictures can be found at http://www.padron.com.
Like I stated earlier, the wrapper on this cigar may not be the most appealing to the eye. This dark box pressed puro presents a veiny, rough looking wrapper leaf. The cap of the cigar is disheartening being put on very sloppy, showing loose leaf parts. Pre-light smell contains a heavy chocolate scent with notes of earthy goodness and the pre-light draw is loose and promising.
Pre-light Score: 7 pts.
The Padrón 3000 Maduro immediately produced lots of creamy smoke under a loose but not too loose draw. I personally prefer the looser draw. To me smoking a cigar is a relaxing luxury not a hard working job. After smoking the first quarter of the 3000 maduro, the cigar showed notes of a coco sweetness.
The ash was a silky gray/white and fell off once getting past the running point. The burn throughout was a little uneven however the cigar fixed itself each time. Halfway through the cigar continued to be sweet but the coco turned into an earthy, nutty flavor.
Smoking Score: 9 pts.
The finish on the cigar was a little more harsh than I expected showing hints of spice and pepper with a toasty aroma. Again, this cigar is one of my personal favorites and it smokes/performs much better than it looks (remember… looks can be deceiving).
Overall Experience: 8 pts.
In closing this review I’ll credit my Thanksgiving after meal smoke to what led me to do a review of this cigar. Most of the time I’ll pull out a special smoke I’ve been saving or aging for those special occasions however something told me to go with the Padrón 3000 Maduro after this year’s dinner… GREAT choice. I recommend you keep a few of these on hand.
Padrón 3000 Maduro Rating
Overall Experience: 8pts.