November 23, 2011
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Double Toro
Size : 6 x 60
Wrapper : Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Filler : Cuban-seed Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $7 each
Daylight savings have taken a toll on the ability to review after work. With the sun going down about an hour after I get home, I have to have some of the work for my review done ahead of time. The weather is still very nice and perfect for cigar smoking. Tonight, I came home from work and grabbed this Padilla Black Bear because I was in the mood for a large relaxing cigar.
Appearance : [rating:4/5]
The wrapper is very dark brown and quite spotty. The spottiness of the Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro wrapper is what makes this leaf so unique. It is such a rough wrapper, that there are not a single square inch of it that is just one shade. There are no thick veins though. The cap is much darker than the rest of the wrapper; it is consisted of multiple layers and is perfectly flush. This stick actually gives off a chocolate and coffee smell.
Construction : [rating:2.5/5]
Padilla Black Bear is very solid. There is one soft spot about an inch and a half from the foot. The cut was perfect. The draw on this cigar was easy throughout the entire length of the smoke. The burn was terrible though. The soft spot caused very bad canoeing. Then there seemed to be a slightly hollow spot in the filler, which caused a hole to burn through on the wrapper. The ash was quite flaky and was a gray and brown mix.
Flavor : [rating:4/5]
There was a nice amount of spice off of the light, but the wrapper was also quite spicy and caused a slight tingling sensation on the lips. There were some mild hints of coffee that came out. There was also a good amount of earthy tones to compliment the spice. About an inch into this cigar, there were some strong wood notes as well as a mild sweetness. The second third of this cigar mellowed out. The smoke was still very earthy and woody but now there was a good amount of dark chocolate. There was also a bitterness that resembled black coffee. The last couple inches of this cigar were very spicy and brought nice hints of wood. The coffee and chocolate notes became more prominent.
Value : [rating:4/5]
For the size of this cigar, $7 isn’t bad. But if you are interested in getting more than one of these, Cigars International usually will have a deal on them. Currently they are selling them in bundles of 15 for fairly cheap. So if you shop around, these are clearly worth the money.
Overall Rating : [rating:3.5/5]
I would smoke this cigar again in hope that the burn would be better. I feel as though this was fluke because I have never had a burn issue with any other Padilla before. This was a medium to full bodied stick that packed a good amount of flavor. If you can get this cigar for the price you would like to pay, then give it a try.
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November 25, 2011
@Tommy z, I just had the Artemis too. Very good smoke and box worthy for sure
November 24, 2011
I thought this was a decent smoke, but I also had burn problems. I just had the Padilla Artemis for the first time and now THAT is one HELL of a sweet smoke!
– Tommy Z
November 24, 2011
I remember smoking a few Padilla “Golden Bears” that I got in California — any idea how similar the Black Bear is to the Golden Bear?
Have a great Thanksgiving.
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