October 27, 2007
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 140 x 21 mm
Ring : 54
Weight : N/A
Price : ~$8/piece
During my research, I came across a note on the Padron #6000. Now, I’m primarily a Cuban man and do not generally delve into the Nicaraguan smokes, but this caught my eye. It seems that the demand for these cigars has become so great that the company had to place a cap on the amount that could be made each year, so that they could insure that the quality would remain the same.
Appearance : [rating:4.5/5]
Very nice chocolate brown color, only the slightest hint of veins and the only ad character. Very very nice looking smoke. I’ve always been fond of the Torpedo look anyway.
Construction : [rating:3.5/5]
The actual construction of this cigar was very good except for one point that really let me down. The burn was uneven twice during the cigar, both times during the second third. After hearing all the bragging about the quality, this was sort of a disappointment. I suppose I might have just got that one cigar that didn’t come out perfect.
Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
This was the true test of this smoke, and it definitely passed in this category. The inital light was great, a nice even draw with earthy undertones, a little pepper, and something that I found hard to describe, maybe a creme sort of taste. The second third of the smoke identified the strange and pleasureable flavor as that of Vanilla. This was a real treat. The final third was kind of intense, almost too much on the spice I believe. But overall, what a nice smoke!
Value : [rating:4/5]
This is the only time you will likely ever hear me say it, but this is a great non-Cuban cigar. The price is definitely affordable with a high-class taste. Well worth it!
Overall Rating : [rating:overall]
Overall, the only issue that I had was the uneven burn, and the actual flavor of this cigar almost made it worth dealing with that. I suggest that you enjoy this one with a regular coffee, none of that Latte’ stuff, as the vanilla taste really gives the coffee a nice edge. This would be a good morning smoke I believe, but not first thing. Perhaps after you’ve had a couple cups of coffee, just before heading down to the office.
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