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A truly amazing and surprising cigar. Perfect balance of flavor and strength. As smooth as can be. No bitterness. Strong but mild. Great construction, even burn, ideal draw, subtle flavor. Worth buying a box. Tempting to smoke all day.Paradoxically mild. Right nicotine level. I'm not good at describing the flavor. Highly recommended.
A pretty good smoke, but I had been hoping for a great smoke. In storage for years in my humidor. I take issue with the mild-medium designation. It's a medium to me. Slightly bitter and less complex than I had hoped for. The burn was uneven from the middle on. Needed many relights. Still, I enjoyed it. Would not buy another, though.
* Pre-Light 9 * Lighting and Burn: 15 * Construction: 35 * Flavor and Aroma: 30 Total: 89
This surprised me as a really good cigar. I wasn't expecting much but it was fantastic. Solid construction. Packed really well. PLD was a bit of spice but once lit, was really mellow. Long grey ash which held and burned really slow. Draw was perfect.
Not much in terms of flavor changes throughout but it was a nice consistent smoke. Will definitely pick some up
Humidor time: 278 days Appearance and construction: A few veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double V-cut and promptly forgot to check the PLD, but it was probably open. Maybe. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of... tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with notes of coffee, chocolate, and leather, not particularly in that order, but quite tasty. This stayed consistent through the first two thirds with the flavors fading in the last third. Strength was about medium or less. (22/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash dropping just past 1" leaving a cone. The burn got wavy in the last third, but mostly self-corrected without need for a touch-up. (22/25)
Overall impression: Pretty decent smoke for a puff session on my friend's waterfront deck in early December. Nice flavors, good construction, not much here to complain about and I'll be smoking this one again. (29/35)
Burn time: 1:12 Rating: 85
Update: Smoked another one of these on the commute today and decided there was also a nutty note in the flavor profile. I'd noticed this in the stick I smoked last night but couldn't put my finger on what it was. It's a similar flavor and profile to that of the Punch Bareknuckle blend, and that one is a bit nuttier than this one, but this one is very tasty as well.
Of course, being a Padron, this is a well-made cigar. Nice even fill, slightly veiny and bumpy wrapper but tight seams. Draw is spot on perfect. Smoke production is copious, and the burn is razor sharp. Ash is firm and holds fine, tapping about every inch and a half or so to keep it neat. Produces a nice, tight little cone. As expected, this is a well-made cigar, which is what you should get for the reputation and price.
Flavor is right in my wheelhouse. Initial puffs are black pepper, leather, and earth. The black pepper dominates the profile, really through most of the smoke, but there is plenty else going on. Leather, charred wood, dark chocolate, and some dried fruit notes are all very noticeable throughout the smoke. Just a bit of a tannic note throughout as well, drying the mouth so it may be best paired with a drink that can complement that rather than add to it. It’s a pretty strong smoke, but still some nuance going on to keep it interesting. I found it to be extremely enjoyable and one of my favorite Padrons that I have smoked.
If you see some don’t hesitate, they aren’t particularly easy to come by and actually live up to the name. Great flavor, great brand, and a great vitola. This one is a winner.
Humidor time: 1796 days (118 days in mine, the rest in someone else's) Appearance and construction: A couple of minor veins, an oily sheen, and a firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (13/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of coffee and earth. The light gave a full-bodied profile with notes of leather and coffee, hints of black pepper and chocolate, and no spice on retro, which was surprising as full-bodied sticks typically have a spice blast through the nose, at least at the start, at least in my experience. At any rate, this all stayed consistent through the course of the smoke and was quite tasty from start to finish. Strength was medium/full, especially towards the end. (24/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start with the latter evening out in the first inch. There was one particularly oily patch on the wrapper at the foot, which didn't want to burn as fast as the rest, but once past that it burned very evenly, at least until I stuck it with my corn skewer in the last third, but it never came close to needing any maintenance. (22/25)
Overall impression: I think this one was what you'd call a flavor bomb as it had flavor for days and all of it was very nice. I'd gladly smoke this one again, although that seems unlikely as this was probably a limited edition of some sort and thus hard to find. Highly recommended, though, if you can find them. (31/35)
Humidor time: 283 days Appearance and construction: Several prominent veins, a light sheen, and a firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a punch and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with notes of wood and spice and a hint of sweetness and this stayed consistent through the course of the smoke. Very nice and right in my wheelhouse for a medium stick. Strength was medium at best. (23/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn was a bit slanted through the first third but self-corrected nicely prior to the first ashing at 1 1/2" in, which left a cone. Things were then very uneventful down to the nub with copious amounts of smoke produced throughout. (23/25)
Overall impression: A fine smoke, this one, and much better than what I was expecting based on previous reviews. Flavors, check, construction, check, nothing to dislike here at all and I'll be smoking more of these. (31/35)
Humidor time: 2161 days (118 days in mine, the rest in someone else's) Appearance and construction: A couple of veins and a few bumps, an oily sheen, and a firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a punch and PLD was tight so gave it a single V-cut which opened it up slightly. Note: The bottom band was a foot band, which I pushed up the stick for purposes of getting it in the pic. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of earth. The light gave a medium/full profile with notes of black pepper and sweet chocolate and a bit spicy on retro. The spice faded quickly with the other flavors mellowing into a very nice, slightly sweet maduro toasty blend by the 2nd third and this stayed consistent through the remainder of the smoke. Strength was medium at best. (22/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an adequate draw, decent smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash dropping at 1 1/2" leaving a very small cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub apart from draw and smoke output never quite reaching optimal, although both were completely adequate. (22/25)
Overall impression: This was the twin to the Habano Corona I had last weekend and while this wasn't quite the great smoking experience that one was, it was still very enjoyable. Don't think I've had a bad stick from Espinosa yet and this one was no exception. (29/35)
Humidor time: 283 days Appearance and construction: A couple of minor veins, a smooth box-press, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a punch and PLD was moderately tight. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco... The light gave a medium-bodied profile with a note of wood and something else I couldn't identify. It's the usual Serie G profile, which I've never been able to adequately characterize in other vitolas and this one was no different. I did get a hint of coffee in the 2nd third. Strength was about medium. (20/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a tight draw, thin smoke volume, and an even burn to start. I quickly gave it a clip with the guillotine to try and open up the draw, which only partially worked, at least at first. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash dropping at 1 1/2" leaving a cone. After the first ash left, the draw and smoke output improved a bit more and gradually reached optimal by the last third. The burn stayed very even down to the nub. (20/25)
Overall impression: The Serie G flavor profile has never quite been in my wheelhouse, but it's pleasant enough for an early morning puff session while binging on Netflix. This stick loses a few points, though, for the less than optimal draw and smoke output in the first couple of thirds. I have a few more and will update this review should those perform any better. (25/35)
Burn time: 1:26 Rating: 77
Update: Smoked another one of these on the commute today and it went much better than the first one. Gave this one a double V-cut and got an optimal draw and good smoke output all the way through. Flavors were also good and burn was even, so raising the overall rating to 82/4.0.