Thursday, February 10, 2011

Padilla Habano Torpedo

Padilla Habano Torpedo

Padilla Habano Torpedo (6x52)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $7.50

Ernesto Padilla has really come into his own since parting ways with Don Pepin Garcia. He now uses the Tabacalera Fernandez factory to produce his smokes in Esteli, Nicaragua. It seems nothing has changed since the parting though construction wise, each cigar is impeccably flawless. Padilla has a real eye for quality control.

The Padilla Habano torpedo is a medium brown cigar with a flawless wrapper that has no signs of large veins. The wrapper is smooth as silk and oily to the touch. Smells of earth and leather. Upon cutting the cigar, the draw was tight. I smoked two of these and only one of these seemed to have this tightness, and the other had a semi-tight draw.

Once lit, the cigar had rich leather and cedar flavors, and the aroma was very earthy. In this particular case I loved the cedar flavor, because it was a little sweet (I usually don’t like cedar). A very nice tight grey ash developed and clinged on the cigar for up to 2 inches before falling off. The Padilla had a lot of earthy flavors that I find in Cuban cigars, and this seems to mock a Cuban more closely than any other cigar I have had in awhile. 2 inches in and coffee flavors start to come out. At the 2nd third mark, leather and earth are followed by this diminishing coffee flavor that started to taste reminiscent of milk chocolate. At the last 3rd, the tightness has gotten to the point where the cigar almost wants to go out. The burn has been even throughout with no touch ups needed. Medium bodied throughout. Nubbed it without any difficulties.

I really liked this cigar and I even ended up smoking several over my birthday weekend. The cigars flavors are just so enjoyable that the draw problems were easily over looked. I believe Ernesto Padilla may be the most talented cigar blender these days, because his entire line up of cigars are phenomenal.

Score: 92

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