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The Padilla Series ’68 Robusto

It felt good to finally get back outside and smoke a cigar.  Lately, the Texas heat has just been too much to bear so I haven’t been able to enjoy a cigar on my lunch hour as usual.  But yesterday, the temperatures had cooled to just under 100 degrees so I lit up a Padilla Series ’68 Robusto and sat under a shade tree with a cold glass of water.  Believe it or not, it was perfect.

I had purchased a box of the Series ’68s from Cigars International when they were selling them for the ridiculously low price of $39.99.  That’s right–twenty premium cigars for under $40!  The reason for this preposterous deal was that each box had the words “Refill only…not for resale” on the box.

Silly things like this rarely bother me, so I sprang for the deal and I’m glad that I did.  To make the deal even sweeter, a friend of mine asked if he could buy ten of the cigars from me since he didn’t have room in his humidor for a full box.  This worked out well for me, too, since my humidor is rather full at the moment!

So here are the details on the Padilla Series ’68 Robusto:

  • Size:  5×50 Robusto
  • Wrapper:  Cuban-seed corojo
  • Binder:  Nicaragua, criollo
  • Filler:  Cuban-seed Nicaragua
  • Strength:  Medium/Full

I have written on here before about how important I think cigar bands are.  I know they don’t assist in the taste of a cigar, but the certainly can make or break a cigar’s look.  The Series ’68 helps itself by screaming “quality” when you see the attention to detail in the band.  It actually looks like it’s just one ornate band, but it isn’t until you do a little investigating that you find out it’s two distinct bands.

A nice barnyard or hay smell was the first scent I got once I removed the cigar from its cellophane wrapper.  Upon lighting, that’s exactly what I tasted too.  It started off as a very earthy smoke with just a touch of pepper.  Throughout the whole of the cigar, the burn was really sharp.  I didn’t even have to think about any touch ups which was kind of surprising on a windy afternoon.

The one thing I noticed about this cigar was its lack of flavor transitions.  It started off earthy and it remained earthy through the whole smoke.  There were, along the way, hints of spice and pepper but I never felt the spice or pepper dominating.  They always sat in the back seat to the earthy/woodsy flavor.

As far as strength is concerned, this cigar never went above a medium strength smoke.  It’s the kind of cigar you can smoke at any point in the day and really just enjoy the flavors without having to worry about getting bowled over by strength.  All in all, I’m glad I bought this box because the Padilla Series ’68 Robusto is a great everyday smoke.

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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Reviews


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Smoking away the weekend (three cigar mini reviews)

Monday always comes around too soon!  Despite being called in to work for a little while on Saturday, I was able to enjoy three different cigars:  two of which were very enjoyable!  Now I should say that these reviews will not be like my usual extensive reviews.  On the weekends, I tend to give my brain a little time off and just enjoy the tobaccos without giving them much thought.  So without further ado…

I started on Friday afternoon with the Graycliff Red:

  • Size:  Robusto (5.25 x 50)
  • Wrapper:  Indonesian
  • Binder:  Dominican, Brazilian
  • Filler:  Nicaraguan
  • Strength:  Medium

I received this cigar in a five-pack sampler from Famous Smoke Shop.  They sell a five pack of Graycliff Reds for just over $50, but according to their website, the suggested retail for the five-pack at $83.40 (or $16.68 per stick!).  Now I’m not likely to pay that much for a single cigar, so I was glad that it was part of my sampler which cost me around $18 with shipping included!  The long and short of this cigar is that it was a very well constructed, overly spicy cigar.  Maybe it was the Indonesian wrapper, but I did not like this cigar.  From start to finish it was just too spicy for my tastes.  The burn was nice and even throughout and I stayed with it all the way through hoping the tastes would mellow into something enjoyable, but it just never happened.  So if you’re looking to spend $16 on a cigar, I suggest you look elsewhere–or better yet, buy two $8 cigars and double your pleasure!

On Saturday, I got called in to work for an hour or so.  After work, I decided to go to my local tobacconist to smoke a cigar, relax and watch some baseball and The Masters.  There, for the first time, I tried the CAO La Traviata Divino:

  • Size:  Robusto (5 x 50)
  • Wrapper:  Ecuadorian grown Habano seed
  • Binder:  Cameroon
  • Filler:  Nicaraguan and Dominican
  • Strength:  Medium to Full

I have heard many good things about this cigar and I was as impressed with it as the others.  This cigar was leathery with some pepper, but the taste wasn’t too powerful.  It developed into an earthy, nutty flavor as it got into the second third.  I did have some construction issues in the second third, but overall this was a great smoke.  The price point for this cigar was around $5, so you can’t really go wrong with that.  Give the CAO La Traviata Divino a try!

I had enjoyed the CAO so much (and wasn’t ready to leave the tobacconist just yet), so I chose an Arturo Fuente Short Story from the humidor and lit it up.  Now the Short Story is a uniquely shaped cigar.  It is a perfecto shape and sports a 49 band.  The Short Story gets larger as it approaches the foot before being tapered off at the foot for easy lighting.

  • Size:  Robusto (4 x 49)
  • Wrapper:  Cameroon
  • Binder:  Dominican
  • Filler:  Dominican
  • Strength:  Medium

I used a double guillotine cutter on this cigar, but was very displeased with the draw as I puffed away.  I had never re-cut a cigar before, but I pulled the cutter out again and clipped off a little bit more of the cap.  That proved to be a great move because the draw opened right up, the flavor profile consisted of a little spice and some sweetness.  If you have trouble getting the ‘perfect light’ then this cigar is for you since it’s essentially fool proof–and you won’t be disappointed with the taste!

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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Reviews


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The Gurkha Symphony Robusto #4

Last week I received an e-mail informing me of a special that an online tobacco retailer was running.  It was a cigar caddy, butane lighter and double guillotine cutter with two cigars:  A CAO Gold Churchill and a Gurkha Symphony Robusto #4.  I decided to spring for it since I was in need of both a butane lighter and a cigar caddy.  My shipment arrived today and I decided to try out the Gurkha Symphony at lunch.

Here are the details of the Symphony:

  • Size:  Robusto (6 x 50)
  • Wrapper:  Connecticut Shade
  • Binder:  Dominican Republic
  • Filler:  Nicaragua
  • Strength:  Medium

When I first took the cigar out of the cellophane wrapper, I noticed how dry the cigar was.  Maybe it was the fact that it had been out of a humidor for a few days, but it seemed a tad dry and I didn’t notice any oil on the wrapper.  I cut the cigar with the double guillotine cutter that was included in with the shipment and I thought it cut the cap well.  It’s the kind of cutter that has a “back” to it which keeps you from taking off more of the cap than you want.  The punch cut is my preferred cut, but I always like having other options laying around.

The pre-light draw was open and airy–very little resistance and I detected a woodsy/nutty taste.  The first thing I noticed after lighting it was that there was very little smoke output.  And again, the draw was very loose.  The woodsy taste lingered in the mouth, but it wasn’t overbearing by any means.  Just a nice, woodsy taste with a little bit of spice.

As I got into the second third, the burn was even, the ash was holding strong after 1.5″ and it was starting to really produce some nice smoke.  The flavors become more pronounced, but still nothing too overpowering.  There seemed to be more spice and even some dark chocolate notes.  The cigar took on the infamous “cone” shape once I tapped off the ash from the second third and the burn was amazing.  Despite its somewhat open draw, the cigar remained fairly cool until I had to extinguish it before i was too far into the final third (due to time constraints).

Overall, I really enjoyed this cigar.  It had just enough flavor to keep me interested, but not too much flavor to get me sick!  No lightheadedness at all–just a great tasting medium bodied cigar.  It was a perfect lunch smoke although I wish I would have had another fifteen to twenty minutes to enjoy it!

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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Reviews


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The 262 Paradigm Robusto

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to have won some free cigars from 262 Cigars.  And as eager as I was to smoke these bad boys right up, I just couldn’t seem to find the time to do so.  But this past Sunday afternoon was perfect.  The weather was perfect, my son was napping, my wife was channel surfing and getting ever closer to the Lifetime Channel (cringe!) so I decided to try out the 262 Paradigm Robusto.  So here are the deets:

  • Size:  Robusto (4×52)
  • Wrapper:  Brazillian
  • Binder:  Honduran
  • Filler:  Seco, Ligero Nicaragua
  • Strength:  Medium to Full Body

The cigar was very well constructed.  It was mailed to me, so I thought that it might sustain some damage before it got to me, but it was just beautiful.  The cellophane wrapper probably protected it throughout the shipping process.  As I removed it from the cellophane, I knew I was in for a treat.  The smell and look of this cigar was an absolute delight.  I used a bullet punch which seemed to keep the majority of the cap in tact.  The pre-light draw was just perfect:  not too tight, not too loose.  I lit the cigar with a torch lighter and enjoyed it with water.

The first few draws tasted very spicy to me.  Not overly spicy, but spicy enough.  The light was perfect in that it didn’t “burn” the cigar, but it wasn’t an even light.  It did, however, even up before I got through the first third of the cigar.  As I approached the second third, the cigar became less spicy and more creamy but there was still a lot of flavor going on.  I tend to not enjoy cigars after I’ve started the final third.  Usually the heat from the cigar just distorts the flavors too much for me and it becomes unenjoyable.  Such was the case with this 262 Paradigm Robusto.  Very soon after I tapped off the ash and started with the final third, the cigar got very hot so I put it down.  Many people still enjoy cigars at that point, but I’m not one of them.  But I won’t fault the cigar maker for my own subjectivity.

One thing I really enjoyed about the 262 Paradigm Robusto was when I was finished, I didn’t have a nicotine hangover.  I knew I had just enjoyed a cigar, but I didn’t have the feeling that comes from Peterson’s Irish Flake pipe tobacco or other nicotine-heavy smokes.  This was the perfect smoke on the deck!

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Posted by on March 21, 2011 in Reviews


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