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.