SI-15 Padron 64th Special Release

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  1. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Proud Father of a brave U.S. Marine

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    "....You can't create a monster, then whine when it stomps on a few buildings......"
    - Yeardley Smith

    And what a monster these guys are..!! A Padron 64 in 6 X 60..?? Really..??..!! Being the hard core Padron fan that I am, I wanted to get my hands on some of these and try them. Well, a 5-er turned into a 10-er and then I just said to hell with it and got a whole box...:p I did, however, ask that my box be 7 Natural wrapper, 8 Maduros as I really find nice differences between them, and enjoy them both. Now, I have to admit that 60 ring jawbreakers aren't really my idea of a "go to" smoke, but hey, it's a Padron 64 so I was sure that I'd be in for an interesting experience.

    Boy, they are nice to look at;

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    A little hard to see, but the Maduro's have a bunch of tooth on the wrappers. The Regular wrappers have some, though not nearly as much. For today's smoke, I picked a Maduro and set out to enjoy a nice warm day (finally...!!) and some quiet as the wife was out and about for a while. Beverage of choice was sparkling water, no flavors, so that I could focus on the cigar and not the companion beverage. So, the dogs and I retreated to the deck and I set about to see what this beast of a cigar had to offer:

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    The wrapper felt and smelled......like a Padron 64. Punched with the biggest punch on my Swiss Army Knife, it did require a little "clean up" with the knife blade to come clean and open up. Had my trusty Xikar on stand by in case I ran into draw issues or in case this baby decided to tar up. Neither of which happened. The Padron guys know very well how to make a fantastically constructed smoke and these are no exception.

    You're going to hear me say that it "...tasted like a Padron 64....". A fair question being; what does a 64 taste like, anyway? I've said it before and I'll say it again (and again, and again....); what captures and holds my interest is complexity of taste. Be it food, Bourbon, cigars, wine, whatever....complex tastes are what it's all about. 64's are a wonderful medley that's very characteristic, very unique in the cigar world. A lovely blend with predominantly dark tastes that walks the line between being too dark and being delicious. A great mix of coffee, cinnamon, earth, perhaps some chocolate or even some coco flavors in there; mixed in with wonderful, simple, great tobacco flavors that's obviously been carefully grown, fermented and blended. To my palate, these aren't as dark as the 26's, but honestly probably more to my liking. The natural wrappers have more of the great tobacco tastes with less of the other flavors, while the maduros allow the other flavors to stand out and up front more. Both are equally well balanced and blended; yet different in a very nice way. Both have unique flavor profiles, both have real similarities that are hard to mistake. They are typically not spicy or zippy on the tongue like the great Pepin smokes. Typically.....;)

    Pre-light, the draw was nicely open....which I prefer. Not completely open, but just right as far as I'm concerned. And the pre-light flavors.....wow. Unmistakable Padron 64 goodness ready to be unleashed....torch time..!!

    What hit me right out of the gate was a blast of spice that I was not expecting. Wow..!! Not so much pepper like you'd find in a Pepin, but more cinnamon tastes. A couple of puffs and I was getting some hot, super spicy tastes that were really unlike the Padron 64 flavors I know and like. Ah ha...drawing too hard...too hot, better slow down. One of the downsides of a nicely open draw, I believe. I probably smoke too fast most of the time; this was clearly a case where some patience and a gentle draw would pay off.

    And, pay off it certainly did. It took about an inch for the blast of spice to back off, and then I was treated to the classic, unmistakable 64 flavor profile. But, make no mistake, it was a BIG taste. A little hard to describe; it was clearly a 64, but maybe a 64 on steroids. Incredibly complex, very wonderful. Dense, thick clouds of wonderfully fragrant smoke billowed from this monster. Cleaning my palate with some water and refreshing my opinions didn't change my perceptions of this monster. I found it interesting how sensitive the cigar was to draw; a little too much and it got HOT and the spice blast returned....a couple of gentle draws and it settled right back down and went along as I more or less expected. A function of the 60 ring, perhaps? Make no mistake, I was really enjoying this smoke.

    First ash was at about the 2" mark as it looked like it would end up in my lap if I didn't. Some minor uneven burn that quickly corrected itself without any coaxing from the torch. I'll admit that these guys didn't have any significant humidor time, so perhaps once the RH settles down a bit, this wouldn't have happened. Even so, it was a complete non-issue. If there are better constructed smokes in the world than a Padron, I haven't seen them yet. Just flawless from start to finish, construction wise. Smoked like a champ, very pleasurable, very perfect. And the smoke....!! Dense clouds that drifted across the back yard....so cool.

    While some smokes change flavor and go through some significant changes as they go, in my experience Padron smokes typically don't do that. This was no exception other than the spice blast on first light, and along the first inch or so. Awesomely consistent, very wonderful....right up until it was burning my fingers and hit the ash tray. You bet I nubbed this monster...it was a really great smoke.

    So, what did I think.....I think the Padron family hit it out of the park again. Almost like a re-invention of the 64. The new vitola has some nice differences and is a unique smoke, to be sure. No, they aren't cheap. Would I buy more..?? Well, I'll buy LOTS more Padron smokes, but these are still a bit of a question mark. Did I enjoy it a lot more than an Exclusivo...?? Probably not, which is still saying a lot. The 64 profile is in full effect with these beasts, and they are completely enjoyable and very well worth your time and money. I'll have to smoke a couple more, and a natural wrapper or two, before I decide if this is one I want to "go deep" on.

    But, make no mistake...these are wonderful, complex, tasty, fantastic smokes. Buy a couple and test drive them yourself and see what you think. My guess is that you'll like them a lot.....:thumbs:

    Cheers, guys - B.B.S.
     
  2. northernmoris

    northernmoris FFOX Whore

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    Great review.. Sounds like a fantastic smoke, I'm starting to love my Padrons more and more. I'm a slow smoker so this sounds/looks like it's not for me though.. I like the photo with the open box, the contrast between wrappers is great.
     
  3. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Proud Father of a brave U.S. Marine

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    Actually, these really have to be smoked slowly. If you are gentle with them, you will be rewarded.....:p
     
  4. MoeCizlak

    MoeCizlak Built for comfort

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    Outstanding review, Tom. If I recall correctly, they weren't tweaking the blend for these, just increasing the ring gauge? Normally I wouldn't even give a 60rg a chance, but Padron rg's don't feel like their true dimensions to me, as in they seem smaller. So did this feel like a 60rg to you? Or did it seem smaller and not likely to break your jaw?
     
  5. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Proud Father of a brave U.S. Marine

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    Oh, it's a 60rg to be sure. I don't chomp on my smokes like some guys do, so it wasn't a big deal for me. But, there is no question, they are big suckers.....;)
     
  6. LilBastage

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    Nice review. :thumbs:

    Do these have the same box press as the normal 64s? It's hard to tell from the pics.

    I've always liked the box press on Padrons, It makes the ring gauge seem smaller, which I like.
     
  7. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Proud Father of a brave U.S. Marine

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    Thanks, Alan. No real box press on these monsters.....very much in the round.
     
  8. uptown_isy

    uptown_isy The Man Uptown

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    Awesome review Tom! I smoked a natural this weekend and really enjoyed it.
     
  9. ironpeddler

    ironpeddler Ye Old Newbie

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    Thanks for the excellent review Tom...makes perfect sense that it would be a 'bolder' 64 taste due to the big ring size. Like any big ring cigar, patients is always rewarded with flavors more easily recognized.

    I'll take one out of my new, vacuum formed, polypropylene humidor and take it for a test ride this week....
     
  10. sigar_zealot

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    Nice review, thanks for sharing!

    I seem to struggle with smoking slowly as it is so I think this one is not a good match for me.
     
  11. drunkfish3

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    Awesome review i have to get my hands on a Maduro one of these.
     
  12. Fatken

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    Great review Tom,

    Like many I am not crazy about the big ring guage, but Padron can make all the difference.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Ken
     
  13. w00ts!te

    w00ts!te Go GREEN! Go WHITE!

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    I got a box of each. Wondering if I should jump on more...
     
  14. Aussie Shaun

    Aussie Shaun Just call me Grumps.

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    Great review and Pic's Tom, personally I like a 60rg like some of the other guy's because it takes longer to smoke and a stick that big would take me at least 90 minutes. And being a Padron only makes the experience even better.
     
  15. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Proud Father of a brave U.S. Marine

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    Shared one with my neighbor last night. He had a Maduro, I had a Natural wrapper.

    No change in what i said earlier....still a great smoke, but they do take being smoked gently to get that great '64 flavor to show fully.....:love:
     
  16. Swissy

    Swissy R.I.P. big guy.... see you over the bridge

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    wow... reading that, I am going to have to look for some!

    Thanks for the pics and review Tom... :thumbs:
     
  17. jfields

    jfields Where did all my money go?

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    Holy Cow!

    The pictures don't really do these things justice .................. I just got a box and these things are friggin huge!
     
  18. Mark Twain

    Mark Twain Call me Ishmael.

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    Wow! A 60 ring gauge Padron . . . dunno if I could handle it. ???

    Looks like a fantastic smoke, but prolly too much for me.

    Some one send me the 1964 Lancero once it's released. :D
     
  19. jfields

    jfields Where did all my money go?

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    Smoked one yesterday Marc. Typical Padron flavors without being too much. I will say my head was swimming at the end though.
     
  20. Mark Twain

    Mark Twain Call me Ishmael.

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    I hate you.

    ;)
     

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