First, let me say that I’ve really enjoyed diving into Padron the last couple years. I wasn’t always a Padron fan, yet there are a few sizes that I’ve come to adore. This week’s cigar is one that I’ve smoked at least a fiver of this week alone, and it might be the only cigar I’ve smoked for the month of July so far.
This unassuming Padron doesn’t look the part. In fact, it looks kind of like an underdog every time I take it out of the humidor. The single cap is always misshapen, and it’s characterized by lumps and bumps all along the length of the cigar. But where it fails in beauty contests, this Padron Maduro makes up for in personality and flavor.
What keeps bringing me back to this cigar is the smooth, charming flavor profile that screams sophisticated luxury. On the one hand it’s indulgent, coaxing, and inviting. On the other it’s loud, begging your attention, and demanding your time.
My first impressions are of earth, leather, hay, peppercorn, and milk chocolate. It’s like eating Godiva in an open field. These flavors are bright and vibrant, only attenuated by a creamy essence that settles on my palate like an evening fog.
Dropping the first ash, notes of weak coffee, nuanced caramels, and stale chocolate chip cookies tease the senses. The smoke even conveys an aged texture to it, further intensifying a nougat sensation that’s building.
If it were possible to distill a Milky Way into a cigar, this Padron 1964 Maduro Corona would be about as close as it gets into the second third. Milk chocolate, caramel, and nougat absolutely dominate the second third of this cigar.
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is where I’ll take my leave and contemplate the pleasures of Padron alone.
Cheers to a great week ahead!
If you haven’t tried these yet, I can’t recommend them enough! I’d put it squarely in the medium+ category for body and strength, with an effortless draw and maintenance-free burn. The Corona size has everything I look forward to in a cigar, and I can’t believe I’ve went this long without trying this particular vitola before.
For a pairing, I've had the best experiences so far with espresso style coffees! I haven't been able to try out anything higher octane than that, but I'd also imagine that a hefty pour of High West's Campfire would also be a homerun.