Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder and Filler: Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Criollo
Price: Roughly $10.00 a stick
Behind The Stick:
Here comes a cigar produced from one of the best in the business, in my opinion. Ernesto Padilla has already created many cigars I keep in my humidor on a regular basis, and I hope this Padilla 1932 continues that trend. Ernesto decided to produce a cigar that was in memory to his late father, Herberto Padilla, who was a well known poet in Cuba born in 1932. Please check out my review of the Padilla 1968 Golden Bear for a more detailed history.
From stories I have heard, Ernesto Padilla can’t get enough of these smokes – when visiting the El Rey de los Habanos in Little Havana, Pepin claims they must watch Ernesto closely due to his tendency to go by the rolling tables and grab a few ‘too many’ – ‘Smoking the profits’ as Pepin calls it. Perhaps this is just a good sign that not only are these ready to smoke but also they fit the profile of the ones who created it! Can’t wait to try it out!
Just like the other Padilla cigars I have had, these were about as close to flawless as you could expect. Evenly packed from head to foot, the later being a bit more giving – no concerns just yet but noticeably different. The dark brown wrapper really shined, the oils almost putting me into a trance saying ‘smoke me, smoke me’. Even down to my pet peeve, the band removal, this cigar had no issues or any reason for me to be concerned. Medium sized veins run the length of the smoke but as I’ve said before, nothing within the appearance even made me think twice – perfect!
Right from the get go you know this is going to be a full body cigar, the pleasant burning cedar and spice flavors really sparked my interest and enticed me to continue. What an awesome combination, an exceptionally smooth smoke. The flavors from before really took a dip once it warmed up, but for the better – Keeping with the cedar as a base, a sweet coco was balanced out by a mildly bitter leather flavor. This was not bad but the smoke became a bit thicker at this point, starting to dry out my mouth a bit, giving me the perfect excuse to drink more beer. From time to time there was a bitter sweet flavor that I just could not put my finger on, but for some reason it reminded me of candy – damn this was a good smoke.
Although the signature 1932 has become harder and harder to locate, if you are a full body (or even a medium) smoker I think this cigar will be right down your alley. A lot of people have said nothing but good things, Cigar Aficionado even said ‘Simply a delicious and complex cigar’ – not that their word is gospel but it nice to hear from the ‘big guys’ they approve of it as well. At a little over $10.00 a stick, they are a bit on the expensive side but I’d almost consider these as a cigar I would add into my regular rotation – that good.
Every Cigar Has A Story, Every Smoke A Memory