Monday, October 20, 2008

My Weekend Cigar: It's my party and I'll smoke if I want to

Since yesterday was my birthday, I wanted to celebrate it with a very special cigar. Want to guess which cigar it was? If you said a Padrón 1964 Anniversary, you'd be right. In fact it was a Padrón 1964 Anniversary Exclusivo Maduro. Sure, there were plenty of goodies in my humidor to choose from, but there's just something about the Padrón Anniversary 1964. What's also interesting is, it seems that when I ask other cigar smokers what they would smoke for their birthday, so many of them say Padrón 1964.

As usual, I was joined by my good friend, Richard-from-up-the-street. It was a clear, but nippy 45-degree night, so I built a fire in my chiminea and we were actually quite comfortable. I treated Richard to a Gran Habano Habano #3 Robusto, which he relished and paired with a flask of cognac he brought with him.

I don't know what it is about the Padrón 1964, particularly in the Maduro wrappers, but IMO, their flavor is simply amazing. Factor in the dark, oily wrappers and they look like candy bars. The pre-light flavor on the Exclusivo reminded me of something like a mocha-chocolate malted. The cigar was perfectly packed, pressed, and once lit, every "chocolaty-malty" puff was smooth, sweet, and riddled with all those other wonderfully earthy Padrón flavors.

I took my time with it, letting it rest so I didn't over-puff and turn the cigar bitter. This cigar feels good in your mouth, too. The wrapper and the way it's packed gives it a nice chewy texture. I paired it with a cup of hot cocoa spiked with a little Kahlúa, which turned out to be a really good match. The cigar burned and ashed perfectly all the way down to about a half-inch, when I just couldn't hold on any longer.

What more can I say? This cigar's reputation precedes itself. Sure, there are plenty of awesome "birthday cigars" out there to be had. But if you've got a birthday or special occasion coming up, go with the Exclusivo Maduro or any of the Padrón 1964 Anniversary Maduro cigars. They're really worth it, and you'll be glad you did.

~ Gary Korb

2 comments:

Robert Hogan said...

My birthday is Wednesday and I was down to the Opus X or the Padron 1964 Anniversary as my birthday smoke. I think I'm going to go with the Padron as well.

Happy Birthday

Gary Korb said...

Excellent. Maybe we can start a trend.
Happy Birthday,
G~