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