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"This one is in my Top 10"

Review by: bitstream
Review Date: 03/08/2006
Rating: 8.67
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Review Notes: I have tried a lot of smokes, from $3 Gisperts all the way up to $21 Padron 1926 Anniversarys and the 1964 Exclusivo Maduro is in my Top 10. Granted the top spot is a Cuban and others are less expensive than this one, I still keep a couple of these around to enjoy when I have time to smoke the whole thing. The first thing you'll notice about these sticks is the construction; it's first-class, bested only by Davidoff and other top-tier smokes from Fuente and Ashton. Dispite the high price, you get more than meets the eye, as these are dense and slow burning; if you're not careful it will go out on you. It has a smooth maduro wrapper with nary a blemish in sight. Unlike some maduros, this one doesn't have a shine to it, but the Padrons are known for making mild-to-medium bodied smokes, so the flavor here is more of a sweet-and-smooth rather than the bold, spicy sweetness that you'll find in other maduros. These sticks burn great, producing a nice amount of sweet smoke and a bright white ash. In terms of flavor, this mild-to-medium bodied stick has hints of cocoa and a little coffee, with a slight hint of nuts and toast. The only downside to this smoke, in my humble opinion, is that the smoke leaves a slight dry feeling on your pallete, similar to that of red wine. It's not a bad thing, but it's not for everyone. The finish is also very short. When I pay top-dollar for smokes, I almost expect that great flavor to last for hours afterwards. Regardless of the shortcomings (which are really minor) I will say that this is a great smoke that few people would be disappointed with. Dispite the high price, I believe that these are superior in flavor and value when compared to the 1927 Anniversary edition. This smoke should appeal to just about every cigar smoker, regardless of body preference. It's mild enough that newbies and lighter smokers should enjoy it, yet it has enough body and flavor that all but the most hard-core should enjoy.

Does this reviewer know this cigar? Yes (9) No (5)



   


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