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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

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alt Today’s reviews on Puff.com are all about cigars from Padilla and La Palina.  Let’s take a closer look at the Padilla Series ’68 and the La Palina Classic.

Padilla Series ’68 Robusto

As with many cigars that have a year attached to their name, the Padilla Series ’68 has a bit of an interesting background.  The year 1968 was chosen because of its importance to the Padilla family.  In that year, Herberto Padilla, Jose Padilla’s father, was arrested after he published poetry that criticized Fidel Castro’s communist regime, which is a definite no-no in those parts.  The Padilla Series ’68 is not the first cigar from Padilla to be attached to a year of importance for the family, as two other lines were released for 1932 and 1948 as well.  The 1932 line celebrated the year in which Herberto was born, and the 1948 line celebrated the year when his first book of poetry was published.  Not bad for a 16 year old at the time.  Now that you know some of the background regarding how the cigar got its name, it’s time to see what the Padilla Series ’68 has to offer.

The Padilla Series '68 Robusto measures 5 x 50. The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro made entirely with tobaccos from the Central American nation. The filler is a mixture of Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo tobaccos. The binder is Nicaraguan Criollo, and a Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper tops things off. In terms of potency, the Padilla Series '68 is listed as being medium to full-bodied.

The Padilla Series' 68's appearance is easy on the eyes. The decorative band near the head sticks out with its mostly red, gold, and beige colors. It has a nice size and shows the Padilla logo and Series '68 moniker. There's also a denotation that marks the batch number. The cigar has a chocolate colored wrapper with just a bit of oil. There are a few veins all throughout the body, but the overall feel is smooth. The cigar is firm and does not have any soft spots. The pre-light aroma is earthy. The cold taste, however, is sweet.

After striking the Padilla Series '68 with my lighter, it lights effortlessly. The burn only requires a few small touch-ups and zero re-lights. The ash is solid and light gray in color. There's a great volume of smoke that is generated throughout the gradual burn. I have no complaints about the draw, but it is worth noting that it's more easy than tight.

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