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Friday, 21 January 2011

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pad3000pic If you like complexity, you are going to want to read today's pair of cigar reviews. On the menu today we have two cigars that are loaded with flavor. Let's see what the Padron 3000 Maduro and the Padilla Signature 1932 Robusto have to offer.

Padron 3000 Maduro

The Padron 3000 is part of the original Padron line that started in 1964. The 3000 has been recognized not only for its flavor and solid construction, but it is also said to be an affordable cigar that can be smoked on a frequent basis. The 3000 has not only received a ton of praise from cigar fans online, but it has also received high ratings from cigar publications in the past. All of that sounds great, especially the pricing part, as this hobby can take a toll on your bank account. Now, it's time to see if the 3000 lives up to the hype.

The Padron 3000 measures 5 ½ x 52. There are fourteen other sizes in the original Padron line as well. The sizes range from the small 4 ¼ x 35 Corticos to the gigantic 9 x 50 Magnum. The 3000, like others in the line, is made completely from Nicaraguan Habano seeds from the Central American nation's fertile region of Esteli. The tobacco is aged for at least 2.5 years. In addition to being able to choose amongst various sizes, the original Padron line also comes in your choice of a Natural or a Maduro wrapper. We'll be sampling the Maduro for this review. In terms of strength, the 3000 Maduro is medium to full-bodied.

The 3000 Maduro is not a flashy cigar that comes draped in elegant bands. Rather, it has an unassuming appearance that is nearly flawless. There are hardly any veins visible, and it seems to be very smooth in its square-pressed shape. The Maduro wrapper is dark and oily, and the cigar subliminally reminds me of a dark chocolate bar. A simple band sits near the head with the Padron name and logo. The cigar feels very firm to the touch, indicating that it is well-packed with tobacco. Hopefully, this does not foreshadow a tight draw. Before lighting, there is a rich taste of coffee, while the aroma is earthy.

The solid appearance and construction of the 3000 Maduro follows through in its excellent burn. The burn stays even throughout, making touch-ups unnecessary. It also stays lit until the very end. The ash hangs on for over an inch and is white in color. The highlight of the burn is its superb draw, putting to rest my fears that it would be too tight during the pre-light inspection.

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