Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

User Rating: / 1

felipe gregorio icon einsteinmaduro
padron 1926 80th anniversary maduro perfectoratings and scores

The burn of the Icon Einstein is pretty good. It burns evenly and has a good draw. The ash is solid and light in color. The cigar does need to be lit again a couple times but it performs well for the most part.

Flavors are where the Icon Einstein really stands out. Some cocoa and nuts kick things off. There is also a tasty mocha flavor, as well as some spiciness. A touch of cedar is present, and there is even some vanilla that comes through. The flavors are very smooth overall and fit the medium-bodied profile. This cigar goes good with a cup of coffee.

The Einstein seems like a winner. The burn is satisfactory and it is one cool cigar to look at. You will be sure to get some looks from across the room when you have it in your possession, not that it really matters. The flavors are very tasty and pleasant. This seems like a good start for beginning smokers or those who prefer milder smokes. Those expecting something with a kick may want to look elsewhere. In terms of price, the Icon Einstein is reasonable if you shop around. There are packs of five available for around $30 and boxes of 20 as well. The price has come down considerably from the MSRP of around $19 per single. For that reason, as well as the flavors, this is a cigar worth trying.

The Felipe Gregorio Icon Einstein receives a strong rating of 3.5 out of 4 stars.

Padron 1926 80 Years Maduro Perfecto


The Padron 1926 80 Years line is an extremely limited line from the brand that celebrates Jose Padron's 80th birthday. The cigar debuted in 2007 and was the first from the Padron brand to employ a Perfecto shape. To ensure quality, the line is rolled by one single torcedor. The 80 Years line is highly demanded not only for its quality but also for its critical acclaim that it has received.

The Padron 1926 80 Years measures 6 3/4x 54 in its Perfecto size, which is the only size offered. It is made from tobaccos that have all been aged for five years. The filler and binder both use Nicaraguan tobaccos. The same goes for the wrapper, which comes in either a Maduro or Natural. Strength-wise, the 80 Years Maduro Perfecto is categorized as being full-bodied.

Looking at the cigar, the first thing I notice is its prominent size. Its Maduro wrapper is also very dark. A few large veins are visible throughout the body. The cigar feels firm to the touch, and before lighting it gives off an earthy scent and taste. Two decorative bands spruce up its appearance. The top band near the head showcases the Padron name and the 1926 Serie label. Just beneath it is a smaller band that says 80 Years. Both bands look elegant with their white, gold, and maroon color schemes.

As one would hope with an expensive cigar, the 80 Years Maduro Perfecto burns flawlessly. It burns evenly and has a good draw. It also produces light-colored ash. No touch-ups or re-lighting are required.

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