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18 years of reflection with a Padron 80th Review

This is a discussion on 18 years of reflection with a Padron 80th Review within the Non-Habanos Reviews forums, part of the General Cigar Discussion category; For the BOTLs who know me well, it doesn't take long to learn that I'm clean and sober. Have been ...

  
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    PSHC and lovin' it tedrodgerscpa's Avatar


     

    18 years of reflection with a Padron 80th Review

    For the BOTLs who know me well, it doesn't take long to learn that I'm clean and sober. Have been for a while.

    18 years as of today.

    It's funny being in this hobby, because the food and drink forums often discuss pairings with this cigar or that... Herfs often involve adult beverages. Usually, work functions are harder to get through than a herf when it comes to alcohol consumption. Cocktail parties and afternoons on Lake Murray are often met with confusion... "Whadda ya mean, you don't drink?" "Are you Mormon or something?" "Don't you think you could handle a drink after all of these years?" "I bet you're fun to be around when you've had a few..."

    However, I've never had to explain my sobriety in great depth with the folks I've met here. They know that my 'thermostat' is simply broken, so I don't drink. I've never been met without a load of understanding from the Palmetto State Herf Crew, and I thank my southern BOTLs for that.

    At any rate, I decided tonight was as good as any to reflect on the last 18clean and sober years of my life with a Padron 80th... After such a glowing CA review (a 95), I figured this was momentous enough of an occasion to put fire to foot.

    I picked this stick up in Charleston in February of this year, and it's been resting comfortably at the bottom of my desktop ever since. The cost was not cheap, at $29.95. Not an every day stick.

    A quick Palio cut and an unseasonably cool night with a LP heater, and I'm off to the back porch with my dear friend of six years, a Retriever/Chow mix named Zeke. Yeah, and per usual, it's accompanied by black coffee... At this hour, decaf is the hearty brew.



    The form of this stick is wonderful, a true figurado tapered at both ends. I forget to bring the camera out or do a pr0n style layout before starting with it, but I come to my senses with less than an inch in on the stick.



    The box press is strong, and I needlessly worried about the draw before lighting. The draw was, in two words, absolutely perfect. I've been disappointed in high-dollar sticks before, but this is not the occasion here.

    The flavors are incredibly intense and complex. There's a nearly floral profile to the stick, alternating with leather and then earthiness. If you're not a fan of floral smokes, this may not be your cup of tea. However, the dynamicness of this stick is unrivaled.



    Sadly, I get called 'all in' QJ spades against K10 spades, and my flush is beaten. Oh, well, the stick doesn't loose any luster as a result!

    Two inches in, and the ash is snow white and holding on like a champ. I'm dying to see how long it holds on. The burn is perfect.

    At nearly the half-way point, the ash drops off perfectly into the Stinky ashtray, and was solid.



    Deep into the second third, the stick becomes much more medium, but still maintains an exquisite flavor profile. This one is destined to be nubbed!



    The stick never becomes peppery, and not what I'd even remotely consider to be spicey. It has it's own flavor profile, very unique in the way. Reminds me of a well aged God of Fire I recently had the pleasure of smoking, in that the taste was unique... It tastes simply like a Padron 80th, and no other explanation comes close!

    In the last third, the flavor profile becomes much milder than the first two thirds. This is a nice change, and one I simply didn't expect. Even though I have a fondness for full bodied smokes, this one is ending on a nice note.

    All in all, I couldn't have asked for a better night to reflect, with a better life and better stick!

    Last edited by tedrodgerscpa; 04-30-2008 at 12:48 AM. Reason: wanted to add a nub pic

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    Re: 18 years of reflection with a Padron 80th

    congrats on reaching that 18 year mark, you definitly chose a great cigar to smoke to celebrate a great accomplishment! Congrats and stay strong!

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    Re: 18 years of reflection with a Padron 80th

    Great review and great accomplishment. We in the PSHC consider you a great friend. Congrats.

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    Maturing Puffer Fish Boss Hogg's Avatar


     

    Re: 18 years of reflection with a Padron 80th

    Congrats on your 18th year of sobriety What a way to celebrate as well. I have the 1926 A. no 9 and the draw is exactly how you described it. Very good review and love the pics Keep it up

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    Re: 18 years of reflection with a Padron 80th

    Great Review and very nice Pics. I am going to have to break down a try one of those, after I save some money.

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    Re: 18 years of reflection with a Padron 80th

    [SIZE=3]Awesome accomplishment, and thank you very much for sharing a part of your life with us. The smoke looked fantastic as well.

    Seems cigars have a natural reflection characteristic to them, in some ways I consider a cigar to be the catalyst for looking within, particularly when smoking alone.

    I would raise a cup of coffee and a great cigar with you anytime amigo and hope to get a chance to someday.

    Smoke em in good health and here is to 18 more.

    Much Respect,

    Shawn
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    Maturing Puffer Fish carterwsu's Avatar


     

    Re: 18 years of reflection with a Padron 80th

    Congrats on 18 yrs, and what a cigar to celebrate it with. You deserve it. Great Review. Loved the pics. Stay strong. Cheers to 18 more.

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    Re: 18 years of reflection with a Padron 80th

    Congrats on your 18 year anniversary of sobriety! Those who question your choices aren't deserving of a response. Although I am not a teetotaler, I respect your decision to abstain.

    Vodka is food....who's hungry?

    You're welcome, Dave.

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    Re: 18 years of reflection with a Padron 80th

    Congrats on your 18th Anniversary. Thanks for the cool review!
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    At Cigar A s y l u m :) Ratters's Avatar


     

    Re: 18 years of reflection with a Padron 80th



    I'm a fellow non-drinker, though mine is just cause I don't like it. It's amazing how many times the only drinks provided at a social gathering is alcohol. I've learned over the past several years to just bring a small cooler with sodas wherever I go. Now I'm never left with nothing to drink.

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    Full grown Puffer Fish Little General's Avatar


     

    Re: 18 years of reflection with a Padron 80th

    18 years... You Rock!

    Oh. and nice review too...

    E7 Pay-O7 Attitude

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    Re: 18 years of reflection with a Padron 80th

    Congrats on the milestone bro. I am honored to call you a friend.
    Nice review on a nice looking stick. I have a couple that I am gonna light up eventually.
    BIA!!!

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    Huge Puffer Fish packed with spikes Volt's Avatar


     

    Re: 18 years of reflection with a Padron 80th

    Happy Brithday!

    I have a chow aloso, great pooches.
    Friends don't let friends smoke fruity cigars!

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    Re: 18 years of reflection with a Padron 80th

    That is AWESOME!! Good for you.

    Great smoke I hear and Zeke looks like a great smokein' buddy.

    All the best,
    Al

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    in a straitjacket Don Fernando's Avatar


     

    Re: 18 years of reflection with a Padron 80th

    18 years, that is a long time. Much respect for your strenght.


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