Padron 1926 Anniversary Maduro No. 35 ( 4" x 48 ) Box Pressed
I received this cigar from the_brain in a generous bomb about two months ago. Thanks Ian. Since then it has sat in my cooler at about 62% RH. Looking online places this cigar around the $11 range.
Initial Impression and Light:
This cigar had a very dark brown wrapper with minimal veins and excellent seams. The cigar had a very dense pack and very firm feel with no noticeable soft spots. The smell of the cigar was a moderate barnyard smell. I punch cut the cigar and the draw was just about perfect with just natural tobacco flavors.
The cigar started off with a blast of pepper and chocolate. After a few puffs it settled down into a great mix of chocolate, coffee, and wood with a moderate amount of spice. The flavors were very distinct and nice. The burn was pretty good with a few strays.
In the second third, creamy coffee became the main flavor with moments of chocolate and cedar in the retrohale. The flavors were slightly more muddled in this third. The burn remained pretty good with some straying and the ash fell after about an inch and a half.
The final third of the cigar was mostly strong coffee with cedar in the retrohale. The burn was still pretty good and the ash again fell after about an inch and a half. Towards the end, the nic seemed to sneak up on me and was pretty strong. The total burn time down to the nub was just about an hour and a half.
This was a very good cigar, but for me, the price tag wasn't justified. Maybe I just can't make out some of the nuances, but it just didn't do it for me (taking into account the price).
Below is the burn progression