Every ‘special’ Padron I have ever smoked wowed me, from the 1926 series, 1964 series and the anniversary series to the custom rolled that I smoked while doing an interview with Jorge Padron for my Dutch website, all are cigars that end up in my top 10 of ‘best cigars I have ever smoked’. I had never smoked this 4×48 No. 35 before but I picked a few up when I was in the USA last november.
The cigar is small and box pressed with a dark and shiny wrapper. The cigar has the signature Padron serial number on the band, those numbers allow Padron to recognize counterfeit cigars. The construction feels good. I smell a spicy barnyard. The predraw is fine and tastes a bit sweet.
I taste a full coffee flavors with some pepper and herbs. After a quarter of an inch the flavors are a mild sweet cedar wood flavor with some herbs and some pepper in the aftertaste, The coffee has disappeared. I even taste a mild chocolate flavor. After three quarters of an inch the main flavor is herbs with a hint of cinnamon and the cinnamon slowly becomes stronger.
Halfway I taste wood and something sweet next to the cinnamon, the herbs have moved to the aftertaste. The flavors are unique, you can taste that Padron is something special. Near the end I also taste a little bit of chocolate, a really tiny bit though. The last few puffs give me toast and roasted nuts.
Even though this is just a 4 inch cigar, it lasted me an hour and a half. The draw was great. I got a lot of thick white smoke and a great burn. The medium gray ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Oh yeah!
Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 9 / 10