It was a sunny afternoon in Melbourne and the thought of smoke whet my appetite for a stogie. A few worthy contenders sat in my humidor. I closed my eyes, opened my humidor, and plucked out a cigar. In my hand was a stick of expertly rolled Nicaraguan tobacco – a maduro Padron 1964 Anniversary Series.
The construction on the cigar was flawless. My humidor had been at a constant 70% humidity for about a month and the cigar was slightly spongy to touch. I chose to pair it with Bruichladdich’s Octomore, to satisfy my craving for big smokey flavours. The pairing proved to be a match made in some kind of smokey peat laden heaven.
This cigar was a delight to smoke. It was full flavoured but never harsh. It tasted of slightly burnt roasted hazelnuts and charred chestnuts, cedar and cocoa. Cocoa was the most dominant flavour in the cigar. The cigar’s finish went on and on, and there was a fair wait between puffs. The finish tasted earthy and of cocoa, with dried herbs (especially oregano) and tannic black tea leaves. Overall, this Padron was an earthy, nutty and cocoa rich cigar with a balance that rivaled an Olympic gymnast.