Padrón Anniversary Series 1964

13 Apr

Blender: Jorge Padrón
Maker: Padrón Cigars
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro
Flavors:  Woody, pepper, cocoa, sweet, tangy, earthy, nutty, herbal
Draw/Volume/Strength: -1 / 0 / 4
Rating: 9.5

I’ve been waiting for this moment for the past two years.

Today I’m pleased to present to you the Padrón Anniversary Series 1964. And I’m also please to inform you that today is the 2nd Anniversary of the Cigar Sasquatch. As I noted last year, the Cigar Sasquatch existed as such before this date two years ago, but since no one outside of a small group of my friends had heard the words “Cigar” and Sasquatch” used together before that date, and April 13th being the publication date of our very first review, that is our anniversary date.

Photo of Padron Aniversary 1964 Monarca

Padrón Aniversary 1964 Monarca (6½x46)

I’ve smoked literally hundreds of cigars in those 2 years, and reviewed a total of 69 of them; many of the balance will never make it to review, although a thorough scan of the Sasquatch-a-Dor shows that I could easily double my catalog of reviews without acquiring even one additional cigar. Whether this would take another two years will remain a mystery, but there is one thing I know for certain: This is just the beginning.

So what’s in store for the next year? Funny you should ask. For the traditionalists, I’m proud to offer more of the same. For the early adopters, I’m currently in talks with a number of exciting brands for early reviews of soon-to-be launched cigars. For those among you who fight the good fight to defend our political rights against taxes and regulation, I have a fresh crop of CRA-Exclusive cigars to tell you about. For the whiskey and Scotch lovers, I’ve got an ever-changing collection of choice bottles I’ll be pairing with some classic cigars and some new favorites as well. And for my fellow cigar nerds out there, I’ve got a range of rare, hard to find, and little-known cigars to tell you all about. And I might even take a (few) short trip(s) to Canada sometime this year… if you follow me.

It’s our anniversary, so I present to you an anniversary cigar, such as it is, both because it’s called the Anniversary Series, and also because it’s worthy of an anniversary or any other special occasion you may have: The Padrón Anniversary Series 1964.

It would not be unheard of to call the Padrón Anniversary Series 1964 the finest cigars in the world. You’d have to argue the point, but it’s one that could be (and has been) made. The blend is offered in ten different vitolas and is available in a sun-grown natural or Maduro wrapper. They’re all made from 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos aged for four years, lightly box-pressed, presented in the Cuban style without cellophanes, and individually numbered on the band to ensure authenticity. I selected the Monarca (6½x46) in the Maduro. The cigar is rock-solid, and somewhat rustic in appearance, with an enticing bouquet of wood and coffee beans.

But enough prelude. The first impressions of flavor are rich and woody, with contrasting notes of pepper and cocoa, and a slightly sweet, tangy texture, mixed with an earthy depth that tingles at the back of the palate. The first inch also shows an interesting combination of nutty flavors, oscillating somewhere between walnuts and toasted chestnuts, with hints of a floral or herbal aspect that remains somewhat cloaked in the background.

Really? Yeah, I’m serious. And that’s all in the first inch. Regular readers will note that I’m not prone to overly flowery depictions of flavor. I taste a lot of wood, cocoa, leather, earth, coffee, herbal, nutty, pepper, and tobacco flavors. It’s with careful steps that I tread beyond those general operators to describe something as “floral” rather than “herbal,” or identify the distinction between white pepper and black. But this is a taster’s cigar. It begs to be examined, to be scrutinized and analyzed, to be pondered over and deliberated. It’s worthy of such thoughtful contemplation. What’s more, I lit it with a cedar branch, so of course in addition to all this, it showed a distinct flavor and aroma of cedar, but as I savor the multitudinous complex layers, I’ve tried to filter that taste out, at least at first, in order to give an impression of what you could expect from a torch light. But it’s all really there. I’m staggered by the complexity.

The construction of the cigar is impeccable, with a slow, cool burn, producing a moderate smoke volume (0) of above average strength (4). The salt and pepper ash is nicely-scaled and easily holds to an inch, with well-formed cones. The only (minor) criticism I can possibly make is to describe the draw as a hair on the tight side (-1), which did nothing to detract from the experience, but rather, was the one way that the cigar fell short of positively sublime.

It remains rich in flavor and depth through the duration, with the complex palate evolving to become somewhat roasted and darker in character, as expected. The cigar smokes to a 1-inch nub in 75 minutes without ever turning bitter, and the by the finish, the strength of the blend shows itself, such that you become aware that the larger vitolas would pack quite a punch.

I easily rate this cigar 9.5, only the third cigar to achieve that score or better in my brief review history. And while I won’t say that this is the best cigar I’ve ever smoked (I don’t really have that category), I will say that this is easily the most complex cigar I’ve ever smoked. And that’s saying something.

So ends our second year. Thank you for reading (to those few of you who actually do read the often lengthy reviews), and as always…

Until next time, this is the Cigar Sasquatch saying, “Love what you smoke, and smoke what you love.”


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