January 26, 2009

Weekend review; January 24 and 25, 2009

It was sort of a rainy, dreary day Saturday so I went over to the Maduro Room to hang around for a few hours. I met up with Jim and Mark Lewis. Always a nice time when I'm at the Maduro Room.

There are 3 cigars that I'm reviewing this weekend. The are:

  • Padilla '48 Series robusto
  • Torano 1916 Torpedo
  • El Rey de los Habanos Torpedo

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Padilla '48 Series robusto (5x52)

This is a very nice looking cigar. Very good construction. This cigar is suppose to be part of the Padilla/Don Pepin Garcia cigar production. They worked together at one time. Padilla's name was on the cigar but DPG blended and rolled them. This cigar was very interesting. It had a unique taste. There was a rather heavy leather flavor with a lot of spice and some pepper, along with citrus notes. It seems to have all the basic DPG flavors but in a balanced blend. No one aspect of the cigar seems to be dominant yet all are noted. The finish is fairly long with vanilla notes.

Score: 91

Torano 1916 Torpedo (6 1/2 x 54)

(pic a little fuzzy) A Cameroon cigar that has very good spice with hints of pepper. The main flavor is a creamy vanilla, something like a vanilla pudding. The finish is long with sweet notes of vanilla. The pepper intensified at the midpoint. Medium bodied.
Score: 92

Sunday, January 25, 2009
El Rey de los Habanos torpedo (6 1/8 x 52)

(Another Don Pepin Garcia cigar) Heavy almond flavor at light up. Intense spice and citrus notes with abundant pepper. The citrus/pepper finish is long. It's hard to pic the dominant feature of this cigar. It has a lot of spice, citrus, pepper, and almond notes; all intense! I cannot believe that Don Pepin Garcia classifies this cigar as mild! It's far from mild! To me, this is a medium to full bodied cigar.
Ok, after finishing the cigar I'd put the various tastes in this order of intensity:
1. Pepper
2. Spice
3. Citrus
4. Almond
This is a very good cigar!
Score: 92

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