A little switcheroo this week after missing last week, Jerry wanted to do nine in a row after missing a couple but Walt and I managed to sneak a couple in (LOL!), so I’m presenting the Friday review this week. This Friday we have the Padron Londres maduro (5.5×42) which can be had for just under $2 each when purchased by the box. This is my go-to cigar, rarely, if ever failing to deliver and I can’t believe I’ve held off reviewing it for this long.
The Padrons grow all of their wrapper leaf in the direct sun (sungrown) producing some of the darkest naturals I’ve ever seen. Often in the B&M I’ll have to look for the sticker on the box to be sure which I’m looking at if the two aren’t side by side. The Londres is rather rustic looking in comparison with the thousand series, with the cap usually being little more than a small patch placed across the head of the cigar. This makes it very easy to snip the cap, in some cases I’ll just peal it right off after moistening it a bit. The draw is usually spot on, as this one was. I’ll often have only one or two with a slightly tighter draw out of a box, which was 25 cigars but is now 26 since the Padrons went to new boxes.
The blend is reportedly the same for the entire Padron Classic line, with the only difference being the vitola. A side effect of the vitola size is that there is a different proportion of wrapper to the filler/binder between the larger and smaller sizes. I enjoy all of the Classic line but prefer the smaller ring gauges as I feel it allows the wrapper to stand out. The body is medium to full with a really long finish, you’re not going to forget you smoked one of these for a while. The first third of this one displayed the typical espresso and occasional cocoa flavors. The burn was a bit uneven and required a touch up or two but even out in the wind on the back porch the ash was never flaky.
Part way through the second third the body built a little bit to a nice full, with dark rich tobacco flavors and no hint of harshness. I don’t generally find these too spicy, though occasionally the first few draws have a hint of black pepper spice to them. I’ve had this one in my humidor for probably close to a year now, it’s the last from a couple of boxes I bought at the end of the summer last year and I think they’ve just continued to get better. The ash was dark gray with a few light gray spots and fell in dense one inch pieces.
This cigar continued to deliver great flavor down past where the band had been without ever getting hot or harsh, even though I picked up the pace a bit as the sun went down and the mosquitos began to come out. I’ve tried the natural wrapper and don’t dislike them, but I find them more woody and spicy than the maduro. I admit it, this was a biased review from the beginning, I love these things and usually try and keep a couple of boxes on hand. I’m not sure there’s a better sub $2 cigar available with construction this consistent from a better family than the Padrons.