Category Archives: Padron

Damaso by Padron


Price – $14
Beverage – Bottled Water
Size – No. 12 (5 X 50)
Strength – Bruce/Demi (1.5/4)
Rating – Sabotage (6/10)

Wrapper – Connecticut
Binder/Filler – Nicaragua

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m not a huge fan of Connecticut wrapped cigars. However, when Padron decided to drop a CT wrapped cigar on the market my eyes got wide, my ears perked up, and my taste buds started to warm up. I mean let’s be real, I knew I was going to try this cigar. Here are my thoughts:

1) Excellent construction, burn, and draw. One of the reasons I’m such a big Padron fan is every time you fire up any of their offerings, from the thousand series to the anniversary stuff, you know you’re going to get a good draw.

2) As usual, CT cigars are on the lighter side.

3) Creamy smoke, some pepper and wood taste

4) My smoke time was one hour and ten minutes

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? If I’m looking for a CT, which is rare, this would be on my top three list.

Would I give it humidor space? Personally no, if you’re a CT wrapper fan and don’t mind the price tag, then keep some around.

If I take my personal preferences out of the equation, the Damaso is a good cigar. More than anything, I think this gives Padron that $12-$18, mild cigar to compete for the discretionary income of Davidoff customers. CT wise, it makes my top three with the Oscar Leaf and My Father, although those could be had at a more affordable price point. Overall, if you’re a CT smoker, this deserves to be smoked as it is a good cigar.

5000 (Natural) by Padron


Price – $9
Beverage – Dr. Pepper
Size – Robusto (5 1/2 X 56)
Strength – Demi (2/4)
Rating – Rambo (9/10)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I don’t think Padron makes a bad cigar. I’ve smoked two of these in the past two days and can’t get enough. My first time lighting this up was at Casa de Montecristo at a HERF with my buddies Sal, Ray, and Ben. Here are my thoughts:

1) It’s a Padron and this pretty much goes without saying but…excellent construction, even burn, easy draw

2) This is advertised as a medium-full body cigar, but I found it to be not overly strong, not light, and just perfect.

3) Taste wise, I found this to smoke very similarly to the Havana VI Almirantes by Tatuaje. The 5000 was a nice, toasty cigar with a little bit of sweetness to it.

4) My smoke time was 50 minutes

Now to the two questions:

1) Would I smoke it again? Yes

2) Would I give it humidor space? Yes – I am calling the 5000 box worthy as a great go to smoke

I don’t think there’s much question that I’m a Padron fan. When considering you can grab a box of these at Famous for about $7.20/stick, it’s a no brainer. I highly suggest giving the 5000 Natural a shot and keeping some around as a great go to option.

7000 Maduro by Padron


Price – $10
Beverage – Dr. Pepper
Size – 6 1/4 X 60
Strength – Sly (3/4)
Rating – Expendables (8/10)

Picked up the Padron 7000 at Burning Leaf last time I was there and I’m starting to wonder if Padron actually makes a bad cigar. First time with stick and here are my thoughts:

1) Excellent burn, great construction, easy draw

2) Not a grab a garbage can strength cigar, but it’s strong, calling it a mid level Sly.

3) I didn’t find this to have those strong cocoa tastes like the Sindicato or Jericho Hill maduros, rather I taste a little cinnamon at some points, along with some coffee. .

4) Smoke time was about one hour and five minutes

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? Yes

Would I give it humidor space? Yes, in fact I believe for the quality and size of the cigar you’re getting at the price, these are a box worthy maduro if you have the space available.

Another Padron, another winner. I probably could have saved you the three minutes of reading this and just said “go buy it”, but we like to keep you somewhat engaged. I highly suggest seeking these out if you’re looking for a nice full body maduro that won’t let you down at a good price.

1964 Anniversary Maduro by Padron


Price – $23

Beverage – Dunkin Donuts Coffee w/Cream and Sugar

Strength – Demi (2/4)

Vitola – Pyramide

Rating – Expendables (8/10)

Happy New Year’s everyone! I decided that it was important for me to kick off the new year with a bang and decided to make the Padron Anniversary my inaugural cigar for 2015. I picked this bad boy up at the Burning Leaf in Aurora about a month ago and I finally fired it up today. Here are my thoughts:

1) As expected, the Padron had impeccable construction, excellent burn and easy draw

2) Nice box pressed shape

3) This is a solid Demi for me, but I could see it potentially teetering on Sly territory for some

4) Like some of the other maduros I’ve smoked recently, notably the Sindacato, you get a rush of cocoa flavor on the light. The Anniversary has some nice flavor transitions and really keeps a good flow of taste throughout.

5) The price of this stick is what makes it an Expendables versus a Rambo IV as it really is an excellent cigar.

Another Padron, another great smoking experience. If you haven’t had the pleasure of smoking a Padron, I would seek out these Anniversary sticks in both the maduro and natural offerings. These are a great, smooth smoke so long as you can avoid getting alligator arms when you reach for your wallet.

Executive by Padron


Price – $11

Beverage – Chocolate Milkshake

Strength – Demi (2/4)

Rating – Expendables (8/10)

I’m not going to lie, I’m making a concerted effort to get more into Padron cigars and tonight was another foray into the world of Padron. Here are my thoughts as I smoked the Executive and chilled with Hussein at Hollywood Smokes:

1) Solid Demi through and through, won’t knock you out strong, but just enough kick to keep your attention.

2) Had a nice oily wrapper and a wonderful square box press shape with a great draw and even burn.

3) I remember thinking to myself this is worth every penny

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? Yes

Would I give it humidor space? Yes

I highly suggest trying one of these cigars as they are very good and not as expensive as the anniversary Padrons. Nothing comes to mind for comparison purposes, but if you like medium cigars with a little kick to them, this is a perfect smoke.

1964 Anniversary Series by Padron


Price – $20

Strength – Demi (2/4)

Rating – Expendables (8/10)

I go to Hollywood Smokes and I’m feeling adventurous, coming to the conclusion that I can’t consider myself a serious cigar smoker if I’ve never smoked a Padron. Well ladies and gentlemen, there was no better time to smoke my first Padron than Thursday night after a large and wonderful Thanksgiving meal with family and friends.

I’m sitting with my boy Hassan and I fire this thing up and my eyes light up as I start to puff. Make no mistake about it, this is a very good cigar. The draw was easy and smooth, the construction was amazing, and it kept getting better the more I smoked it. The 1964 is definitely a lot more mild in comparison to what I usually smoke, but was a nice break from the constant stream of full bodied cigars I typically fire up. Don’t let the strength fool you though, this cigar has a lot of richness to it and is one of the better tasting cigars I’ve had the pleasure of smoking. Now for the two questions:

Would I smoke this again? Yes

Would I devote humidor space? Yes

I’m not going to lie and say this is an every person smoke or you should go out and buy a bunch of these, at $20+ a pop these can put a hole in your pocket pretty quickly. However, if you’re in the mood to splurge a little and want to experience a wonderful cigar, buy one and smoke it and put another away in your humidor.