I’ll have to admit, this is my go to cigar when I’m at Grants and can’t make up my mind. For the money, EVEN with the higher taxes in California, this cigar is priced at around $10.40 (tax included) and is a 6.5 X 54 stick that boasts a dark wrapper which is a little veiny but still has that gritty character that up close looks tasty.
Upon firing it up, spice notes and leather are clearly present. The draw is open like the lower Padrons (2000 and 3000) but the cigar burn time is much longer. Light gray ash and a pleasing aroma from the smoke make for a good visual. As the cigar burns, the leathery flavors turn earthy and the spice mellows. I usually end up chewing these cigars, just because at the end of my day as a writer I need to stay away from the keyboard as LONG as possible and this cigar generally provides me with almost 2 hours of smoke time.
This is one of the first Nicaraguan cigars I’d ever smoked and enjoyed. It’s a full puro – meaning all the tobaccos come from a single country and will give you a feel for the land, similar to terroir in wine.
I typically like to enjoy this cigar with a smooth scotch, probably Glenfiddich.