This is a special edition 6×60 cigar produced by Padron exclusively sold through Smoke Inn to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Smoke Inn. It is an extremely limited production cigar likely to sellout in a matter of weeks after it goes on sale in the middle of April, 2011. This is the natural, a twin to a maduro version also released at the same time with equal scarcity. It offers a medium brown wrapper with a soft buttery feel, the color being a bit splotchy in areas. It has minimal veins, tight invisible seams, an even slightly spongy construction and a very mild cedar and tobacco scent. First light reveals medium-full body flavors of a very peppery, dry tobacco with a good bit of spice on the long finish. Smoke output is thick rich and very voluminous, with a loose easy draw. The first third bring big earth and pepper flavors with a smooth tobacco core and deep long finish. 35 minutes in near the end of the first third it transitions, going down to a medium body with still a smooth tobacco core but bringing a nice cream in replacing the earthiness and much of the pepper. 45 minutes in starting the 2nd third flavors change to a big cream and licorice kick with undertones of the smooth tobacco. 1:20 in the last third begins pulling all the previous flavors together in one smooth blend. The body is back up to medium-full but with no strength kick unlike it’s maduro twin had. Â Ending at 1:45 where it got too hot for me, the last bit showed no further changes.Â Thank you very much to Smoke Inn for sending this for review, I greatly appreciate it!
This 6.5×52 stick offers a cedar wrapper for protection, under which is dark chocolate, thick and slightly toothy wrapper with small veins, tight seams and a tobacco and cocoa aroma. First light reveals an overwhelming cedar taste that almost takes your breath away. It is very smooth and mild bodied however, with a touch of sweetness that turns almost bitter on the finish. The first third develops the wood even more adding a touch of oily earth especially on the long finish. The body is approaching medium, smoke production is low, the burn and draw are perfect. The stick remains consistent to the 1 hour mark in the last third where it finishes with a big deep earth flavor and medium-full body. Smoke production rises, still staying oily and smooth. Ending at 1:20 it proved to be a very well constructed enjoyable smoke. Thank you very much to Jeremie Plouffe for generously sending this in for review!
Sorry, I goofed on the pics from this one and formatted the wrong card This 6×52 belicoso shaped stick offers a silky soft light tan wrapper with minimal veins, a slight spongy feel and light barnyard aroma. First light gives a small amount of smoke but it’s extremely thick and chewy, leaving a heavy oily feeling. Flavors are a slight grass, cedar, and touch of tobacco. Taking a third clip off the head really freed the draw to a normal level and increased smoke and body to a much better medium. From the 1/2 way point at 45 min in through to the end at 1:15 flavors took on a creamy slightly sweet light coffee flavor, still with a rich thick smoke. The finish slowly increased carrying the creamy coffee with it. Than you very much to Ashton for sending this for review!
This 6×52 dark chocolate stick comes wrapped in a cedar sleeve, inside a black aluminum tube for easy transport and storage. Offering a robust, slightly veiny irregular roll it presents slight tooth, a firm pack and beautiful chocolate tobacco aroma. Starting on the mild-medium body side of things, it opens with a oily, smooth tobacco and black pepper flavor without any of the spice and heat, adding a hint of a bitter chocolate in to the long pepper finish. Strength wise it’s definitely got a punch, medium-full by the first inch in. By the half way point flavors had changed to a creamy sweet chocolate and coffee, with a smooth pepper finish, getting richer as it burns down. By the end of the 2nd third flavors had dropped the pepper in exchange for more cream and butter, especially on the finish, leaving an oily creamy slick on the palate. The last third brought the coffee flavor to the forefront and the pepper back but at a milder point, with just a hint of the chocolate. Overall still rich, creamy, oily and slightly sweet, it finished long and smooth. Burn and draw were both excellent all the way down without issue. Total burn time to the last inch was 1:15 where it started getting hot. Thank you very much to Ashton for generously supplying this sample for review!
This 4 5/8×52 perfecto stick offered a medium tan smooth wrapper with good seams and a rock hard pack. Presenting draw problems until 1/4″ was clipped off the head and a further 1/2″ was burned off the foot, it finally settled to a just slightly firm draw. Burn was very good all the way down giving a rich voluminous smoke output. Flavors were very consistent showing a creamy cedar wood and slight pepper kick, with a short clean finish just leaving a touch of the pepper. Total burn time was 55min. Thank you very much to Michael Yamashita for sending this in for review, I greatly appreciate it!