Cigar Reviews

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Maduro Principe

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The Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series is a fantastic, toothy looking box-pressed cigar from Nicaragua. This is the type of cigar you keep in your humidor for special occasions, then light it up sit back and enjoy. This line was released in 1994 to commemorate the Padrón Cigar Company’s 30 years in business. As you can guess, the company began in 1964 but it’s roots can be traced as far back as the 1800’s. I previously reviewed a different Padrón cigar and wrote a little bit more about the company, I won’t go into that detail here but feel free to read about it here: Padrón 1926 Serie No. 35 or you can read about it at the Padrón website.


This cigar was sent to me as part of a package from DannyP6228 on Twitter. It was aged more than 2 years and his only requirement was that I do a review when I got around to smoking it. Danny raves about this cigar and after smoking it I completely understand why. I’ve yet to have any Padrón that has disappointed me, even their inexpensive Padrón Series line is consistently good. Without further delay, let’s get to the review.

Cigar: Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Maduro Principe
Drink: W&J Graham’s 2003 Late Bottled Vintage Tawny Port
Vitola: Principe (4.5 x 46)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: Gifted from @DannyP6228 – Retails for around $10
Burn Time: 1.5 Hours


Construction:
• Nicely box pressed
• Medium brown colour, not as dark as most maduros
• Very firm feel throughout
• Foot looks tightly packed
• Evenly applied single cap
• Double banded with the bottom band having a serialized number
• Some dots all over the wrapper, giving it that nice toothy appeal
• Lots of attractive oils secreting from the wrapper due to it’s age
• Slightly open draw
• Band slid off easily, no extra glue means no damage to the wrapper


Burn:
• Toasting was easy and perfectly even
• Razor sharp burn from the first draw
• No problems staying lit, allowed me to enjoy it nice and slowly
• This is how every cigar should burn, no attention required at all here


Smoke & Ash:
• Big mouthful of smoke right from the first draw
• Resting smoke is minimal and giving off a fantastic cedar aroma
• Very light grey ash, perfectly round, with small white spots from the toothy wrapper
• Absolutely no flaking, ash is picture perfect
• Great ash, hanging on for about 2 inches


Tasting Notes:
• Wrapper has a very light aroma of cedar and cocoa
• Foot aroma is of cedar with some earthy notes and a touch of spice
• Pre-light draw is very woodsy and earthy with a hint of nuts
• Initial draws are extremely smooth with more of the woodsy, cocoa and earthy notes
• Retrohale is also very smooth with just a small bite and a smooth cedar finish
• Hints of coffee and nuts sneak in after the first few draws
• The flavors are so well balanced, each one taking turns being the prominent one between draws
• About an inch in and getting a bit of spice, closest comparison would be something along the lines of nutmeg
• At around the halfway mark, the coffee and nut flavors were the most prominent, still very smooth and enjoyable
• The body has been a smooth mild-medium throughout
• Retrohale started to pick up the coffee notes on the finish, very nice touch
• Picking up a great toasted wood flavor
• With about 1.5 inches left the coffee flavors changed to a slightly stronger espresso type flavor, loving that little change
• Body slowly increasing towards the full range as I reach the end of the cigar
• The body just suddenly went to the very full range and the coffee flavors just bursted out
• Very little harshness, smoked it down to the nub till my fingers were burning


Final Thoughts:
As with every Padron I’ve had, this one did not disappoint. Great flavors, great burn, great ash, great cigar. The price range on these is a little high but well worth it. I’m sure the extra age on this one helped. If you haven’t tried the 1964 or 1926 lines by Padron I definitely recommend trying them out.



Pairings:
My Port went perfectly with this cigar. The body of the pairings matched up perfectly and I would suggest trying it to anyone out there. Another good pairing could be a nice strong coffee, but I will strongly suggest a good Tawny Port!

Daniel T. (a.k.a. Dalamscius) is an IT Professional from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He enjoys cigars, scuba diving, hockey, fishing, nature and anything that challenges his mind. If he’s not sitting on his big comfy couch or at work you can usually find him in a boat on top of the water or 100ft under the water enjoying a dive. He is engaged to a wonderful Fiance and looking forward to his wedding. Feel free to contact Daniel anytime via email (dalamscius[at]gmail[dot]com). And make sure to follow him on twitter http://twitter.com/Dalamscius

8 Comments

  1. Dalamscius

    June 7, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Tadd, you should definitely try a few more of these out, I really enjoy them!

    Danny, thanks so much for sending this along. was a great cigar. I actually picked up a sampler of 1964’s after trying this one and I’m gonna age them awhile. I got coffee/espresso burst in the end instead of coca but either one would have been great.

    Is there any irony in the fact that your favorite cigar also has the same name as your last name? lol

  2. Tadd

    June 7, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I have only had two Padron’s in my life. I will need to check them out it seems like everyone raves about them. Thanks D!

  3. Danny Principe

    June 7, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Great job man. Dollar for dollar, this could be my alltime favorite cigar. So consistent. I find these to have a strong cocoa flavor, especially in the last third.

    This particular cigar was boxed July 2007 according to the little piece of paper, so almost exactly 3 years.

  4. Danny Principe

    June 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    It was clearly named after my awesomeness.

    Im really glad you enjoyed it. I cant get enough of this cigar, not to mention it is all my Dad will smoke. I have offered him 4+ year old Partagas Serie Ds, Petit Edmundos, $20+ Davidoffs, you name it. And he always says the same thing. “Got any Padrons?”

  5. Michael Forry

    June 8, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Great review of a cigar I have yet to try! I will snag a couple one of these days. I keep hearing great things so I better get my ass in gear and try them.

    Mike

  6. Komodota

    June 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Daniel, this is one of those reviews where it would be damn near plagurism to try to add something different. I can’t. Your review is so spot on, why bother. True story. Today I was rearranging my mega floor standing humidor to make room for a new box of Liga Privada # 9’s (Toro). One of the boxes I needed to place in a new position to make room was a box of the Principe’s. It took all of my control to not grab one right then and there. What I also like about them is that they are the perfect size to put three or four in the top pocket of a Guayaberas shirt. Nice and handy!

  7. HabanoHam

    June 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Great Review Daniel! I have 2 of these sitting in my humidor now and I definitely need to pick up a few more. I was curious on what your opinion on Padron aging is? I have heard rumors that aging them is not necessarily beneficial but your review proved the opposite. I was curious if you noticed a different/richer smoking experience from the aged principe vs one fresh from the b &m ? Thanks for the review.

  8. Dalamscius

    June 9, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Mike, definitely give them a try. It’s worth it.

    Komodota, thanks for the comments! And watch out, some guy *cough*tony*cough* may show up and try to snag that box of No.9’s from you. turn on the security system! lol

    HabanoHam, I think the aging helped smoothen it out a bit and maybe lighten the body but considering it was 3 years there wasn’t a massive change from others I’ve had. These guys seem to be good straight out of the box as well. Let us know how it is when you get a chance to try it!

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