Tuesday 15 April 2014

Review - Padrón 1964 Diplomatico Natural - 96/100

In 1994, Padrón launched an anniversary series to celebrate the 30 years of existence of Padrón Cigars.

In 2014, I am reviewing the Padrón 1964 Diplomatico (natural) from this series to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

The celebration starts with somewhat mixed emotions - The cigar has a beautiful matte wrapper and a very beautiful double band (the other has the serial number of the cigar below the actual band). Then there is the cap. Why is there such an ugly cap on this beautiful cigar? And why have they box pressed it? There is something about box pressed cigars that does not appeal to me.

I am not, however, going to judge the book by its covers. And if you share my opinions about the cap or the box pressing, Please, do not miss the opportunity to try the Diplomatico. You will not be disappointed.

The unlit aroma of the cigar gives away a blend of wood and a mixed spice, leading down the stairs to an old bakery. Lighting the cigar, the old oak walls and furniture of the bakery combine with cinnamon, cardamom and ginger creating an intoxicating flavor profile.

When enjoying the cigar a bit further, down to the mid way point, the flavor profile keeps developing quite nicely. The cigar gets more earthy and comes up with some hints of pepper, especially on the exhale. The flavors power up without turning this medium bodied cigar too strong or harsh, continuing to be a smooth experience of true craftsmanship.

The development of the flavor continues to the last draw, bringing forward also some floral notes to accompany the earthiness, spice and mild pepper on top of the tuned down wood. All the way through, the finish is quite short and dry.

To summarize, the Padrón 1964 Diplomatico is an amazing cigar which earns its place among my all time favorites. Who cares about the ugly cap or the box pressing when you get to experience something like the cigar has to offer!

Origin : Nicaragua

Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua

Points: 96/100

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