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The Padron 1926 serie No 2 in Natural

Probably the most enjoyable smoke I've had yet.  Head and shoulders above the No. 6 in my opinion.  The following are the reasons:

The No 2 encapsulates everything I know of Padron so far - smoothness, aged tobacco taste and feeling, earthiness, coffee/cocoa flavor, creaminess(much more than the No 6).. but then it adds something in spades - light natural sweetness.  That underlying sweetness stands out as one of the base flavors throughout the entire smoking experience.  There is also very light amounts of a wood and nutty flavor as well. Very complex cigar even though i didn't detect any true transitions.  The whole thing smoked the same and that's just fine by me 'cause those are the flavors and the proportions I'm looking for.  Also on the palate you can pick up only a tiny bit of heat/spice.  Finally, I got what I've been asking for. 

The construction of the No. 2 also lends itself much better to being cut as the cap is more pointed so more room for error.  Once again the draw is loose and you should smoke slow to truly savor all the flavors.

Overall - This is the very definition of the type of cigar I want to smoke all the time.  Awesomeness wrapped up in a leaf.  Going on my wishlist and will definitely be getting more at some point. Boxworthy, but so damn expensive.

As a side note.. I smoked this first thing in the morning and even though it's rated as full strength on many sites I'd say that it's definitely full bodied but medium strength because I feel only a bit of the strength after smoking down to the nub.  
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The Don Diego Corona.

Great smoke.  Let's start with that.

It's just a very smooth, aged well constructed cigar.  I should have been smoking these from the get go.

Very nice nutty, creamy and slightly earthy flavors.  No strength and nice body.

The construction is pretty damn great.  No need to baby it because the draw is perfect.  Comes with a triple cap so there's no issue cutting it to smoke.  Absolutely great midday smoke.

Two thumbs up.  Luckily I've got another one in the humidor so I can make sure I'm not just imagining things here.
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This one was talkin' smack, so I was like - "I'm gonna light your ass up!"

The Marrero Tesoro Mio.

I'll jump right into the appearance.  Just beautiful.  Elegant and silky smooth.  I'm just amazed at how much the Marrero cigars actually look in real life exactly like they do on the website...perfect. It makes you want to smoke them.  And if you didn't notice by my self-made white band on the cigar (put on all cigars in my humidor) I've only had it since the 18th of this month.  Oh well.. couldn't wait.

So the flavors I caught were coffee like with a nice amount of nuttiness.  The best thing about the flavor of the cigar for me however is the creaminess throughout. Of course you catch a bit of woodiness but it doesn't overpower like in many other stogies. I personally didn't catch any true flavor changes but was that a bad thing?  Maybe some of you will think so.

Tons of smoke output and it burns pretty well....except, I had a problem three or four times with it going out and burning really unevenly.  I can attribute both of these things to my doing, which sucks for you reading this review because now it's not unbiased.  But I have to say that I was reading a pretty good book ("The Ultimate Cigar Book, 4th Edition") at the time so I wasn't puffing too often and as mentioned above, I'm smoking it after 5 days in my humidor.  Everyone knows once you throw something in your humidor the cigar takes weeks to get acclimated to your specified humidity, so this one was still trying to regulate itself when I started trouble.  Good thing I have another one which I'll be reporting on after a few weeks.

Overall:  Definitely a good choice as a morning smoke.  Very little strength, very strong flavor profile and tons of smoke accompanied by a great draw.  If you get it, smoke this one in broad daylight so you can appreciate how awesome it looks too.
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So tonight was my first foray into the line of Padrons.

Very relaxing Padron 4000 Natural I smoked.

Not much to review here though... the construction was amazing even though the stick looks pretty average.

The flavor was damned good from the get go.  Very deep earthy, cocoa-ish tobacco with hints of sweetness popping up when you run the smoke through you nose.  Every now and then you'd feel as if there was roasted coffee around you too.  The entire STICK was like that.  No changes or anything.  Just consistent good smoking and extremely relaxing.

This thing would have lasted a full hour and 40 or so but I just didn't have the time and stopped right about when I took the band off.  Definitely worth getting more and you definitely must have the time to smoke it if you're gonna sit with this one.

I'm impressed (as I should be).  Padron is legendary in this field so I expect big things moving on to the other blends.
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So you're not supposed to smoke cigars right outta the mail.... but I did.  The damned things looked so good this time that I couldn't resist.  I picked the Marrero Fuerte.  Marrero is a brand new maker with four blends out right now.  The Fuerte is Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Dominican binder, Costa Rican filler with a size of 5.5 x 54.

I'm a fan so far.  I got some deep earth, cocoa/chocolate throughout the whole stick and that's pretty much the base of it all the way 'til it gets to the end.  The 2nd third puts that creaminess on you (not too much though).  The final third had me struggling a little bit because the earthiness seemed to get a bit too powerful and the bitterness came in too.  Speaking of power, I'd say this is about a medium to medium/full strength stick.  If ever I had an everyday after dinner smoke -- this would be it.  Something not too expensive I can simply enjoy.

The construction was excellent.  All the way from looking at it to feeling the silky smooth wrapper.. this thing just makes you think that little cigar fairies rolled it up for you.

Overall: Yeah, I recommend it and I've got another one that's gonna sit in the humi for a couple weeks or more at 65% and see what happens then. Hopefully that bitterness at the end doesn't replicate itself.  This is going on my wishlist for now and I'll make my final decision on buying more of this particular blend after smoking it.

Can't wait to try the other blends now... they all look as if they have excellent construction. Marrero might be on to something with Costa Rica.
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Thanks Charlie I hope you get to try them very soon
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So the La Fontana Vintage Verdi.

Not exactly what I'd call a go to cigar.  It's definitely great construction and has a great draw/burn throughout the whole stick.  But the flavor profile is something you have to really work at identifying... then once you do you'll be underwhelmed.

Flavors: Hay, wood... that's about it.  Wait, almost forgot the bitterness.

At first I thought maybe I should just retrohale more, but that just wasn't the case.  There's nothing to this cigar really.  I'm sure there's some pairing out there that would bring out some flavors.  Black coffee or espresso would be my best guess so the bitterness of the coffee counteracts that you find in the cigar, exposing whatever else the stogie might have hiding.

It's not horrible, but I'm not sure most people would vibe with these bitter type flavors.  But who knows.  To each their own. 
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+Jeff Tisot you know I do it for the good of all B/SOTL.
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Alright.. so to cap off a great day filled with smokes, barbecue chicken, corn on the cob and beef links I needed a good cigar and a nice scotch.  The scotch was Lagavulin 16 and you see the cigar below: Padron 1926 serie No. 6.

Right off the bat, I'll say this: Padron needs to start double capping or making the caps bigger or something.  I'm getting tired of being worried about cutting it JUST perfectly.  But oh well, on to the flavors.

Once again, great smoke.  Take everything I mention of the padron 4000 and 6000 then add a bit more earth and pepper, you get this cigar.  It didn't knock my socks off but it's a very good cigar.  Now would I go out of my way to get this... actually no.  I would literally pick up the 6000 before upping the money game and buying this one.  i don't believe there's enough there to warrant the extra cash.  It IS better, but not that much better.  I think what was missing for me was the creaminess.  I want more creaminess.  There's a little but not enough.  Pairing it with one of my favorite drinks definitely helped but when I was smoking without occasionally sipping on that scotch, things just weren't that awesome.

I'll probably take a lot of heat for talking like this about everyone's favorite brand.. but hey, I like to keep things real.  The reality is.. it's a great cigar, but I'm not sure I'd go looking for it again at the price requested.  For half the time I was smoking it my mind kept wandering and saying to my taste-buds "damn, you should have picked the VSG Tres Mystique tonight!"

Still glad I smoked it though.  It's good stuff.
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Padrons are everywhere tonight! Can't go wrong with one! 
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The Padron 6000 (Torpedo).

Very much like the Padron 4000, but shorter and somehow a little less enjoyable.  It's still got the deep earthy flavors with that bit of cocoa coming through and also a touch of cream to the texture.  Yet somehow I was picking up a bit too much bitterness at times which would sometimes be enough to remind me of espresso but at other times be a little overpowering.

I forgot to mention the pack and draw of the 4000 last time which I'll do now for the 6000 as well because they are the same: extremely loose.  You definitely wanna be careful when smoking these.... go slow.

Overall a good stick.  If you like the flavor profile and that good old aged tobacco taste/feeling, then you should pick some up for everyday smoking.  There's absolutely no strength to these, just flavor.
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Maybe some of you have seen a couple of my rants against a certain blend of 5 Vegas cigars but my goodness.. I can't say there's anything wrong with the 5 Vegas Gold Churchill.

This is the first time I'm really writing down it's flavor profile but it's been consistent every time I've tried it.  It's buttery smooth, has a creamy and nutty aspect to it and is just smooth.  Also a very nice amount of smoke output. There's only the slightest bit of sweetness, but I'm not quite sure how to explain what it reminds me of.. it's not sugar, not honey, just a natural tobacco type sweetness and very faint.

Very mild in strength (as if you could smoke 3 in a row) but somehow the flavor the blender wanted to present is all there up in your face.

I don't know if it's the particular batch I got at the time, but this is a very good cigar and extremely cheap.  I definitely recommend it at this point.  We'll see what happens when I order more (I'm not out yet).

Just in case you're wondering, the Gold isn't the only 5 Vegas I find good.. I have had no issues either with the Classic.  Cheap and good morning/day smokes.
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+Rusty Philbeck thanks for clarifying that. I didn't wanna do the research.
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So this funny looking cigar - Arturo Fuente Hemingway Work of Art (maduro).

Starts off seeming as thought the burn will be absolutely horribly but it is in fact excellent.  Had no problems with construction and the weird shape probably helps with that.

Pretty decent flavor profile.  Earth and a touch of mild sweetness.  Nothing really overpowers you.  Pretty smooth and basic. No true pepper or spice to speak of but for some reason the cigar just tastes good.  The draw kind of leaves your mouth feeling a little dry but nothing too bad.

I wouldn't go looking for it specifically again but I sure wouldn't turn it down either. It's just that nothing really jumps out at you and if you're comparing with other 'gars that simply spell out their flavor profile on every draw... this is nothing special.
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Well, the Montecristo Classic Robusto. At least I hope that's what it is.  The bands are weird between the yellow and the classic I guess.  And I'm not too sure how to tell the difference.

Anyways, here's the thing.  I'm starting to understand why way back in the day the old cigar smokers smoked one, maybe two types of cigars and that was it.  They didn't try anything else (partly because there weren't many blends) and didn't care what anyone suggested to them.  

This Montecristo is supposed to be pretty awesome.. but it just wasn't for my palate.  Not quite bad but not quite good.  The construction however is probably the best I've ever seen.  The cap cuts off so effortlessly and in the perfect little slice revealing a great draw.  Tons of smoke output and you can let it rest for a couple minutes before drawing too.

Flavors are a bit different than what I'd expect from a typical Connecticut wrapper.  Starts off with some spice/heat and creaminess.  The baseline flavor as you move on goes through some nuttiness and sort of hay and wood type tones as well.  Only a touch sweet but not much, almost imperceptible.

Is it worth about 10 bucks?  If it suits your palate, which I'm well aware the masses have answered with a resounding "yes" already.  Once again - to each their own. 
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That was my first 'real' cigar and I enjoyed it. I nibbled on a little quality milk chocolate and the combo was delicious.
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