The dark Nicaraguan habano wrapper houses a Nicaraguan binder and filler blend. The wrapper has a rustic look with a bit of oiliness and minimal veins. It was firm and tightly packed with no soft spots or imperfections that I could find. The wrapper offered up notes of barnyard and rich tobacco and the foot had a mild sweetness. I clipped the cap with a perfect cut cutter and the cold draw to be just a bit more firm than I like with notes of molasses. I had not trouble getting things going with my single flame torch.
The initial third opens with notes of black pepper and an earthy spice. The finish is long and toasty, leaving a natural sweetness on the palate. As I progress into the first third a few caramel notes emerge, as well as, notes of cocoa and some light coffee notes.
Going into the second third the coffee and cocoa notes have developed nicely. The earthy spice has faded into the background but is still present. There were a few cherry notes that popped in and out but were very faint. The smoke has taken on a more creamy texture and the finish has gained a slight nuttiness.
The earthy spice makes a bit of a comeback in the final third as the coffee and cocoa notes really reach their peak. Some notes of cedar emerge and bring with them a slightly salty component. The caramel notes that were present in the first third start to pop in on occasion in the final third
As I nubbed the last one of these I had, I really wished I could find more. I see that they went for around 19 bucks for a bundle of 20 at some point in time on cbid. The draw was a bit firm on both the sticks i smoked but did open up some at about an inch into the burn. Burn was near perfect on both sticks, requiring only one burn correction between them. For me the coffee and cocoa notes were the predominant flavors but were complimented nicely by the background flavors, especially the woody cedar notes.
You can find more information about Padilla Cigars at their website www.padillacigars.com, find them on twitter at http://twitter.com/padillacigars
The Edicion Limitada 2009 may be impossible to find, but if you can find them I recommend giving them a try (grab more than a couple). StogieBoys.com does have the Padilla 1948 listed on their site for around 6.50 a stick. I will have to order some and see how they compare to the 1948 Edicion Limitada 2009. If you are interested in the Padilla 1948 listed on stogieboys you can find them HERE