The Padilla Vintage Reserve is the first special edition release from Padilla since their partnership with Oliva Cigar Co. began. The Vintage Reserve isn’t a limited edition but it is limited production with Ernesto Padilla saying they could produce around 500 boxes a month. Coming in 10 count boxes, that is only 5,000 total cigars a month between 3 sizes! Using an aged Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper over Nicaraguan filler and binder, this is a creation that has been in the idea vault since Padilla began their partnership with Oliva. Each box is numbered in addition to each cigar being numbered, a rarity in the cigar business that you don’t often see. With such a limited production schedule on these, it is nice to see the detail that was put into this release. Today we will be smoking the torpedo size, though there is also a double robusto and churchill size available. Let’s get to the specifics of this new Vintage Reserve shall we?
Size: Torpedo 6 1/2 x 52
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Price: $12.00/stick or $104.95/box of 10
Appearance: The first thing one notices about the Padilla Vintage Reserve is the distinct box press to the cigar. It has nicely rounded corners due to the press and is more rectangular than square. The Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper is medium-dark brown with some nice mottling to the wrapper. The seams are almost impossible to find and the torpedo cap is applied neatly around the top. The bands are intricate and carry heavy earth tones with the signature Padilla lion logo front and center on the band in a gold foil over a dark brown background. The bottom of the band features the number assigned to the cigar, with the cigar I am smoking being number 010529.
Pre-Light Aroma: The foot of the Padilla Vintage Reserve is a musky, earthy scent with a floral bouquet on the back end. There is almost no spice that I can pick up, a bit surprising considering the fillers used for this cigar. The wrapper gives off just a feint barnyard like aroma, very soft and easy. Clipping the cap reveals much the same on the draw, a musky like earthiness with an easy and open draw and a slight sweetness on the lips. The floral scent I picked up on the foot lingers on the palate after the dry draw for quite some time.
Once lit the Padilla Vintage Reserve brings a heavy and thick smoke on the draw delivering a big earthy note right off the bat. A sweet tobacco taste is also present though not as palate forward as the earthiness. The retrohale is much spicier than the palate flavor, a white pepper that is very distinct through the nose. The ash is a bit flaky though does hold fairly well, just under an inch through this third, while the burn line remains straight and even. Strength wise the cigar is a solid medium body, not too strong by any means, presenting enough strength to make you notice but not overpower you.
Into the middle of the cigar, the Padilla Vintage Reserve takes on a creamier tone, with a sweet vanilla entering the profile while the earth notes continue as well. The spice is still dominant in the nose though the creaminess also becomes present on the retrohale, a unique combination of flavors. The strength continues along the medium bodied path, not picking up any steam from where it started. The burn line continues to be even and straight with the ash falling off around the half inch mark. The flavors through this portion are complex and unique, maybe the high point of this stick because of the balance between the strength and flavors.
The final third sees the vanilla cream leave the profile, replaced by a bitter espresso flavor that pairs nicely with the still present earth that has dominated the profile from the start. The pepper has noticeably calmed through the nose in this portion, easing up in a nice way and taking a sweeter tone, an enjoyable change to finish the stick with. Strength continued to be a solid medium, never overpowering either the flavors or the smoker. The solid ash and even burn line are a great testament to how well this box pressed Padilla Vintage Reserve is constructed by the team at Oliva. Being the first of a limited run from Padilla, they definitely put together a great product. The presentation is fantastic, from the elegant band design to the numbered boxes and cigars; the cigar is smooth and delivers a wide range of flavors throughout, a winning combination in my book. If you would like to order the Padilla Vintage Reserve in any size, please feel free to call us at 800-669-7167 or click here.