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Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran
Size: Toro 6.0″ x 50 ring
Courtesy of CigarsDirect.com

Like the Padilla Signature 1932, the Series ’68 is another tribute to Ernesto Padilla’s father Heberto.  In my review of the Signature I mentioned that Heberto Padilla was a Cuban poet and linked to a profile of him that was written by Cigarfan at The Keepers of the Flame.  Where the Signature 1932 celebrated Ernesto’s father’s birthday, the Series ’68 commemorates the year his father was placed under house arrest for his series of poetry that was very critical of the Castro regime in Cuba. It is a limited edition cigar with only 100,000 cigars produced.  The Series ’68 has another unique attribute.  It is made in Honduras.  As far as I know all the other Padilla cigars are made in Nicaragua and Miami.  The Series ’68 is made for Padilla by Flores Tobacco in Honduras.  Made mostly of Nicaraguan tobacco, it does contain some Honduran tobacco in the filler.

The Series ’68 is an handsome looking cigar with a smooth, dark brown wrapper that has a dry appearance to it.  It has a Padron Anniversary like look to it enhanced by the dual bands.  Under the standard cigar band is a second band containing a serial number very much like the send serialized band found on the Padron 1964 Anniversary cigars.  You can see the second band sticking out below the top band in the picture above.  Just click the picture to get an enlarged view.

I really enjoyed how this cigar starts off.  Slightly sweet with some spice that I would describe as clove, it is very smooth right from the beginning.  It didn’t take long for the clove flavors to fade though.  About an inch and a half in it mellows out a lot and has a somewhat nondescript creaminess with a nutty undertone, but in truth it’s muddled and kind of bland. It remained pretty consistent the rest of the way, never changing except that it started to develop a slightly bitter finish.  It picked up a little towards the end getting a little spicy but it just never did anything to hold my attention.  The construction was very good though.  The burn was even, the ash well formed but required tapping every inch or so.  It is a pleasant enough smoke that shows some promise at the start but it just never lives up to it.  A bit to mild and one dimensional for my tastes.

Rating – B

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