HBTC Flashback Review: Padrón Palmas Maduro

The Padrón family is synonymous throughout the world with luxury, quality, flavor, and consistency. Cigars that bear the Padrón family name have been smoked to celebrate championships, new jobs, new babies, peace treaties, and countless other milestones big and small. The variety of Family Reserve and ultra high-end cigars from Padrón rivals pretty much every other brand on earth. But, lest we forget, the core line of cigars from Padrón are still being rolled, still a good value, and still popular everywhere. Today, we revisit the Padrón Series Palmas Maduro.

In addition to the Palmas reviewed here, the Padrón Series cigars are available in many other sizes, from a 4.25 x 34 all the way up to a 9 x 49. Each is available in a Natural or Maduro wrapper.

Padrón Series Palmas Maduro
MSRP: $6.85
Size: 6.31 x 42
Origin: Tabacos Cubanica S.A. (Nicaragua)
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

It has a soft box press, and almost brick-color to the wrapper. There is a defined tooth and veiny texture to the wrapper leaf, but nicely made overall. The wrapper has some cedar and leather aromas. The foot smells of musty barnyard, pepper, and a little coffee.

Act I
The flavor of black pepper comes on right away, but mellows to the background almost as quickly. The smoke is plentiful, and gives off flavor notes like bitter coffee, leather, brown sugar, and some spice in the background. That same spice is present on the retrohale, but not overwhelming.

Act II
The middle of the cigar gives me some earthy flavors, and an interesting charred wood note. I also have some earthiness, almost like the smell of soil or wet forest. The sweetness, spice, and a hint of that coffee is still in the background. A little sween note that reminds me of butterscotch is on the retrohale, along with a little pepper.

The end starts to show off a few new flavors. I get some toasty notes, and some roasted nuts. The sweetness from before is was in the background, and that black pepper spice takes a step forward. As for the retrohale at the end, that is mostly made up of leather, pepper, and a really subtle sweet aroma.

These cigars are so classic, it just makes sense to include it in the HBTC Flashback Review Series. The main line of cigars from Padrón have become just as iconic as the fancier facings from the brand. The price point is low enough that it’s easy enough to keep a box of these around at all times, and you probably should. With a great draw, great burn, plenty of smoke, and really solid flavor, it’s hard to go wrong. If you’ve never tried the Padrón Series, please do so. If it’s been a while, you should revisit this old friend. It’s just as good as you remember.

Padrón Series Palmas Maduro – How Bout That Cigar?
Rating: How Bout A Box?
Overall Score: 91
PAD: +1.0 (What is PAD?)
Flavor Summary: Coffee, Sweetness, Leather, Spice
Strength Assessment: Medium
Source: Cigars for this review were purchased by HBT Media LLC

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