Padilla Signature 1932 - Released in 2006 by Padilla, the 1932 has garnered quite a bit of attention from the cigar community. Owner of Padilla, Ernesto Padilla, made this cigar in honor of his father; 1932 is his father's birth year. A collaboration between Padilla and Don Pepin Garcia, the 1932 was blended by Pepin and is rolled in Pepin's Miami-based El Rey De Los Habanos factory.
The cigar is a Nicaraguan Puro, featuring a 5-year aged Corojo wrapper. The binder and filler are made of Criollo leaf and are aged for a substantial period of time as well. The Signature 1932 is made in limited quanities and I've heard a lot of guys rank this cigar as one of their favorite smokes.
Prelight - I've heard a lot of good things about the 1932 and have never had a chance to smoke one. I'd like to thank my friends at CigarsDirect for this sample. The cigar looks like a good smoke, the wrapper is a toothy light brown and is shimmering with oil. I mention that because the cigar has a hell of a lot of oil for a wrapper this light.
The overall construction seems solid and the cigar is heavy in the hand; a good indicator that it is well-packed. Firm throughout, I don't see in apparent flaws. I would expect nothing less from a Pepin-made stick.
The cigar smells fresh and sweet. The prelight draw has a welcomed amount of resistance with a sugary taste. I've been waiting a while to enjoy one of these, lets see how it goes.
Sparking it - The cigar starts off with big clouds of light brown smoke. I get a little bit of spice in the first few puffs, but that soon fades into a creamy sweetness. The ash is burning into a spotted gray and light gray mix, and I go about an inch before moving to ash. Judging by the strength of the ash against the ashtray, I could have kept it going for a while without it falling off.
I've heard that the Padilla Signature 1932 was a full-flavor but I don't necessarily agree. While there might be a lot of flavor, the body is mild in my opinion. I'm not saying that in a bad way, just a lot smoother than I expected.
The cigar is remarkably smooth and creamy, almost tasting like root-beer. The flavor is complex in itself, but there isn't much evolution as I approach the half-way mark. I'm really enjoying the flavor and am anxious to see what it develops into.
Smoking it - The cigar burns like a champ throughout the smoke. No touch-ups necessary, no re-lights, just enjoyable smoking. After the halfway point the body picks up a bit, but it stays on the mild side of medium. The creamy sweetness lingers all the way through the cigar. I must say the final third was the best part of the smoke. Shortly after the halfway point I started to get a little flavor evolution, and by the beginning of the final third I was tasting something like roasted chestnuts and a stronger vanilla flavor.
I enjoyed the 1932. Not as powerful as I expected, but it was a tremendously sweet and creamy smoke. The flavor profile was unique. I've smoked cigars that had similar qualities, but not the abundant flavor with the creaminess.
I recommend this cigar to anyone looking for a creamy smoke. You could enjoy this cigar any time of the day. I smoked this on an empty-stomach and was left with no head-ache or churning stomach. This would be great paired with a dark-roast coffee to balance the sweet profile.
Overall - B