Wrapper type: Maduro
Filler: Italian and Dominican
Appearance (0-20): Another nice deep brown wrapper makes it look super rich and delicious. It utilizes a triple fermented maduro wrapper so of course I love the look. The imposing size of 6”x60 is enough to make the strongest of cigar smokers give some pause. The label itself is a little gaudy, but it almost fits given the structure of the El Padrino. If there were any issues, they were hard to even recognize with such a deep background.
Construction (0-20): The El Padrino was well packed with almost no issues with the way it felt. Just the right amount of tobacco meant that it was filled to an almost perfect extent. The cut revealed a bit of excess tobacco shards, so I had some cause for concern with how this was made. The only other complaint was some fragmentation of the ash as it smoked down, and a few small runs up the side. Unfortunately for me that meant having to make small touch ups throughout my entire smoking experience.
Strength (0-20): If you were to throw a dart at a dartboard to determine the strength, this one would hit dead center. I guess I was a little surprised by this since it is such a thick / dark cigar. It’s consistently medium though, and that isn’t a bad thing by any means.
Flavor (0-20): Three main flavors will be showing up in varying strengths: coffee, sugary sweetness, and chocolate. Right off the bat it was like I was drinking a coffee with a little cream and sugar. Delicious. When that began to fade a bit, it was like the sugar kicked up and blended with a chocolate or cocoa… but eventually it found its way back to coffee. Not mindblowingly complex, but I don’t think the cigar was striving for that at all.
Value (0-20): For what you get on this one, it’s absolutely worth the $3.00 that you spend. Given some of the other alternatives out there, the El Padrino is among the top on my list of values.
Additional Notes: Paired with Gurkha coffee at Cigars International.
Overall (0-100): Pricepoint and flavor will be the major sells for this cigar. If you are the type of person who is looking for a nice big meaty cigar that won’t completely kick your ass but will still be beyond a light smoke, this one will fit the bill. Its sweet and tasty, puts out a ridiculous amount of smoke, and wont kill your pocket. However be prepared to deal with some construction mishaps and perhaps some gentle care / lighting that may need to be applied. Pick one of these up sometime, it may surprise you.