Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Torpedo Reviews

Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Torpedo

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Apr 17, 2002 (Updated Apr 18, 2002)
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Pros:Excellent construction. Beautiful in all physical respects.

Cons:Not as flavorful as I hoped. There are others I like better.

The Bottom Line: There are other cigars that I like better -- such as the CAO L'Anniversarie Cameroon Belicoso (which is more reasonably priced at about $7 each).


Last week, I was flipping through the April 2002 Thompson & Co. cigar catalog and on page 52 my eyes rested on an offer "For the Very Serious Collector."

100 Padrón Millennium 1964 Anniversary Series cigars.
1 Italian handcrafted case/humidor.
1000 cases produced, only 2 available.

Price: $4,500.

Yep. That's $45 per cigar. Each cigar is individually numbered and made from tobacco that was aged for five years.

Well, not feeling adequate since I've yet to try a Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series cigar, and, sadly, not having $4,500 laying around to burn for a box, I did the next best thing.

I went to The Educated Cigar and purchased a sampler pack of four of the highest rated cigars in the world.

For $99, I received:

1 - Padron 1964 Aniversario Torpedo Maduro, Nicaragua (rated #1)
1 - Fuente OpusX Perfecxion #2, Dominican Republic (rated #3)
1 - Padron Magnum Maduro, Nicaragua (rated #4)
1 - Ashton VSG Torpedo, Dominican Republic (rated #5)

The #2 rated cigar in the world, the Montecristo "A" (a 9¼" Giant) could not be offered because this is a Cuban cigar.

The "ratings" for these cigars were assigned on a "highest average multiple year rating basis" according to "our [The Educated Cigar's] compilation of all published ratings (from Cigar Aficionado, Smoke, and Cigar Insider) between January 1996 and December 2001."


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Padrón 1964 Aniversario Torpedo (Maduro)
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I Already Spent my Tax Refund.

I believe the tobaccos for Padrón's anniversary-release cigars are all sun-grown Habano -- grown from Cuban tobacco seed -- in Nicaragua and all tobacco used is aged for a minimum of five years. (This is a Nicaraguan Puro; the wrapper, binder, and filler tobacco are all grown in Nicaragua.) This box-pressed Torpedo measures 6-inches in length and has a ring gauge of 52 (52/64ths of an inch in diameter, although it feels smaller in the hand). Each handmade cigar is individually numbered (mine: 450694) and outfitted with a beautiful, elaborate band to make it difficult for counterfeiters to imitate. The cigar's smooth wrapper exhibits excellent quality, shade and consistency. The barrel is slightly rectangular in shape and is firmly filled. The head is rolled to a sharp point, with a very densely compacted roll of tobacco making the draw slightly firm and even a bit difficult. Aroma is slightly woody and closed, and not as fragrant as I thought this cigar would be. Flavor was woody (cedar) with a lightly sweet, sugar tip. Somewhat spicy on the lips with a faint taste of cocoa. The cigar burned with a narrow carbon rim at the lit end, producing a solid white-colored ash cylinder that grew evenly. I had not troubles or rough spots with this cigar, although I thought the draw was slightly plugged.


Price and Availability
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I've seen retail prices for this cigar at about $250 per box of 20. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find a dealer that has a supply of these cigars on hand, and most tobacconists are suggesting that interested parties call first before attempting to make an online order.

Atlantic Cigar (atlanticcigar.com) is currently advertising this cigar at $252.

The Educated Cigar also offers a special on this cigar that allows those interested to try it without buying the whole box: 2 Padrón 1964 Aniversario Torpedoes for $37.

Their website: http://store.educatedcigar.com/

I've placed three different cigar orders with The Educated Cigar over the past two months, and each time my order arrived within 48 hours (and I only paid the standard -- and very reasonable -- $5 shipping charge). The $99 Sampler Pack I ordered, by the way, was carefully packed in a special Humi-Pouch(TM) to preserve the freshness of the precious cargo. I was very pleased with my purchase.


Recommendations
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A beautiful cigar, delightful to hold, full-bodied, but wouldn't rank as the world's best cigar in my opinion. Still, very excellent and -- although expensive -- recommended. Was a pleasure to try. An excellent cigar to pair with a quality Añejo tequila. I happened to smoke this cigar with a beer: the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen, which paired well with this cigar.


Verdict: 4-stars. I liked it, but there are other cigars that I like better -- such as the CAO L'Anniversarie Cameroon Belicoso (which is more reasonably priced at about $7 each).


Recommend this product? Yes


Cigar Name: Padrón 1964 Aniversario Torpedo (Maduro)
Cigar Rating: Better than most
Price per cigar ($US): $12.50-18.50

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