Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Cigar Rights of America Cigar Review
Like that ring in that book by Tolkien this cigar had been lost for years in my humidor. Resting safely in the bottom of a humidor, long forgotten by time this dazzlingly beautiful cigar has been preparing for this moment when it will get the torch to its feetses (it’s from Lord of the Rings; I think it was Gollum who used that term).
It is a little ragged by the cap, the wrapper is torn a little, but that is probably due to the fact that it’s been hiding for so long. The wrapper itself is an amazing deep dark brown and it is absolutely glistening with oils; it kind of reminds me of one of those penguins in a Dawn commercial getting oil wiped off of it.
As you probably noticed by the title of this review this is one of those Cigar Rights of America cigars from one of their earlier taster packs (maybe the first one, can’t remember). For the last couple of years these guys have been doing some good things to fight back against over-regulation of the cigar industry. If you can you should seriously consider donating some money to them or buying one of their holiday samplers (oops, already sold out).
I cut it, take a prelight draw, which is nice and open, then light it. It’s great from the start with strong willed spice that takes off like a rocket booster and a combination of hickory, hay and meat keeps this cigar in orbit. To me, it seems like this cigar is vacillating between a spicy and an earthy flavor profile. Basically, the smoke comes in spicy and the lingering flavors are those earthy flavors.
There is this almost minty flavor lurking in the background at around the transition into the second third. I’m not quite sure if it’s really there or if it is some phantom flavor. Is there such a thing as phantom flavors?
Ghost flavors probably aren’t real but that minty flavor mellows during the second third into vanilla. It’s not one of the top three flavors but it’s easily recognizable. The spice, which was very strong in the early goings, has relented some of its strength but not its force of flavor. Other flavors worth noting include oak and cream. This cigar is shaping up to be more like a crisp violin solo than a powerful, resonating tuba.
Sometimes I think about which cigars fit with which fictional character. For example, Seth Bullock from Deadwood would smoke a Joya de Nicaragua Fuerte Serie B because it’s a solid smoke with some good heft but without any pomp or grandstanding. Swearengen, on the other hand, would smoke some very expensive cigar even if it tasted like a wet dog just because it cost a lot. This cigar, the Padron 1964, would be smoked by someone like Peter O’Toole’s T.E. Lawrence, someone with great taste and an eye for a true gem.
While I have been going off on musical and fictionalized historical characters and their hypothetical cigars of choice this cigar’s flavors have been receding into the background. It’s a shame that they had to go this way when this cigar started out so well. Maybe this is a product of over-aging this cigar; I don’t know for sure but that would be my bet. Still, this cigar was awesome for the first two thirds and for a little ways into the final third. That is more than can be said about most other cigars.
Now, if you have read some of my previous reviews of these Cigar Rights of America cigars you know that I will not be giving this cigar a score. I think that’s fair for two reasons: first, we don’t know if this cigar is ever going to be made again in this vitola and second, the purpose of these cigars isn’t to grade them, they are meant to support the cigar smoking cause. So, even though I truly enjoyed this medium-full bodied cigar with a ton of flavor and a good draw and burn there will be no 92 point score to go along with it.