Padilla Finest Hour Maduro
Ernesto Padilla has one of the best palates in the game as far as I am concerned. That said, good luck finding his products in most B&Ms. I can tell you that I had to work some magic to get these cigars first for our club. Other clubs tried, even famed reviewers called him after our promotion efforts to request a sample to review. But here is the thing: NO one has this cigar at the moment. His first shipment came in and despite the glorious artwork for these babies, there was no logo on the front of the box! As of the time I am writing this, the box company was sending an employee to the Padilla warehouse in Miami to add the top logo. What an industry of blunders we are in. According to Padilla, The Finest Hour is about the history of Winston Churchill and end of World War 2. Padilla is a history buff whose father was a famed Cuban poet and friends with Castro. His mother is a Cuban political activist who founded an arts center in Forth Worth, Texas. So art, culture and history run through his blood. As far as the cigar, Padilla told me the Finest Hour is just that. Each cigar is a celebration and for those of us who love cigars, it is in fact our finest hour when we smoke.
Tasting Notes: Dried fruit and leather on the shaft, Nuttiness and leather on the foot. I get a lot of pencil shavings, Dark chocolate, a tingling red pepper lightly grazes the tongue, while there is a molasses sweetness and on some samples a true aged tobacco with almost a honey like note. I also received herbal and floral notes while the smoke remained creamy and had hints of leather all the way through. Call me crazy but I could have swore I tasted grape on a few puffs.
Pairing Notes: BOURBON. Medium roast coffee. A good stout beer. Milk Chocolate
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