By: Dr. Mitch Fadem
Rating: 5 Stars
Part 4 of The Opus X Challenge
The 4th cigar in our Opus X challenge is Padron 1964 Maduro No. 4. This is a good one for the challenge. Introduced in 1994, it was to mark Padron’s 30 years in the industry. It is very appropriate that our #4 pick is the No. 4 – 64.
Construction – 6½ x 60 Box Pressed
This is a Nicaraguan puro, meaning that the wrapper, binder and filler are all grown in Nicaragua. The uniqueness of this cigar is the wrapper, it is aged for 4 years (hmmm, there’s that number four again). The wrapper is flawless with just the right amount of firmness. The pre-light draw has the perfect level of resistance. The burn is even, the ash is solid, and I didn’t want to put it down even to make these notes.
Aromas and Flavors
The aromas here match up well and mirror the flavors. I found the cigar earthy and woodsy with great smoke output. There is a hint of sweetness with a touch of white pepper. I also picked up the aroma of fresh pumpernickel bread. The cigar is smooth and consistent all the way to the last inch.
How does the Padron 64 match up to the Opus X?
This one of the best cigars I have ever smoked. I think this definitely holds its own and it is $20 (not $30), making it a better value. I still cannot justify spending that amount of a single cigar unless I have something very special to celebrate. I have to admit, it is one of my favorite cigars, but the last one I smoked before this one was about 10 years ago.