Padrón 1964 SI-15 Natural (Prerelease)

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This year will mark 15 years Smoke Inn has been in business. If you aren’t familiar with Smoke Inn you really should check them out. They have been providing the South Florida cigar community with great customer service, a knowledgeable staff and a wonderful selection since they opened up. Abe Dabenah is the owner and all you have to do is speak with him for a few moments to realize that he is very passionate about cigars. This isn’t just a business for him, this is a way of life, and that shows in his dealings.

The Padrón 1964 SI-15 is something very special in that it will be the largest Padrón cigar produced to date, coming in at a whopping 6 x 60. We are told the blend of this cigar has not been altered in any way—except what is necessary to make a larger cigar—it’s everything you would expect from the 1964 line, but we are told this size has really created something unique in the way it smokes and tastes. All the tobacco in these cigars have been aged for at least four years.

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This Padrón cigar is the second installment of a four-part series of 15th Anniversary cigar releases that Smoke Inn will have this year. You may remember the Tatuaje Anarachy at the end of 2010, that was the first installment and we are told the third installment will be a box-pressed My Father cigar this summer, with a Fuente cigar to follow in the fall.

Padron SI-15 Natural & Maduro

As with the regular Padrón 1964, line this Smoke Inn 15th Anniversary will come in Natural and Maduro wrappers and will be available in five-packs and 15-count boxes.

Padron SI-15 Natural 1

  • Cigar Reviewed: Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series SI-15 Natural
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacos Cubanica S.A.
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Size: 6 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 60
  • Vitola: Double Toro
  • MSRP: $18.50 (Boxes of 15, $277.50)
  • Release Date: April 2011
  • Number of Cigars Released: 275 Boxes of 15 Cigars (4,125 Total Cigars)
  • Number of Cigars Smoked for Review: 1

This cigar is massive and it’s really cool to see a Padrón cigar this big! Visually it’s everything you would expect from a Padrón 1964, it has a gorgeous milk chocolate wrapper with little veins here and there and a seamless wrap. The cigar itself is firm but also has an airy feel to it and with most Padrón cigars you know it’s going to be a loose draw. The cigar has a wonderful box press to it  and a nicely applied cap at the top with a flat head. It feels very smooth in the hand with a little bit of an oily sheen. The pre-light aroma was everything Padrón with a ton of earthy aromas, a lot of cedar and aged tobacco. The cold draw was as I expected very loose but with wonderful flavors of cedar and earth.

Starting off in the fire third the first thing I wrote was “This thing is a smoke stack!” I mean it literally produced massive white clouds of smoke. Initial flavors were excellent, a lot of cedar and coffee. The profile is very toasty with a nice spice and pepper kick. The finish is long and clean and is peppery and leathery. Indeed a good start.

Padron SI-15 Natural 2

Coming into the second third the flavors increased and got much deeper. The coffee turned more espresso like with a little bit of bite and I got a nice rich dark chocolate flavor. The cedar hung in the background with a little bit of nuttiness and the long peppery and leathery finish offered a nice balance to everything else that was going on. The burn is good, getting a little wavy at times but nothing needing touching up and the draw while very loose doesn’t bother me as it’s allowing me to get a ton of smoke out of it.

Padron SI-15 Natural 3

Finishing up in the final third the cigar mellows out considerably. It gets very creamy through the nose and the cedar returns to the forefront and shows some real aged qualities. The dark chocolate turns to more of a sweet cocoa and there is a nice nutty flavor on the finish. The pepper and spice are still present, but are very mellow and just offer up a touch of depth and complexity. Despite it’s mammoth size I was able to nub this easily.

Padron SI-15 Natural 4

Final Notes

  • I have to say that the 6 x 60 vitola is not a personal favorite, but regardless of the size the box press made it a bit more manageable in my hands and mouth. I also thought this was very complex for a 6 x 60 in my experience this vitola tends to drown out the wrapper flavors and the result is a one dimensional cigar but this was not that. I found it to have a very typical 1964 profile but with even more flavor because of the large cool smoke output. It was definitely a pleasure to smoke despite the size.
  • I did not smoke the Maduro so I can’t comment on it for comparison, however Brooks will be smoking the Maduro for the review at the end of the week on Friday. As the 1964 line in general goes I am a fan of the Natural. Typically, I am a Maduro smoker but I really enjoy the mellow complexity of the Natural wrapped 1964’s and while I haven’t smoked this particular Maduro I can see myself going in that same direction favoring the Natural but who knows?
  • The Padrón SI-15 is limited to about 500 boxes so if you have any desire to purchase a box I would pre order them now because I don’t think they will last that long. While $18.50 sounds like a lot of money for a cigar it’s actually a good deal considering it’s a Padrón 1964 and how much tobacco you are getting in this vitola. Please call 1-888-smokes-1 or go to SmokeInn.com to order.

92 Overall Score

I really enoyed this cigar and while the internal blend is no different than the regular 1964 line I thought it offered a completely different smoking experience. It had the most smoke production out of any cigar I have had and it offered an incredibly cool and flavor smoke. I really liked how it went from a real spicy beginning to a full flavored middle and finished with a mellow profile at the end. Each third offered a change from the last and when smoking a cigar as large as this that is very important. I will be buying a box of these for sure.

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Brooks Whittington
About the author

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.

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