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Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Diplomatico

Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Diplomatico

  • SIZE: 7 x 50
  • STRENGTH: Medium to Full
  • WRAPPER: Nicaragua
  • BINDER: Nicaragua
  • FILLER: Nicaragua
  • ASH: Grayish white, slightly flaky but very strong

After a long day at the office, I had to then travel home where I was to soon be making a small fence on the side of my house. I knew it was going to be a long night. The fence was successful, but boy was I exhausted. I truly felt like I needed something rewarding for what I had accomplished that day and what better cigar than a Padron. I decided to smoke the 1964 natural Anniversary Diplomatico (Churchill). Padron cigars are a brand known worldwide for their persistent consistency and quality product. Jose Padron was born in 1926 and at a young age farmed tobacco in Pinar Del Rio, which is a prime area for cultivating tobacco in Cuba. In 1961, Fidel Castro nationalized Jose Padron’s farm. This then led to Jose getting a job as a carpenter in Miami, simply with a hammer he received from his friend. This hammer earned Jose the $600 he needed to start a tobacco farm.

Today, Padron cigars are run by both Jose and his son Jorge Padron and are the most well known name for a quality product. Their cigars have been rated multiple times by both Cigar Insider and Cigar Aficionado and to my knowledge they’ve only had a few cigars rated under 90 points and a ton rated over 90. Padron cigars have also been in Cigar Aficionados Top 25 cigars of the year in 2004 and 2007. In 2009, the Padron No.45 was crowed number 1 cigar of the year! You don’t get to be number one if you really don’t try your hardest at what you do and clearly the Padrons do; they have the ratings to prove it. If you still don’t believe all the hype, go to your local cigar shop, pick one up and SMOKE IT—they speak for themselves. I can honestly say that I respect Padron cigars and I do really enjoy them a lot. They truly do remind me of that Cuban-like taste and tradition. Jose did a great job on maintaining his family’s heritage that dates back to the 1850’s and the No.45 Maduro was one amazing cigar that I would defiantly smoke on so many occasions.

The 1964 were created in commemoration of the companies 30 years. This cigar is a limited release Nicaraguan Puro (only Nicaraguan tobacco). Each cigar has an authenticity band beneath the Padron label (this cigar was No.807952). This cigar is a four-year aged tobacco and debuted in 1994, which means that this blend is now 16 years old. This cigar is available in a Maduro wrapper and Natural . Today, I am smoking the Diplomatico which is 7 x 50 box pressed. The wrapper is not your typical everyday wrapper that you see. It has some evident veins that run across it and the wrapper has an almost slight wrinkle to it: it was hardly toothy and slightly oily.

Taste Profiles

Immediately after lighting the foot, I was rewarded with a soft nutty taste followed by a body of cream. Talk t a good first impression. Love at first puff, could you say? Yes Sir! The burn at this point is very fair a slight unevenness but nothing that I couldn’t use my torch to touch up again just a tad. It took about three minutes for the draw to fully open up but when it did my palate thanked me for it. As I’m getting into the 2/3 point of this cigar, the body is beginning to become fuller but still maintaining the creamy nut flavours. Now there’s just a hint of pepper for a bite in the back of my throat. The burn at this point is still good but is continuing to remain uneven in the one area. Like I said before, it’s nothing that can’t be fixed. The final third was where the body became fuller, increasing peppery notes and decreasing the cream, that’s not to say that there wasn’t still an undertone of cream coming through.


Overall, this is an amazing smoke that offers a lot of great flavours. Medium to full-bodied with creamy nutty flavours, all complimented by peppery spice. This cigar is one that your palate will not hesitate to thank you more than once. A good burn and nice overall appearance make this pardon a keeper—at a reasonable price for a limited pardon as well.

Eric D. Kukucka
Member of the Montecristo lounge, Sterling Heights, Michigan