Padilla 1948 Robusto Cigar Review

by John on November 8, 2007

Note from Cigar Jack: I’d like to welcome John from Cigar Live as another new reviewer to the site.

Padilla 1948 Robusto CigarBrand: Padilla
Line: 1948
Vitola: Robusto 5 X 50
Origin: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Corojo
Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo
Filler: Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Criollo and Corojo
Body: Mild-Medium
Strength: Mild-Medium
Box Price: $145 (Box of 20)

Description: Another success from the collaboration of Ernesto Padilla and Pepin Garcia, the 1948 is a medium bodied cigar with a subtle bouquet of flavors.

The 1948 is the second addition to the Padilla trilogy started by Ernesto in honor of his father, one of Cuba’s most accomplished poets. 1948 marks the year his father published his first book. The filler consists of Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Criollo and Corojo tobaccos secured by a Criollo binder, immediately producing subtle notes of pepper and spice over a wood base. The blend is then completed with an incredible looking Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper, adding even more layers of spicy notes, without overwhelming the palate. The Padilla 1948 is full-flavored, yet medium-bodied and balanced. Coming from the hands of Don Pepin Garcia, in collaboration with Ernesto Padilla

This cigar had a nice “barnyard” flavor on the prelight, which disappeared with the lighting of it. The first inch was very spicy with pepper and unidentified spices. You can taste the awesome corojo in this throughout the entire smoke (corojo being my favorite). After about 2 inches the pepper subsided and left a nice creamy, smooth spice which was just enough to keep it interesting. It had a very nice draw, but the burn was a different story. The wrapper on this cigar is very thin and delicate. I would try not to smoke it on a cool dry day outside like I did. It did crack and start to flake away.

Verdict: I enjoyed the cigar very much, but the burn and wrapper problems made it a task to finish without too much work. I have smoked a few of these in the past and have not had this problem. It reminds me of a lot of the Pepin blends, with the spice being all “upfront”, then dying off to a mellow smoke till the nub. I would like to try the other vitolas and see if they have a different flavor profile.

Similar Cigars: Definitely very similar to the Padilla Edition Especiale Achilles. It also reminded me of a CAO Criollo. If you like the Pepin blends, this one is for you!

Popularity: 16% [?]

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Dylan Austin November 8, 2007 at 10:57 am

Hey Jack, fantastic review on this smoke… I am definitely going to have to go and grab one up for myself.


Jesse November 8, 2007 at 11:00 am

John hit the nail on the head with this review. I’m trying to score a deal on these at one of the auction sites. My wife is starting to get concerned about the number of cigars she’s seen coming in the door lately, so I’ll have to get them while I can.


Layth Kasto October 11, 2008 at 6:06 pm

Is padilla planing to change their blend. That what I heard. I heard that at the Vegas Show. If You Live In Michigan Visit one of our 2o Smoker’s Outlet Store’s. We carry all type’s of Premium Cigar’s.Including Padilla.


Jesse October 11, 2008 at 7:10 pm

I know they are changing the Miami, not sure about the others though.


Usman Bhatti September 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Nice Review cigar Jack.

Actually, I am smoking Padilla 1948 Robusto as I type. I love it, it has a nice creamy -mild flavor. Good draw with peppery artifacts which remain on the pellet. I ordered this a week ago from Unfortunately i didnt check it for freshness when i received it. For some reason the wrapper from the smoking end flaked as i made my cut.

A must. Highly Recommended!


Davo March 23, 2010 at 8:33 am

Just smoked one, came out of a 72% humi, the whole city is a warm damp swamp at the moment after a one in 10 year rain storm here. The cigar smoked beautifully quite damp so had no wrapper or burn problems. This review did hit the nail on the head. Typical Padilla spicy start then mellowed. Nice toasted nut flavours in final third, walnut/toasted sesame flavour excellent finish as usual with the Padilla – all the best from oz.


damp January 24, 2011 at 2:37 am

I would highly recommend this. This is one of the perfect cigar that is currently available in the market. Seriously you will never regret it.


Jesse December 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I agree with the negative about the cracking wrapper. This cigar does have a nice stinky pre-light aroma. However, the wrappers are extremely thin. You must keep these cigars very moist or the wrappers will crack and split. Not recommended.


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