I recently smoked the Padilla Finest Hour Sungrown Robusto, a delicious cigar plagued with problems. 73 Points. This content uses referral links.
I recently had the opportunity to smoke the Padilla Finest Hour Sungrown Robusto. This cigar has been in my humidor for quite a while, so I can’t remember where I got it.
This was a fantastically delicious cigar that nonetheless left me so nauseated that I wondered whether it had been sufficiently fermented. While perhaps I simply got a fluke stick, the experience was quite unpleasant.
The Padilla Finest Hour Sungrown
A Honduran cigar that is nonetheless made up exclusively of Nicaraguan tobacco, the Padilla Finest Hour Sungrown Robusto had tremendous potential. According to my rating system, however, the physical effects of a cigar can be the difference between a D and an A.
Had this cigar not made me sick, I would have given it an A grade. The best tasting cigar that leaves me nauseated, however, is not a cigar worth smoking.
In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to any cigar smoker.
Look of the Label
As the below picture indicates, the label was eloquent yet relatively subdued. (I forgot to take a picture of it while I was smoking, so I have included a picture from my cigar journal.)
Padilla Finest Hour Sungrown’s Condition
This cigar was beautiful. It had a nice oily sheen and just looked delicious, and the taste did, in fact, match the look.
Its one flaw was that it was excessively veiny. This led me to suspect I would have some problems with the burn, which I unfortunately did.
Feel of the Wrapper
The wrapper was relatively solid but spongier than it should have been in places. It suffered from inconsistent density in the roll, which bore out during the burn.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The prelit cigar smelled terrific. I noted hints of earth, cream, and maybe coffee. It was fantastic.
The cut went off without any trouble. I have no complaints here. The cigar perfectly maintained its integrity.
Lighting the Padilla Finest Hour Sungrown
The Padilla Finest Hour Sungrown Robusto lit up perfectly and evenly, taking to the flame without any issue. The first light did not suggest it would be the first of many lights.
As I describe below, I had significant issues with the burn on this cigar. Nevertheless, the draw was perfect when I could keep the thing lit.
On the retrohale, the Padilla Finest Hour Sungrown Robusto had flavors of cream with a bit of a spicy bite that was a little strong for my taste.
Flavor of the Padilla Finest Hour Sungrown
The Padilla Finest Hour Sungrown Robusto was smooth and creamy. It was, quite simply, an extraordinarily delicious cigar. The flavors blended impeccably together with the strength of the tobacco to make a near-perfect, albeit subtle, flavor profile.
Aroma of the Smoke
After the initial light, the cigar smelled of cream and cocoa. The aroma was light and subtle. It was intoxicating. They could make a candle based on the aroma of this cigar.
The burn was terrible. It started off a bit uneven. Then it went out. After I relit it, it began to burn faster than it should have and overheated. Then it went out again.
It required constant monitoring and maintenance. The burn was just awful on this cigar. Even if the cigar hadn’t made me sick, the burn by itself would have made this a less than satisfying smoke.
The ash was ok. It was nothing special, but it didn’t cause any trouble.
With my always having to relight the cigar, however, it never really got a chance to build up to give an indication of quality of the ash one way or the other. It’s hard to let ash build when you constantly have to remove it to get the cigar lit again.
Effects of the Smoke
The Padilla Finest Hour Sungrown Robusto left me feeling nauseated. It wasn’t a full-on vomiting, head-in-the-toilet kind of nausea, but I felt just awful when I finished this smoke. Something about it just wasn’t right.
Given how delicious it was, I would be willing to try another to see if perhaps I just got a fluke stick. Still, if it affects me like this again, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to revisit this cigar or maybe this brand.
Padilla Finest Hour Sungrown’s Tobacco
At least the Padilla Finest Hour Sungrown Robusto showed itself to be well-made in this regard. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke. It was a solid stick that held together well.
Padilla Finest Hour Sungrown Final Grade
This cigar had tremendous potential. It was absolutely delicious, but its inability to stay lit and its leaving me feeling sick and miserable made for a poor smoking experience.
At $7.00 per cigar, it’s not exactly a deal, either. This is a C cigar at best.
Final Grade: 73 / C
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