Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Time and a Padron Family Reserve No. 45

I was at Humidor Cigars the other day and passed by the Padron shelves. These are cigars that you drool over, some of the best made. One in particular caught my eye and it was the Padron Family Reserve No. 45. I could not pass these up so I left with three, and placed them in the humidor for later. Last Saturday a friend had told me about a farm two counties away that had an old two story house built on it around 1920 and it was abandoned fifty years ago. He had bought land and the house was on it, and knowing how I love to draw things like that, thought I would want to give it a look which I did. I took one of the Padrons with me and drove out to the location, bringing my camera and sketch pad with me for notes. Once I arrived I decided to light up before beginning my look over of the house, so talking the cigar from the travel humi, I prepared it for lighting. The cigar is amazingly beautiful, with a rich dark wrapper that sets off the color of the bands, and the cigar given a wonderfully executed box press. The construction is what you would expect from a company as Padron being flawless and well made. The pre light gave aromas of wood and deep cocoa. After lighting, flavors of dark roast coffee, cocoa and wood begin to tantalize the palate, being set off even the more so by a very mild semi sweet spice. This cigar is so delicious you practically want to eat it. With cigar being enjoyed I began looking over the house, which was easy to see that once abandoned it was never touched again. Weeds, grass and small trees were everywhere, and the front door had long ago fell from it hinges. I draw the outside of places like this but curiosity beckoned me to look inside, so testing the floor, I walked in. who ever had lived here left furniture and it seems everything but clothes behind as was noticeable once inside. Even a few old photos were left on the walls and judging from them a family of five had lived here. Walking into the kitchen, the cast iron stove was still there, with what appeared to be a bench style dinning table, and two cast iron frying pans left on the counter. As my curiosity continued I approached the middle of my cigar that by now had my mouth watering at every sumptuous puff of decadent smoke, with a splendid and complex blend of flavors being produced, that being of wood, the amazingly rich cocoa, and still the mild spice that rounded each flavor together so fantastically. The cocoa had taken on the mental resemblance of cocoa syrup, like you used to get in the dark cans years ago. I had thought of going up stairs but the steps looked horrible so instead I proceeded outside to begin taking photos for a future drawing. Walking around, I took shots from every angle, and at each one wondering what life must have been like here so many years ago. Getting back in my truck, I pondered the house and its occupants for a time as I finished this fantastic cigar. The final flavors were still of the same base as the middle but throughout the smoke seemed to get richer as you got nearer to the end. The last few puffs provided a bit more spice with the coffee more of an espresso. I truly hated to see the cigar end. The Padron Family Reserve No. 45 is one of the finest on the market, and even though pricey, should absolutely be tried.