Padron Series 2000 (Comparison Review)

Padron Series 2000 - Natural & Maduro

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Cigar Stats
Brand Owner: Padron Cigars, Inc. – Miami, FL (website)
(distributor operates under the name Piloto Cigars, Inc.)
Factory: Tabacos Cubanica, S.A. – Esteli, Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacos Centroamericanos, S.A. – Danli, Honduras
Model/Vitola: Padron Series 2000 (Natural and Maduro)
Size: 5 x 50 (robusto)
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Filler & Binder: Nicaragua
Body: Medium to Full
Strength: Medium to Full
Average Retail: $3.85 USD
Cigar Insider/Aficionado Ratings: Consistently high 80s

Fourteen other vitola sizes are available in the traditional Padron Series along with one which was recently discontinued.

Frontmark

Length x Ring

Shape

2000

5.0 x 50

robusto

3000

5.5 x 52

robusto

4000

6.5 x 54

toro

5000

5.5 x 56

robusto

6000

5.5 x 52

torpedo

7000

6.25 x 60

toro

Ambassador

6.875 x 42

lonsdale

Chicos

5.5 x 36

discontinued

Churchill

6.875 x 46

churchill

Corticos

4.25 x 35

short panatela

Delicias

4.875 x 46

corona extra

Executive

7.5 x 50

double corona

Londres

5.5 x 42

corona

Magnum

9.0 x 50

giant

Palmas

6.25 x 42

long corona

Panetela

6.875 x 36

panetela

All sizes come in lacquered cedar boxes of 26, packaged with cellophane sleeves on individual cigars. Many vendors list a box size of 25. I am not entirely sure why that is. It may be that Padron changed the box count since the initial release. The Corticos are the exception packaged in boxes of 30 or tins of 6.

From the Padron website …..Jose Padron, Sr.

“We deliver only the finest, handmade, complex cigars with the flavor of the Cuban heritage out of which the Padron recipe was born. Our primary mission is the exceptional quality of our product, not the quantity produced. As a vertically integrated, family-owned company, we pay personal attention to every detail throughout all steps of our tobacco growing and cigar manufacturing process. Because we strive to give you, the smoker, the confidence that each cigar is the same … perfect.”

If you are interested in more KOTF info on the Padron Story, you can read it here.

The Keepers of the Flame Padron Series Roundup

Cigarfan & Lucky7

This comparison review is one in a series on the original Padron line of cigars. When we have completed reviews on the entire line, a vertical tasting for each wrapper will be published. Each review will be an amalgam opinion of cigarfan and lucky7 along with that of the guest reviewer(s). Our guest reviewer for this vitola is:

TXMatt - Club Stogie

Padron Series 2000 – Natural and Maduro

Padron’s 2000 Maduro is arguably the most popular cigar in the Classic Series — it seems to be the most commonly available size on the shelves in the local cigar shops, and one of the most discussed cigars on the forums. Of all the vitolas, natural and maduro, reviewed at Top 25 Cigar, the 2000 maduro has the highest number of reviews, and with a cumulative rating of 8.3 it’s also one of the highest rated cigars in the Series. This is due in part to the popularity of the size. The standard 5 x 50 robusto is a nice size for a couple reasons: first, it’s short enough to smoke in a reasonable amount of time, and second, the large ring gauge allows for a large volume of cool smoke, a comfortable draw, Padron 2000 - Natural and Maduro - Actual Sizeand usually a well regulated burn. In the past year or so we’ve seen a nostalgic swing back to the thin cigar, but the market is still dominated by robustos, toros, torpedoes, and the like.

The “Thousands” series are all large ring gauge cigars, but the 2000 is Padron’s standard robusto contribution.

Natural

Padron’s 2000 natural wrapper is typical of the breed: rustic and veiny. The medium-brown wrapper is only slightly grainy and has a very dull sheen. Lucky7 noticed a small wrapper defect but said it didn’t affect the cigar’s performance. The caps are applied haphazardly: some are straight and well glued, others are loose. In most cases the roll is firm, though one sample appeared to be underfilled at the foot. And while the pack still feels a little lumpy in general, it’s above average by comparison to others in the line. It’s mildly box pressed. Matt remarked that “…this is a much better looking cigar than the maduro but still a “C minus” for appearance at best.

The prelight characteristics were unremarkable: compost and hay on the wrapper, and sweet tobacco on the cold draw.

The draw on the 2000 natural varied from perfect to slightly loose, and the burn line was straight for the most part. The accumulated ash was strong and medium gray in color with some dark striations and minimal flaking.

Most Padron cigars in this series start up with a peppery raspiness, but the 2000 natural was fairly gentle by comparison. Initially the power seems to be in the nose. As lucky7 says, “… with this kind of initial bite you may want to save the sinuses until you are a half inch in.” Matt noted pepper, wood and earth as initial flavors; lucky7 and cigarfan added leather to the list. Beyond this, lucky7 detected subtleties such as “notes of fruit, caramel and spice with hints of vanilla.” The finish at this point is short, dry and woody.

Lucky7's 2000 Natural Ash

The middle section becomes increasingly smooth and creamy and adds a little cocoa or coffee bean to the brew. The pepper subsides a bit, but doesn’t disappear completely, as Matt notes:

One third of the way through the pepper was still there but was muted; I really liked the fact that it remained. The cigar mellowed like the 2000 maduro and offered fewer complexities. Leather and nuts entered the mix, and wood notes were turned up a bit. I noticed some grassiness over what could be herbal/floral flavors.

The last third is marked by a body that grows from medium to full at the nub, continued woody flavors with some sweet elements, and a touch of earth. The finish has crossed the line to moderate in length and the aftertaste is slightly bitter with some char.

All of our reviewers really enjoyed the natural 2000, finding it an easy smoking, even tempered experience. This cigar seems to employ all of the flavors that we’ve come to expect from Padron with a minimal amount of harshness. It’s a solid woody smoke with leathery and sweet tobacco characteristics that make it an incredible value at around $2.50 per cigar (box price.)

Maduro

Padron 2000 Maduro Foot showing "squash press"It should be no surprise to hear that the Padron 2000 Maduro is lacking in the aesthetic department. Rugged, dark, veiny, and downright ugly were some of the adjectives employed to describe this popular favorite. The wrapper is oilier than the natural but less grainy than many of the other maduros in the line. Once again, some of the caps were loose and one sample appeared to be underfilled at the foot. The cigar is slightly box pressed (what lucky7 calls “squash pressed,” where the press is evident front to back only oriented by the band) and is firmly rolled.

The prelight scent is similar to the natural, but with an added sweetness on the wrapper and a hint of chocolate on the foot of the cigar. The draw is excellent with just the right amount of resistance.

Padron 2000 Maduro - Hole in the Wrapper

Immediately upon lighting up this robusto cigarfan was pleased to find the sweet nutty candied pecan-like flavor that he found in the Palmas and the Ambassador maduros, but in none of the other large ring gauge smokes. Lucky7 encountered a “base of sweet wood and leather with notes of bean, accompanied by an aroma of fruit (raisins) and toasty wood,” while Matt detected initial flavors of “pepper, coffee, bitter chocolate, earth and wood.

About a quarter of the way through, Matt’s cigar started to burn off kilter.

I corrected the burn by smoking it hot (a touchup wasn’t necessary.) I was impressed that the cigar didn’t punish my taste buds for smoking it hot; it got a bit stronger, but not bitter. The cigar produced copious amounts of smoke. I wish more cigars could produce such huge volumes. After taking each draw (which was near perfect) I really liked watching the wisps of blue and brown tinted smoke come off the foot, and the thick grey-white smoke continue to pour out the head.

Lucky7's 2000 Maduro Ash

Smoking our way into the middle section produced creamy smoke with more bean flavors — creamed coffee and cocoa — over a foundation of sweet wood and leather. The peppery flavors diminish and give way to some nice subtleties: Matt noted complex flavors like anise, nutmeg, and oak.

Lucky7's 2000 Maduro Ash with the "dreaded ridge"In the last section we noticed the flavors decline a bit into charred wood, leather, and at the end, burnt coffee. The finish lengthens into a peppery conclusion that finally capitulates with a bitter aftertaste.

Both Matt and lucky7 noted burn problems with the 2000 Maduro. While Matt burned through the problems without correcting, lucky7 had to touch up several times to encourage flame resistant parts of the wrapper to burn. He noted “… in the the last two inches, the ember kept burning under the wrap causing the dreaded ‘ridge’ which I find changes the flavor of the cigar significantly, and not for the better.”

Despite the burn problems and the anticlimactic last third, the maduro 2000 is still a great value. At a box price of $2.50 the first two thirds of the cigar are certainly worth enduring the troublesome burn.

Conclusion

With the Padron 2000 we have a case where the distinction between the maduro and natural cigar is much more apparent than we’ve seen in previous sizes. They are visually distinct as well as having discrete organoleptic qualities: the maduro is definitely sweeter, bolder, Padron 2000 Maduro with quarter for comparisonand richer in flavor than the natural, while the natural is milder with a far more subtle presentation.

Cigarfan preferred the natural to the maduro in this round, and surprisingly, Matt did too:

The natural wrapped version seemed less complex but the flavor was more enjoyable to me. It was notably “cleaner” which has been my preference of late. The pepper flavor remaining longer was also a big plus.

Lucky7 reflected on the robusto in general in his concluding remarks:

The robusto was my favorite size cigar until recently when I began dabbling in some smaller ring gauges. It comes in at about an hour on a regular basis and most often that is the perfect amount of time for me. It also allows the smoker to experience more nuances of the blend, in my opinion. Other than time spent, the 2000 didn’t do that for me. Although both were decent smokes, I found them ordinary and uneventful… Between the two, I found the Maduro tastier but probably won’t go back to either one if I can lay my hands on a 3000 for fifty cents more.

Matt sums it up for us:

These cigars have been longstanding benchmarks for me when trying new cigars; if a cigar costs more than four bucks it has to prove itself better than the X000 series for me to buy them again.

Thanks to TXMatt for giving us hand with the Padron 2000. If you’re a Club Stogie member you know that on the subjects of Pepin and Cheap Smokes, he knows whereof he speaks. And if you’re not a Club Stogie member, why not check out the jungle some time?

… cigarfan & lucky7

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4 comments on “Padron Series 2000 (Comparison Review)

  1. Padron 2000 Maduro is one of my favorites. Makes for a great smoke. Also enjoy 1926 series

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