Before we get into this Padron is, in my opinion, a class all its own. They have some of the most consistent cigars on the market, and some of the most complex. I don’t like to compare them to anything else for those reasons.
Now, their 1964 Natural is one of my favorite’s by them. One reason this cigar in particular impresses me so much, is that it is a Nicaraguan Puro. A puro is any cigar that’s wrapper/binder/filler are all tobacco’s from a single region. Now that probably doesn’t sound impressive just yet, but by the time we get through just how complex this cigar is, it will be much more so. From a more “scientific” stand point a puro should not be an easy thing to produce complexity. Tobacco derives the bulk of its flavor from soil and another good chunk from the specific varietal it is. If all the tobacco is from the same region, then both the number of varietals and the differences in soil would be very limited.
The 1964 Natural starts off with a bit of pepper right at the light, but it slowly begins to fade right away and develops into a much smoother more leathery smoke. As it progressed, it built up flavors like coffee and cedar, eventually it even turned into a sweeter concoction of notes that balanced out into a sweet coffee and cedar mix.
Some of the other reviews I’ve read on this one, seem to imply that the pepper notes were much more prominent throughout and had an even bigger role in this cigar. Comparatively to other cigars I found the pepper notes on this to be rather tame, and I would feel comfortable recommending this to smoker’s like my father, who do not like a lot of pepper in their smokes. It’s just got so much going on from start to finish that aside from the very beginning the pepper was in my honest opinion more of a backseat driver then anything else. I felt like the leathery quality drove the first half or so while the cedar took over later and finished it out.
As far as construction is concerned, it is a “soft” box-pressed. Not a defined square shape with hard edges, but not a traditional rounder parejo either. From start to finish, on all of them I’ve smoked, the draw has been nice and easy almost bordering on being too open. The burn, minus a few minor exceptions, has been fairly consistent; and during those exceptions, it only required 1 quick touch up and was back to normal.
This is one of few cigars I have no real criticisms over. It is one of the most complex on the market flavor wise, and transitions through those flavors almost continuously. It keeps you guessing and doesn’t disappoint along the ride.