Providencia El Padre
Size: 5.5 x 42
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Rosado
Binder: Dominican San Vicente
Filler: Dominican Corojo 2006, Dominican Criollo Ligero & Dominican Negrito Ligero
Factory: De Los Reyes
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by: El Primier Mundo
Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
Prelight: The wrapper of the El Padre has an interesting floral note dominating the aromas, but I am getting very slight hints of cedar, graham cracker and marshmallow hiding in the background. The foot is similar, though with some honey and natural sweetness coming through strong. The cold draw tastes like Fig Newtons, with a pepper spice on the finish.
Smoking: The first third starts us off with some very nice notes. The mouth feel is chewy with notes of toffee and toasted caramel. The finish is short, but has defined notes of graham cracker and white pepper. The floral notes I got from the majority of the prelight have not made an appearance though. To start with, the strength is in the upper part of mild.
Transitioning into the second third, the caramel and sweet notes fade back, the graham cracker comes to the front and the finish becomes very dry. A dry cedar note becomes predominat towards the end of this third as well. It is still very tasty and I am thoughouly enjoying this cigar. The strength and body are up to medium now.
The final third sees a return of some of that caramel sweetness and the finish becomes smooth and creamy, but with a slight pepper spice on the tongue. At this point I also realize that the strength has ramped up to a solid medium, almost feels like more, and the body is well into the medium range.
Construction: The burn in the beginning was wavy and the ash was pretty flaky and bumpy, but it was strong and held on well. The burn straightened out nicely and the ash became much more uniform in the second third. Overall, construction was good and I never had any real issues.
Final Thoughts: Great. The toasty caramel, toffee and graham cracker blended together perfectly. The pepper and spice notes also paired very well, and made for an intriguing smoke. I would like to keep a healthy stash of these on hand. Note: I would have smoked this cigar a lot further down, but my son decided it was time to stop smoking and play. So, I had to stop here.
Rating: 91 AKA “Box Split”