Review Padilla Invictus Robusto (5 x 54)
The Invictus is a new brand by Padilla Cigars for 2012. Ernesto is restructuring his entire product lines from the ground up, to focus on creating smaller batches of high quality cigars. Created in extremely small numbers, with only 300 boxes of 10, the Invictus is an ultra premium smoke created and rolled in Miami by the El Titan de Bronze factory. The cigar features a super smooth, attractive Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a proprietary blend of Nicaraguan and other tobaccos making up the filler and binder. Ernesto explains the idea behind production is to create the cigar in extremely small batches, with a few months in between, by a group of top master rollers. Padilla is starting out with three sizes, Robusto (5 x 54), Toro (6 x 54), and Torpedo (6.5 x 54) and will consider other vitolas as the next production cycle begins. These cigars are also rolled in the Cuban "Entubado" method instead of standard bunching, to create a more efficient draw.
Appearance / Prelight:
The cigar itself is very good looking, the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper gives off a slight sheen, and as always is decorated with Padilla's trademark Lion, very nice artwork on the band. The Invictus feels good in the hand, it has nice weight and feels well packed. The pre-light draw has a nice sweet tobacco taste, also an light vegetal earthiness is present.
After clipping the carefully placed cap, I light up the Padilla. As I'm toasting the foot a wonderful aroma of toasted nuts fills the air. The initial flavor is a rich caramel sweetness, with a lighter more tart element of sweet through the nose. Medium body to start, with a light spice and so far a great mix of positive balanced flavors. The burn line wavers a bit, but for me the slight resistance in the draw is spot on. The smoke is heavy and chewy. While there is a slight earthiness present, the feature flavor is by far the caramel, candy sweetness. It's not tart or sour, its really enjoyable, and I'm not sure I've smoked a cigar that featured such a dominant caramel note. Its almost reminding me of a Snickers bar..
The cigar continues on in similar fashion as it moves into the second third, with the peppery spice becoming more pronounced. It works well with the blend and keeps my interest. This is my first cigar of the day, and I'm enjoying it immensely. It's an effortless smoke, that while not super complex, has a combination of great medium body flavors that blend well together and honestly taste really great. As a daily smoke, the price is prohibitive with the MSRP at $12.50 a stick but to treat yourself or to try out a good example of small batch quality, this is a great choice.
As the Padilla Invictus moves into it's final third, the multi-dimensional sweetness has taken a back seat to some more earthy wood flavors. The peppery spice also continues to build. Although there are only a few main flavor components here, the fact that they move forward and back independently of each other, keeping your interest is a testament to the excellent blending. I also tasted what seemed to be some mintiness, only for a very short time in the final third. One thing about the Invictus that I did not like is that the outer ash tends to fall of short of one inch increments, which may be attributed to the entubar rolling method. Either way I did end up with a couple of ash bombs on my desk as I smoked. As far as problems go, in the grand scheme this is really no big deal, and the flavors and draw of the smoke far out weight issues with ash. As if on cue the caramel sweetness came back to say so long right at the end of the smoke.
If this is going to be the standard for the quality of the "new" Padilla cigar lines, then I'm all for it. Many manufacturers use "Small Batch" as a marketing term more than anything. With only 300 boxes produced, this is officially a very small batch, especially for the Padilla company, who in the past has put up big production numbers. I appreciate the throwback to quality over quantity and I think customers will too. And although pricey, this was an outstanding cigar. Very enjoyable experience, from start to finish, flavor and construction. I usually steer away from ring gauges larger than 52, but I enjoyed the heft of the 54 ring smoke. The ring gauge suits the blend very well. I have to say El Titan de Bronze did a phenomenal job with the production quality here, hopefully we see more from them in the future. Atlantic cigar will be carrying the Invictus and La Terraza as well as the new Padilla Miami Maduro, also made in ETB factory.
They are available here:
Padilla Miami Maduro
Padilla La Terraza Habano
Padilla La Terraza Maduro
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Currently rated 3.4 by 9 people
Tags: PADILLA CIGARS, INVICTUS, ERNESTO PADILLA, EL TITAN DE BRONZE, MIAMI, NICARAGUA, CIGAR REVIEW, IPCPR 2012
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