El Padre is Providencia’s offering with a Connecticut wrapper. It is blended with aged tobaccos from their Honduran plantation, and uses aged tobacco from Nicaragua. “El Padre” translates to The Father. The theme goes along with another cigar released just after called “El Santo” which translates to The Saint.
This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.
It was actually the company’s first cigar to be released that was recently renamed and re-released. Providencia cigars has been around since 2017. The company describes it as a medium bodied smoke but they have seen it enjoyed recently by people that normally enjoy fuller bodied cigars.
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Connecticut
Factory: La Pequena Vega – Danli, Honduras
Number of reviewers: 4 – Jeff (ExpendableYouth) Adam B. (Bushboy) Matthew T. (A Huge Nerd) Mickey T. (irratebass)
Age: 4 Months
Release Date: June 2017
Contributed by: Providencia Cigars
“The cigar has a honey-brown wrapper with a few large veins and pronounced wrapped lines. The cap on the torpedo has a bit of bunching and is not quite as uniform as I like to see them but since I will be snipping it off anyway I don’t think it matters much. The cigar is firm to the touch with no voids or soft spots and is overall ascetically pleasing. ” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)
“The foot smelled of hay and cedar, with not too much aroma from the wrapper. I guarantee I will will catch heat for this next one but I have to be honest. The cold draw was like bubble gum. I can’t explain why, but that is what I got from it. The draw is also very loose. ” –Matthew T. (A Huge Nerd)
“Upon lighting the cigar I was a little surprised by the hint of white pepper that gently sits on the tongue. Based on the wrapper I was expecting a very mild creamy cigar, which this is, but the spice note provides an extra depth that is sometimes missing this type of smoke. The cigar really has a lot going on and I am having trouble picking out the exact flavors that I am tasting. At this point I would describe it as a dry walnut, bitter coco, bread, and hay flavor but every time I think I have narrowed it down I start to doubt my initial impressions. The cigar itself has been spot on with a perfect draw, a solid clingy ash, and a perfect burn line. ” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)
“Like the cold draw I am getting plenty of honey, wheat and butter. It’s a mild to medium stick leaning more towards medium. It’s really nice. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
“Nougat and smooth. Not too harsh or strong, however. Very pleasant aroma. dominant flavors are wood and allspice. Burn is still perfect and construction has zero issues. Looking forward to a strong finish.” –Adam B. (Bushboy)
“Not getting a lot of changes from the first third. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but it’s really like smoking a breakfast cereal. Pairing this cigar with a coffee is a no brainer. In fact this is 100% a first cigar of the day type of smoke. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
“The pepper is back in this third and stronger than the previous two-thirds of the cigar. The grassiness has also stepped up and is now in the forefront instead of in the background, and is a really nice juxtaposition to the breadiness that has been found throughout the cigar. The final-third has been really enjoyable and has not suffered the muddled favors that a lot of cigars have at the end. The construction and smoke output have been spot-on throughout the smoke and the burn-line was razor straight from beginning to end. This has truly been an enjoyable cigar. ” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)
“Strength builds a bit in the final third. Nothing more than a medium body. Spice flavors are building, but I would not consider this stick spicy. Nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice are detected. Burn is dead nuts. ” –Adam B. (Bushboy)
“The draw was way too open for my taste. No problems but I had to slow down for sure. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
“The burn was perfect throughout the cigar and never needed a touchup or relight. A perfectly enjoyable cigar from start to finish. ” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)
“Construction was a non-issue. There were no problems from start to finish. Very nice smoke. ” –Adam B. (Bushboy)
Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 93
“This was a great early morning cigar and I feel like it would be the perfect complement to a cup of coffee with a light amount of cream. The favor profile was nuanced and complex with subtle transitions from third to the next. The cigar was pretty mild for the most part but ramped up in the last-third with a bit more pepper, hay, and walnut. This is definitely worth a try and best as a first smoke of the day. ” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)
“This was a fantastic cigar. Although flavors and body were out of my wheelhouse, I can appreciate the quality and flavors offered in this fine product. Performance and burn were fantastic and I would definitely recommend this cigar. Looking forward to the unveiling so I can purchase a few for my personal collection.” –Adam B. (Bushboy)
“I will focus on the flavors and say they were pretty good. It was pleasant and smooth for the most part. If it had been a better built cigar I would be rating it higher, but smoking a cigar shouldn’t be distracting or too much work. I will try it again after I find out what it was. It may just be one bad one from the batch. ” –Matthew T. (A Huge Nerd)
“While I mentioned the cigar really didn’t have any changes from the first light till the moment I put it down I really enjoyed it. Would definitely smoke again and might even seek them out once I find out what what this cigar is. I label this cigar “Lucky Charms” ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
Smoking Time (in minutes): 89
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