The Padrón Dámaso is the first full production cigar line to be introduced by Padrón in a long time. And when I say "a long time," we're talking about 14 years. Add all that up, plus the fact that the Dámaso utilizes an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, you have the most talked about new release of ICPPR 2015.
The Dámaso is hitting stores now and is available in the following sizes:
Jorge Padrón took some time out of the show to chat with me about the Dámaso, and you check out that conversation in the video below.
Padrón Dámaso No. 8
Size: 5 1/2 x 46
Vitola: Corona Extra
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Cigars smoked for review: 2
Cigars for review were purchased by reviewer
Note: For this review we used CigarFederation's rating system
Pre-Light: It's hard to dislike the Padrón look. The Dámaso features a new Padrón band with a white background. The gold embossing and burgundy accents combine for a lighter take on the classic look. The secondary Dámaso band features the same color pattern. And in classic Padrón style the band also features the cigar's serial number.
The Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper had a golden hue and, as you can see form the photos, had a thin appearance. The "thinness" of the wrapper shows off the outline of the binder and filler leaves giving the cigar a somewhat rugged appearance.
The wrapper gave off notes of toasted bread and baking spice while the cold draw offered toasted notes of sweet tobacco.
Beginning: The Padrón Dámaso got off to a beautiful start. Notes of sweet cream, caramel and toasted bread were present on the tongue. The retrohale reinforced those flavors and added in a mild baking spice. As the first third progressed the profile took on a smooth and creamy texture and a few buttery notes showed up. A mild bitterness began to appear on the finish as well. It was not an overpowering note, but I could have done without it.
Middle: The strength of flavor stepped up in the middle. All of the flavors to stepped up to the next level. The creamy texture was still there while the baking spice on the retro grew in intensity, relatively speaking of course. This was not a spicy cigar by any means.
That bitterness on the finish remained and it was a real bummer. I don't know if this is something that will go away with time or what, but I hope some rest will do the trick.
Finish: The strength of flavor remained in the final third. The profile was quite good as the sweet and spice balanced perfectly and the creamy, buttery texture was exquisite. The unfortunate bitterness seemed to die away a bit in the final third and that was a very welcomed turn of events.
Final Thoughts: The Padrón Dámaso is a really good mild cigar. Some folks will call it a mild-to-medium and that is subjective, but for me this was a mild cigar. The flavor profile was awesome and I would be singing the praises from a mountain top if it were not for the bitterness on the finish. Even with that bitterness the Dámaso was quite good.
Rating: 88 AKA "5-Pack Purchase" with potential for more
I've already picked up another fiver in the hopes that some rest will rid the Dámaso of that troublesome bitterness. If that is the case, then this score would squeak into the 90's and become one of my favorite Connecticut cigars on the market.