I’ve always been a fan of @PadronCigars ever since I began enjoying cigars. New to their lineup is the Padrón Dámaso, which is named after Dámaso Padrón – the first family member to grow tobacco in Cuba, and the grandfather of José O. Padrón.
When it comes to a great smoking experience, everything José O. Padrón has done is almost a guaranteed winner, so when I picked up the Padrón Dámaso No. 12, I expected great things.
In contrast with Padrón’s regular rotation, the Dámaso is a milder, round cigar packed in cellophane, and uses a Connecticut-seed wrapper over Nicaraguan fillers. This robusto-sized cigar offers a Connecticut Shade wrapper that is a light tan with no sheen, uniform color and no defects. Great triple cap, and perfectly made seams with almost no veins present.
The wrapper gives off aromas of strong barnyard with notes of tobacco. Cold draw presents a mix of hay and cedar, along with cream and a note of citrus. Pepper, tobacco, and bread dominate the flavor profile to start, with notes of black tea, and sweetness accenting the smoke.
The Dámaso had a straight burn line from start to finish and did not require an abnormal amount of touch-ups. The resulting ash was firm with a charcoal gray color. Overall, a pleasant smoke – although I much prefer the stronger, full-bodied regular offerings from Padrón – this is a great Connecticut Shade option. I would rate the cigar an 88. A good cigar to keep in any humidor for those “Connecticut Craving” moments.
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