Cigar Review: Padilla Dominus
Ernesto Padilla, owner of Padilla Cigars, has made full use of Corojo 2006 tobacco to blend his new Padilla Dominus brand, a cigar that is made solely with this type of Nicaraguan-grown tobacco. The seeds were planted in 2006 in the country’s Jalapa and Estelí regions before the crop’s harvest in early 2007. The final product is what Padilla calls his most full-bodied cigar to date.
“Aesthetically, Corojo 2006 is a gorgeous, brownish red color,” said Padilla. “For growers, it is very resistant to disease and has a high-yield crop. To consumers, the Corojo produces sweetness and spice, but it is very rich and balanced, and at the same time, it is the fullest bodied cigar I make.”
And the most expensive. Perla, 4 x 40 ($8.36 MSRP), Robusto, 5 x 50 ($9.04), Torpedo, 6 1/8 x 52 ($10.86) Corona Gorda, 5 5/8 x 46 ($9.76), Toro 6 x 52 ($10.56) Churchill, 7 by 48 ($11.00) and Double Robusto 5 x 54 ($10.56).
Cigar: Padilla Dominus
Size: 7 x 49 (Churchill)
Wrapper: Nicaragua Corojo 2006
Binder: Nicaragua Corojo 2006
Filler: Nicaragua Corojo 2006
Appearance and Construction (18/20): The reddish brown wrapper on this cigar has some veins, but nothing out of the ordinary. The cigar is exquisitely rolled and sports some nice tooth. There are also some oils visible on this stick. The cigar is well packed with a nice weight but what really stands out is the cigar band. The band is silver, gold, cream, black and red and it works. The silver has a pewter look to it, and the lion on this band is outstanding but as we all know a cigar band does not make a cigar.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): Prior to lighting this stick offers the trade mark Padilla taste. There are notes of cedar and mocha on the draw as well as the foot. It is these notes that made me a huge fan of Padilla Cigars. Upon sparking this up with a cedar strip, I was treated to some pepper right off the bat, but it wasn’t in your face strong pepper. As the first third progresses the pepper fades and notes of mocha and coffee jump to the front with some subtle spice in the background. As we enter the second third of the cigar the notes of mocha are really dominant. There is still some coffee in the mix as well with some sweetness as well. As we reach the final third of the stick the flavor profile dramatically turns. The final third of the cigar was leathery, and slightly bitter but just before I put it out there was a nice cherry note that made the finish enjoyable.
Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): The cigar had a little bit of an uneven burn, although the burn line was straight it burned slightly faster on one side but never needed to be touched up. The ash was a dark gray that held on strong for half the cigar, but once I lost the ash there was some flowering and flake. during the second half of the smoke. The draw was perfect with nothing to complain about.
Overall (24/25): Thanks to Padilla for supplying me with this wonderful stick. I’ll be smoking this cigar in a robusto on a regular basis once I see it in stores. While labeled as the strongest cigar in the Padilla like it borders more on medium despite being billed as a full bodied smoke. For some odd reason it reminds me a little bit of a Padilla Miami on steroids. The high price point of this smokes prevent it from being a perfect 25/25 in this section.