Best of the Best 2016: Leisure | Cigars: Padrón Dámaso
Long known for its full-bodied Nicaraguan puros, the family-owned and -operated Padrón brand created the Dámaso to suit contemporary tastes for a lighter smoke. It used Nicaraguan tobaccos for the binder and filler but swapped the Nicaraguan wrapper for a smoother, sweeter Ecuadoran Connecticut leaf. Redolent of citrus and gingerbread, the Dámaso is dramatically milder than Padrón’s other offerings and will likely bring the venerable brand many new fans.
- The cigar is named for Dámaso Padrón, the first member of the family to grow tobacco in Cuba; he established a farm there in the late 1800s.
- The light-tan color of the Connecticut-leaf wrapper distinguishes the Dámaso from other Padrón cigars.
- Six sizes are available: No. 8 (5½ × 46), No. 12 (5 × 50), No. 15 (6 × 52), No. 17 (7 × 54), No. 32 (5¼ × 52), and No. 34 (6 × 50 torpedo).
- The binder and filler tobaccos are aged a minimum of 3 years.
Padrón Cigars, padron.com ($12.50–$17.50)