Padron Damaso was first introduced at the IPCPR 2015. The Damaso is a milder line, compared to the other medium to full bodied cigars, produced by Padron. It is also round, not box pressed, and uses a Connecticut Shade-Seed grown in Nicaragua as the wrapper. The Padron Damaso No.8 is a Corona Gorda in size.

• Country of Origin: Nicaragua
• Size: 46 x 140 mm (5.5″)
• Wrapper: Nicaraguan Connecticut-Seed
• Binder: Nicaragua
• Filler: Nicaragua
• Price: € 11.50

The wrapper is of a Colorado Claro shade. Construction is flawless and the filling is homogeneous. Silky to the touch.

Padron Damaso No.8: unlit, hints of hay. The opening brings intense vegetal and spicy notes to the palate.

The first third alternates rustic wood, a mix of spices (mainly green pepper) and vanilla. Strength is slightly above medium (3.5/5).

The second third continues on the notes of wood and the spicy mix. Hazelnut is now perceptible as well. The flavors are intense and incredibly balanced. The strength does not change.

The last third turns to roasted coffee notes, which are joined by hazelnut and spices, among which black pepper stands out the most. In the last couple inches, earth and chili spices reach the palate. Strength increases, becoming medium – full (4/5).

Overall, the Padron Damaso No.8 releases a smoke of great intensity and exceptional balance. Evolution is discreet. A very satisfying smoke. Without any shadow of a doubt, this is the best cigar in the Damaso line.

Rating: 92

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