La Pilar was a new line unveiled at the 2015 IPCPR by Padilla Cigars. For this blend, Ernesto Padilla returned to Honduras to produce the cigars at Tabacalera Aguilar, which was the same factory that produced the Padilla Series 68. There are three different sizes available: the Toro, measuring 6 x 52, the Robusto, measuring 5 x 54, and the Churchill, measuring 7.5 x 57.
Ernesto Padilla’s cigar line, after the revamp, consists of Reserva, Reserva Maduro, Miami 8 & 11, Miami Maduro, Vintage Reserve and Connecticut. The cigar that is being reviewed, however, is one of the old Miami lines. I believe that this one was still manufactured in Miami USA but I might be wrong. Needless to say, it has some age on it.
Origin : Nicaragua Format : Figurado Size : 6 x 60 Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano Filler : Nicaraguan Binder : Nicaraguan Hand-Made Price : $14.00 (my local B&M is more around $12.00)
The most disappointing thing about being a cigar reviewer is that there are so many cigars out there and you can only review so many. The Padilla-Studio Tobac cigars had been sitting in my humidor staring at me for over 3 months now and for some reason or another they kept being pushed back in my rotation of review smokes time and time again. I eventually decided it was about damn time I got to them, so here goes.
The gist of what this cigar is about is that it is a reach out by Studio Tobac to broaden its horizons and touch the mainstream by collaborating with some big names in the industry. So for this first collab, they reached out for the genius that is Ernie Padilla to produce a limited stick that would pair both Studio Tobac and Padilla's expertise in bringing a unique cigar to the U.S. market. The tobacco is all Oliva's but they consulted Padilla to tweak the blends. Word on the street is that this will not be the last of Studio Tobac's collaborations which is exciting news. I am personally excited to try this cigar out because I have been a huge fan of Padilla's body of work ever since the release of the original Miami 8&11 years ago. The 8&11 was a game changer for me, and has a lot to do why I am sitting here writing this review. Now on to the review,...
Daylight savings have taken a toll on the ability to review after work. With the sun going down about an hour after I get home, I have to have some of the work for my review done ahead of time. The weather is still very nice and perfect for cigar smoking. Tonight, I came home from work and grabbed this Padilla Black Bear because I was in the mood for a large relaxing cigar.
As I was walking around the Cigars International Super Store this past Memorial Day, this cigar caught my eye. Now I had smoked several Padilla cigars before, so I knew the brand name was good. And with a cigar this cool looking, I had to pick one up for myself, as well as one for my father.
No two cigar smokers would ever agree on how the perfect cigar should taste. Some of us like our cigars strong, others mild, some spicy, some fruity… there are an infinite number of variables that make up the flavor of a cigar and we all have our preferences. That’s why when we use cigar reviews as a buying guide we must first understand the reviewer’s point of view in relation to our own. But sometimes a review will spark our interest in a particular cigar and set in motion a pursuit to experience the cigar first hand. For me, the Cigar Insider review of the Padilla Dominus Double Robusto really got me going. It was not the 92 score alone that piqued my interest, but rather that fact that it was coupled with the knowledge that it was made at Fabrica Tabacos Raices Cubanas… one of my favorite cigar factories.
The Padilla Dominus is a Nicaraguan puro which uses a hybrid tobacco (Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Corojo) planted in 2006. As a result, there is limited availability of these leaves which makes this cigar a bit hard to find and also expensive. In a press release, it was mentioned that only fifty authorized dealers were selected to carry the Dominus. This cigar is available in seven vitolas; the 5 X 50 Robusto is today’s featured selection.
Now that 2010 is in swing and things have settled down at home, I finally have time to enjoy one of my all-time favorite pastimes – enjoying great, flavorful smokes and sharing that happiness with all my fellow cigar lovers out there. Today we will review the Padilla Series 68 Robusto.