November 23, 2010
Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : $195 / box of 24
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.
Appearance : [rating:4.5/5]
A significant feature of the Dominus is the red tint of the wrapper. Although it does not seem oily to the eye, it does feel so to the touch. The lion’s face dominates the entire band.
Construction : [rating:4/5]
The wrapper is veiny, and the cigar features three caps. No soft spots were detected; the cigar was definitely very firm to the touch.
The pre-light draw offered a fair amount of resistance which will match the firmness perceived and described above. The cigar did not produce large amounts of smoke; the ash was very packed with a dark charcoal grey color.
Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
Mint and hay were the aromas that came off the wrapper while a slight hay and barnyard was perceived off the foot. The wrapper tasted very peppery and spicy. The pre-light draw had hints of chocolate.
The initial draw was very spicy (white pepper with hints of cloves), and it was really felt on both the mouth and the lips. At about an inch into the cigar, the spiciness mellowed out, and notes of leather and nuts became dominant.
Towards the last part of the cigar, the leather became the predominant flavor. The spiciness was present throughout the smoke. The finish was fairly long, and it could be felt all over the mouth. The smoke in general had a creamy characteristic to it which, as mentioned before, covered the whole mouth.
Value : [rating:4/5]
At about $8.00/stick, it is definitely not a daily cigar, but it is certainly one to add to the humidor and enjoy once in a while.
Overall Rating : [rating:4/5]
This was my first experience with a cigar featuring Nicaraguan Corojo components, and I enjoyed. It can be classified as full in both body and flavor. The strength of the flavor, although strong, will not be overwhelming. My only criticism of the cigar is that the flavors did not change much during the smoke, but what was there was very abundant. In searching for additional vitolas to purchase, it seems that most, except for the Corona Gorda are not available which is unfortunate. For anyone looking for a good cigar to add to their humidor, this one should make the list.
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