Personal Cigar Review: Padrón Dámaso No. 32

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Cigar Details: Padrón Dámaso No. 32

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5.25″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacos Cubanica
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $13.75
  • Release Date: April 2016
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Padrón Dámaso No. 32 is light brown and has a few lightly raised veins present. The seams are fairly smooth and the head is finished off with a decently applied set of caps. The cigar is a bit spongy near the foot. There are three bands, with the primary band covering the trademark serial number sub band. The third band is below and denotes the line. The aroma from the wrapper brings toasted hay while the foot brings sweet hay and pepper. The pre-light draw brings more of the toasted hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with toasted wood and baking spice. At a half inch in, the baking spice is pretty full. At an inch in, the baking spice has mellowed. The retrohale is toasted wood with a secondary wave of baking spice that has a decent zing to it. At an inch and a quarter, there’s a bit of dryness/staleness to the toasted wood. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the toasted wood is out front, still with a bit of that dryness/staleness while the baking spice is now more of a background note. At a half inch in, some dry earth joins the profile. The retrohale has toasted wood slightly ahead of the dry earth with a decent level of baking spice right behind. At an inch and a quarter, a burning paper note has joined the profile which brings a faint bitterness. As the third comes to a close, the baking spice has departed. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Final Third

The final third continues with the toasted wood up front, dry earth right behind and some burning paper in the background. At a half inch in, the burning paper note picks up as the dry earth departs. The retrohale is now just toasted wood. At an inch in, the toast transitions to char and the burning paper note has increased some more. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Burn

The burn line was razor sharp the entire way, but the cigar did burn quite fast. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Draw

The draw was pretty loose the entire way and I had to temper my draws to try to keep from overheating the cigar.

Overall

The sponginess at the foot and the loose pre-light draw was a precursor to what to expect from this cigar as it seemed fairly underfilled, and it performed that way, as I’m sure the flavor profile was hampered as the cigar burned too fast. It started with a fairly average flavor profile but degraded in each third as the burning paper note joined and built up. It’s hard to say if the loose fill of this Padrón Dámaso No. 32 is consistent through the line as I wouldn’t expect it to be, but in this sample it just didn’t allow the blend to show what I would think was intended. It’s a tough showing for a cigar that has been beaten up by others previously and was a bit of a disappointment.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

4.03

Cost/Point

$3.41

Scoring System

Aaron
GoodPre
Light
AverageFirst
Third
SubparSecond
Third
PoorFinal
Third
AmazingBurn
GoodDraw
SubparOverall
Personal Cigar Review: Padrón Dámaso No. 32
Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: Padrón Dámaso No. 32

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