At the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, all eyes were on Padrón Cigars with unveiling to the Padrón 50th Anniversary and Padron Family Reserve No. 50 lines to commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary. Going into year 51, Padrón appears poised to be the star attraction at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show. Today the company announced via Cigar Aficionado, it will release a new line called Padrón Dámaso. However, by Padrón standards, this is a very different release as it is the first regular Connecticut seed and rounded parejo to be introduced to the portfolio.
Padrón Cigars is not known to launch a lot of new cigars. The launch of last years’s 50th anniversary cigars were the company’s first new all-new blends released at IPCPR in three years. The launch of the Padrón Dámaso is significant. It marks the first new line launched in seven years by Padrón Cigars since the debut of the Padrón Family Series back in 2008.
The Connecticut seed wrapper is believed to be the first by Padrón. The company has worked with a “formula” in terms of its releases – namely releasing a Nicaraguan Habano natural and a Maduro wrapper. The Padrón Dámaso features a Connecticut seed wrapper from an undisclosed country over Nicaraguan binder and filler.
Another part of the Padrón formula is box-pressed cigars. While there has been some limited edition rounded parejo releases, there hasn’t been one generally available until the Padrón Dámaso.
Padrón describes the cigar as “for those who seek the quality and consistency of Padrón in a milder taste profile.”
The name Dámaso pays homage to Dámaso Padrón, the grandfather of company founder José O. Padrón. Dámaso was the person that got the Padrón family in the cigar business when he moved from the Canary Islands of Spain to Cuba and began growing and cultivating tobacco in the Pinar del Rio. The packaging will contain Dámaso’s image.
At a glance, here are the details of the Padrón Dámaso as reported by Cigar Aficonado:
Company president Jorge Padrón told Cigar Aficionado, the Dámaso is actually been made in an are adjacent to the existing Padrón factory.
Wrapper: Connecticut Seed
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
The Padrón Dámaso will be sold in 20 count boxes. Each cigar will be packaged in cellophane. Each cigar represents an age of four of José O Padrón’s grandchildren.
No. 8: 5 1/2 x 46
No. 12: 5 x 50
No. 15: 6 x 52
No. 17: 7 x 54