Inspired by family
Padrón’s Dámaso line—the brand’s first new line in seven years—is a departure from the norm, yet the new cigars still draw inspiration from the founder’s family
Padrón Cigars, the Miami-based fine cigar specialist, made headlines over the summer with the release of its new Dámaso line—the brand’s first new line in seven years. It’s a brand new regular production line to go along with the likes of the most recent Family Reserve line, as well as the Padrón Series and 1964 Anniversary lines.
The new series was launched at the IPCPR Convention in the US in July, and the brand expects to begin shipping by September. There are four cigars in the line—the No.17, No.15, No.8 and No.12. The No.17 is, as you’d guess, the biggest, a Churchill with a length of seven inches and ring gauge of 50. The No.15, meanwhile, is a Toro that sits at six inches long with a ring gauge of 52, and the Corona No.8 is 5.5 inches long with a ring gauge of 46. The No.12, a Robusto, is the pocket rocket of the bunch—five inches long with a fat gauge of 50.
Interestingly, the numbers correspond to age of each of company founder José
Padrón’s grandchildren. And the name itself is inspired by the family.
“This cigar was named for my grandfather Dámaso, who was the first Padrón to arrive in Cuba sometime in the late 1800s from the Canary Islands. In Cuba, we called them people from ‘the Isleños’. They were serious people who kept their word,” Padrón explained at the launch of the new line.
“Isleños tended to work in farming, and in this tradition my grandfather rented a small piece of land in Pinar del Rio and started growing tobacco. Dámaso was an honest, decent man and a hard worker. He taught us to honour our word and be humble. These are lessons that have stayed with me throughout my life. I have tried to pass them onto my children. It means a lot to me that we are making this cigar in honour of my grandfather. He gave us life, a family, and our start in this industry. I hope he’s somewhere looking down and feeling proud of the company we have built. I’d like to think Dámaso would be honoured that we are continuing his legacy. He would be proud that cigars bearing his name are sold around the world.”
Padrón is usually famous for sharply box-pressed Nicaraguan puros, however the new line is something else entirely. It’s got a Connecticut seed wrapper from an undisclosed country—a first for the brand, according to industry insiders— and Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves. The new line will be rolled in a factory next to the brand’s main factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.
In terms of flavour, the idea behind the Dámaso line was to make a milder cigar that still had classic Padrón characteristics.
“It has to taste like tobacco, it has to have flavour,” explained Jorge Padrón, president of the company and son of José Padrón.
Prices for the new line had not been released at the time of writing, and no production targets have been set for the Dámaso line.