Cigar Review: The Padrón Damaso

There are few cigar companies that evoke a presence of respect and market demand like the Padrón Cigar Company. Built on the foundations of family, hard work, and loyalty, this trailblazing production has been known for its consistency and quality for decades. After escaping Cuba in 1962, José Padrón took his single hammer and created a tobacco empire that has found favor in the hearts and hands of cigar lovers worldwide. Their Nicaraguan, Cuban-seed tobacco boasts a depth of flavor that is a testament to their strict quality control; the newly-launched Damaso line is no different.


“When Padrón is on the label, quality is a matter of family honor.” ~ Padrón Family Motto


Featuring a golden Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, this blonde beauty burns to near perfection and offers another flavor profile for Padrón to showcase their uncompromising style. When our friends over at Famous-Smoke sent a few sticks our way, it was like Christmas morning as we lit up the Torpedo Damaso. Wasting no time, and jotting down a few thoughts as the stick burned down, the Damaso proved itself worthy of the Padrón family name.

Damaso Breakdown



  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Length: 6 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Vitola: Torpedo


Complex nuances of seared almond brittle mingle with subtle hints of white pepper that are smoothed out by the tell-tale rich leather. Padrón’s calling card of precise balance allows all of the components to shine through. Bold spices from the Nicaraguan binder and filler is mellowed out by the sweeter Ecuadorian wrapper. The easy draw and the torpedo shape provide the perfect vehicle for a relaxing, stress-free smoke.

Needing nothing more than a simple turn to keep the burn even, Padrón is able to create yet another top tier cigar.  The detailed construction and tight wrapping are indicative of the Padrón line, and the Damaso is no exception. Never skimping on quality and layered flavors, Damaso breaks down to about $14.50 a stick and defines the label of a “luxury” cigar. When you cross the $10 mark, there are certain expectations a cigar smoker is looking for: Quality, Flavor, Draw, and Construction. Each one of these foundations of a good cigar is met and exceeded.


“José Padrón still has his hammer, and it’s become part of the company’s logo as a reminder of how he started over and built something to support his family. And since 1964, the company has developed their reputation by sticking to their tradition of producing handmades with the same Cuban-born recipe and techniques that have been used for generations” ~ Famous Smoke



Order your Damaso Here from Famous Smoke. 



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