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Monday, 12 August 2013

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We’re starting off mild today with the Padilla Connecticut and will pick up the strength just a bit with the Saint Luis Rey SLR Gen².  Is either box-worthy?  Keep reading to find out.

Padilla Connecticut Torpedo

I enjoy powerful cigars that wake up my senses, but it’s always good to have a mellower selection every now and then, especially with my morning cup of Colombian coffee.  With that being said, the Padilla Connecticut is one such offering that caught my eye.  It’s a newer release from Ernesto Padilla that hit shelves earlier this year, and it’s also said to be one of the brand’s milder cigars.  While mild, the Connecticut is supposedly flavorful too.  Now the question is this:  does it live up to my high expectations?  Let’s find out…

I decided to go with the Torpedo format for this review, which measures 6 ½ x 52.  There are three other sizes in the line as well: the 5 x 50 Robusto, 6 x 60 Double Toro, and the 7 x 50 Churchill.  The Padilla Connecticut’s interior is made up a filler and binder of Nicaraguan tobacco.  Its exterior, meanwhile, consists of an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper.  As mentioned before, this is a mild cigar and is listed as mild to medium-bodied in strength.

Looking at the Padilla Connecticut Torpedo, it's obvious that this is a cigar with solid construction and a smooth overall appearance. The wrapper has a beautiful golden brown color and is oily in nature. There are a few very minor veins that are detected. A large decorative band sits near the head that showcases the Padilla logo of a large male lion, and its black, white, and gold colors blend in perfectly with the light wrapper. There’s also a secondary band that features the Padilla Connecticut name.  The cigar is firm and has zero soft spots. Before lighting, there's an earthy aroma and a cold taste of mild spice.

Once lit, the Padilla Connecticut Torpedo performs like a well-made cigar should. The draw is just right and there’s plenty of smoke. The ash is long and light gray in color. The burn requires no touch-ups and re-lights are not necessary.






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