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Padilla Fumas Connecticut Robusto Staff Review

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Grant T.

Never judge a book by its cover. I’m sure we’ve all heard, and eventually appreciated, this age-old statement. More often than not it rings true if I temper my lofty expectations when it comes to cigars that cost less than $2 apiece. For today’s smoky sacrifice, I’ve procured a beefy, perfectly proportioned 5 x 50 Padilla Fumas Connecticut Robusto.

At first glance, this cigar would not win any awards for appearance. But it’s far from visually bankrupt. I’m genuinely surprised at the firmly rolled and perfectly cylindrical appearance exhibited once the cellophane is removed. Keep in mind folks, this is a ‘Fuma’ or ‘Cuban sandwich’ cigar that’s comprised of a premium selection of mixed-filler tobaccos. A bit of elasticity or suppleness is expected and preferred to ensure complete combustion and a cool, even burn.

I prefer using a punch cutter on mixed-filler cigars to avoid the inevitable bits of tobacco that work their way out of the cigar at the most inopportune times. It’s the nature of the beast, but one that’s easily tamed with the right tool for the job. The pre-light or cold draw offers optimal resistance and ushers in peculiar yet intriguing notes of citrus zest with a pleasant hay-like sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Thus far, my expectations have been exceeded by a large margin.

I proceed to light the foot with pinpoint precision delivered via my trusty triple-burner torch lighter. Wrapper, binder, and filler begin to harmonize, emitting fragrant grey clouds of smoke. My palate detects low-key notes of damp cedar nearly void of spice. A word to the wise – it is highly recommended that you take your time while smoking this cigar. There’s no need to puff on it like an old Baldwin steam locomotive on a steep incline. Doing so changes the flavor and burn rate of this cigar to an unsavory and unsatisfactory level. You’ll most likely wind up wearing copious amounts of flaky ash on the front of your shirt.

I parted ways with this cigar after about thirty-five minutes at just about the three-inch mark. In retrospect, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better bang for your buck. If you’re not a fan of Connecticut wrappers, Padilla Fumas are also available in a savory Habano varietal as well as a hearty Maduro wrapper.

We double-dare you to find Honduran-drafted yard ‘gars from Padilla at everyman prices as low as $1.49 per cigar! More often than not, Padilla inhabits a semi-permanent residence amongst our all-star lineup of sub-wholesale daily and weekly deals with free shipping kicked in on top of the discounts!

I’m a tough critic and highly scrutinizing of cigars on the lower-end of the price scale. That being said, I’m awarding the Padilla Fumas Connecticut Robusto a respectable 79 points. Consistency, craftsmanship, and cost will always prevail in my humidor.

Until next time, long ashes to you!


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