"This is a totally new blend, completely different than anything we have done before," Jorge Padrón, president of Padrón Cigars Inc., told Cigar Aficionado.
"It's Connecticut our way."
Called Padrón Dámaso, the cigars are rolled with Connecticut-seed wrappers and a blend of Nicaraguan filler and binder tobaccos.
Padrón Cigars Inc.
will officially unveil the cigars next month at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show in New Orleans and expects to ship them to retailers in late August or September.
Jorge Padrón said the cigars were geared "for those who seek the quality and consistency of Padrón in a milder taste profile. ... We've never had a cigar in that segment of the market and it's time we do something about it."
When it came time to think of a name, Jorge Padrón
turned to his
"Dámaso laid the foundation for what's come for Padrón
," said Jorge Padrón
strategy was to make a milder cigar, but one that still had character.
"It has to taste like tobacco, it has to have flavor," he
The blend is different, and the tobaccos are treated differently, so the new cigars are not being rolled in the main Padrón Cigar Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, but in a separate area in the Padrón compound.
"It's made next to the existing factory, in an area where we used to store [tobacco] bales.
We moved the bales and made that into the [Dámaso] factory," said Jorge Padrón
"Everything is still the same-we just didn't want to mix the two.
It's important to separate."
said the change required hiring some new workers, but the majority of the workers on the new project had worked at Padrón
"Ninety percent of the people are coming from within," he
had no short-term production targets for Padrón Dámaso.