All of a sudden, we mind. Padrón’s new Damaso line is a mild, traditional Connecticut-shade wrapped cigar for those who like things refined and easygoing. The Toros we smoked for this review cost $15—in the same range as an Ashton Cabinet, more expensive than a Montecristo White, and about FIVE times the price of the Gurkha Park Avenue, which we actually prefer. Ugh.
The back story certainly got us interested. "This is a totally new blend, completely different than anything we have done before," Jorge Padrón told Cigar Aficionado. "It's Connecticut our way." Connecticut their way—interesting. Very interesting, in fact, since Padrón has never let us down. Ever. Plus, they never rush to market with anything to be trendy. If they were coming out with a Connecticut cigar, it must truly be something good.
This is not at all part of the new wave of amped up Connecticut cigars from the likes of Camacho, Drew Estates, etc. If you absolutely, positively must spend $15 or more on a mild, Connecticut shade wrapped cigar, then this is a good one. There are certainly others just as good, such as the aforementioned Ashton Cabinet, and also Davidoff. But geez, VegaFina is just as interesting and easygoing if lacking in finesse for one-third the price. And that damn Gurkha Park Avenue is too, and its oily wrapper is kinda sorta more appealing than the matte wrapper used here.
So if you must, then go ahead. No question, this is an elegant smoke that signals the resurgence of traditional-type cigars like Macanudo, Don Diego etc. that ruled the marketplace for the 1970s and 80s. Still, inborn Catholic guilt requires that we smoke a Gurkha instead and donate the $12 we saved to charity. Hey—how about Fuente’s Cigar Foundation?
Elegant, clearly carefully crafted from mature, quality tobaccos. Mild flavors of wood, a buttery texture and lemony tang remind us of chardonnay wine. Expensive.