Created by Ernesto Padilla in honor of his father, acclaimed Cuban poet Heberto Padilla, the Padilla Signature 1932 is also winning accolades including a 93-point rating from Cigar Aficionado. Released in 2006, this beauty was originally made at El Rey de Los Habanos factory in Miami, Florida but in 2009 moved to Ernesto Padilla’s factory in Nicaragua. This handmade is chocked full of a vintage mixture of Cuban-seed Nicarguan long-fillers that is secured with a Nicaraguan binder and then completed with a handsome dark, oily, and delicious Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Upon lighting, you’re presented an array of rich and bold flavors of spice, earth, and nuts with a balanced woody core. Enjoy this beauty with a caipirinha – Brazil’s national cocktail, which is made with cachaça (Brazilian brandy made from sugar cane), limes, and sugar.
The Nicaraguan cigar industry originated when Cuban cigar makers escaped the revolution and re-established their livelihood in Nicaragua with Cuban-seed tobacco. Blessed with dark, rich soil, their new home was ideal for tobacco cultivation and Nicaragua quickly became known for cigars that rivaled Cuban quality. Unfortunately, revolution and war came to Nicaragua in the 1980s and devastated the industry, but it’s rebounded dramatically and is once again producing tobacco considered by many to be the finest in the world.
The Esteli Valley is in many ways the heart of Nicaraguan production and is known for its very powerful and spicy tobacco. The Jalapa Valley produces arguably the finest tobacco in the country: somewhat sweeter and less intense than Esteli, but extremely complex. The tobacco of the Condega Valley is often described as a blend of the other two regions.
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