The Padilla Edicion Especial 2006, also known as the Obsidian, was originally a limited release from Padilla. However, the line experienced success and was therefor extended as an exclusive offering at Cigars International. These cigars only come in one vitola, a hefty belicoso, that is sold as a strong full-bodied cigar. As always, I have smoked my way through a handful of samples, and now report my side of the story.
Made in: Esteli, Nicaragua
Made by: Padilla
Size: 6 x 54 Belicoso
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Ligero
Filler: Honduran Corojo and Nicaraguan
MSRP: $99 per bundle
The Obsidian comes cloaked in a dark, nearly black, maduro ligero wrapper that visibly appears oily. As I began to inspect the cigars with my fingers I found the wrapper to be very oily and toothy. Construction appeared spot on, however the extremely dark wrapper could easily hide any imperfections in the wrapper application. The bunching felt consistent, and the cigar felt heavy in the hand. The pre-light aroma was full of barnyard scents, most commonly hay and manure. I clipped the end with my Palio cutter and took a few pre-light draws. The draw seemed a bit tight and yielded a sweet tobacco taste.
Right off the bat, this cigar delivered heavy barnyard aromas. The flavors were full of cocoa, hay, earthy and hints of spice. The draw was still a bit tight, however, this did not detract from the overall smoking experience. As I continued to smoke my way through the first inch or so, I began to notice the burn line going astray. This is a problem I have experienced before with this cigar, and I believe it has a lot to do with the ligero wrapper. A slight touch up with my lighter corrected the issue and I continued smoking. Later on in the first third I began to notice this cigar picking up flavors that reminded me of smoked meat. The cigar also developed a pleasant bitterness that I can best describe as a light IPA.
Into the second third of the Obsidian the flavors began to mellow out. The core flavors remained however the barnyard flavors really started to pick up. The burn has also become much more agreeable, I believe my previous touch up may have corrected issue for good. Later in the second third the roasted/smoked meat flavors began to transform into more of a roasted nuttiness. The ash was strong and fell off in 1 1/2 inch chunks.
The flavors remained pretty consistent as I smoked my way though the final third of the cigar, with only a slight variation. During the final third the spice kicked up some, but the smoke retained its earthiness that I had grow to appreciate in this cigar. The burn line did start to become a little ragged at this point, however, I did not touch it up so the final puffs would not become too hot.
Overall the Obsidian yielded a delightful full bodied smoking experience. The flavors were rich with a subtle complexity that kept things interesting. In the past I have experienced extreme burn issues with this cigar. However, before smoking the selection for this review I removed the cigars from their cellophane and allowed them to sit in the humidor for a few weeks. This process, I believe, helped these cigars humidify evenly and corrected some of the extreme burn issues I have experienced in the past. These are full bodied smokes, but they are not overpowering. I’d recommend them to anyone that is looking for an every day full-bodied stick, and think it would pair well with any variety of IPAs or stouts.