Padilla Obsidian

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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.

Company: Padilla
Made in: Esteli, Nicaragua
Made by: Padilla
Size: 6 x 54 Belicoso
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Ligero
Filler:   Honduran Corojo and Nicaraguan
Binder:  Unknown
MSRP: $99 per bundle

Pre-light

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.

First Third

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.

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Second Third

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.

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Final Third

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.

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Final Thoughts

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.

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Comments

Nice review Chris. I think most people had had the same burn issues with these sticks. I have found that these are hit or miss as far as flavor and contruction. I have gotten quite a few where the draw was just unbearable.

Nice review. I actually smoked one of these last weekend I believe and I did not really think it was full-bodied. I also had a TON more burn problems and the draw was MASSIVELY tight!! I had to clip quite a bit off the end to get a free enough draw so I didnt look like a fish while smoking, especially with having to puff 3 or 4 times to get some smoke in my mouth. I really did not like the draw at all. Maybe it is because of the draw problems that I was not getting the full-body effect of this stick?

Well it was not a nasty stick, but with all the problems I had I would probably not go out and buy anymore. I had 2 I got from @jbrookeiv and I might let my nephew or brother-in-law try the 2nd ;)

Mike

Nice review. I’ve also had major problems with the two I’ve smoked, it’s kind of put me off with these cigars.

I got these under a year ago when CI first introduced them. I smoked 1 around a week after I got it, but the ammonia was so strong I threw it out. I tried the cigar again about 6 months later with the same result. So, now they are just aging away in my humi… probably won’t touch for another year.

Jeremy

I agree with your review – these are full-bodied cigars, but not overpowering. I consider myself to be a medium-bodied cigar smoker, still relatively new to the culture, and I really enjoyed these cigars.

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