Review of Padilla Cava Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
Padilla Cava cigars debuted in 2014, and the line consists of several sizes of mostly large cigars, except for the smallest Robusto (5 x 50) size that was sampled for this review. Padilla Cava cigars are made with Ecuadorian Habano wrappers and a blend of Nicaraguan filler and binder tobaccos. The Robusto was priced at $6.75 per single cigar, or $32 for a 5-pack.
The cigar began with a sweet spicy and peppery flavor, and was at the lower end of the medium-to-full bodied range. After about 10-15 minutes, the somewhat intense taste tamed down a bit to a more enjoyable/tolerable level. The cigar did have some noticeable strength, but not enough to adversely affect an experienced cigar smoker.
The Padilla Cava Robusto had a very good draw, even burn, and held a long ash. After about 30 minutes into the cigar, a booster light was necessary to keep the cigar from going out. The burn remained even until the last 10 minutes of the smoke, when a minor touch-up light was applied. It took me 65 minutes to smoke the cigar down to two inches remaining, which is quite impressive for a Robusto size cigar. I rate the Padilla Cava Robusto with a very good 4 points on a 5-point scale. Not recommended for beginners, but a relatively good value for more experienced cigar smokers.