Brand: Padilla Edicion Especial (Obsidian)
Ring Gauge: 54
Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran Blend
County of Origin: Nicaragua
Price Per Bundle: $99.95
In 2006 Padilla released variety of Edicion Especial Cigars. Included were the Corojo wrapped Archilles, Connecticut wrapped en Cedro, and the Maduro Ligero wrapped Obsidian.
At the time of release the Obsidian was only available as a Toro and in limited quantities. Approximately 50,000 cigars were planned for production before the brand was to be discontinued.
In 2007 Cigars International picked up the blend and is now the primary retailer of this cigar. These can easily be found, still branded “Edicion Especial 2006” on both the Retail CI page and on the infamous CigarBid (I say infamous because you will quickly learn how addictive it can become). Since being picked up by CI the cigar is now only available in a Belicoso shape measuring 6.00 inches long with a 54 ring gauge.
Once removed from the cellophane sleeve I began to look over my Padilla Obsidian. The wrapper was dark brown in color and riddled in thin black veins. When held up to the light the wrapper produced an oily sheen that was mildly blotchy.
As I handled the cigar I found the texture to be sandy with an occasional lump. When gently pinched, the tobacco felt firm and easily sprung back into shape. After a quick clip I found the draw to be free with little resistance.
Right from the start the Obsidian kicks things off in the Medium to Full Bodied range with a finish that is a little edgy. When the smoke is passed through the sinus cavity I get a minor stinging sensation as well as nice black pepper aroma. The base flavor comes across as a hearty Nicaraguan Tobacco with a black pepper aftertaste.
The burn line is a little off at this point but seems as though it will come around as I smoke along. The burn rate is about average while the ash is light in color and compacted.
As I smoked deeper into my Padilla Obsidian I found that the body doesn’t take much time to climb into the full range. The finish becomes less and less edgy as I smoke along and becomes smoother on the palate and sinuses.
As I finished up the first third I was noticing a mild, almost watered down, sort of bitterness that seemed to be missing something. Now that I am into the second third this mild bitterness is developing a lot of depth and is now much more enjoyable. The base flavor remains a hearty Nicaraguan tobacco flavor with a black pepper aftertaste.
The slight uneven burn I was experiencing earlier corrected itself along the way then went back to being uneven and jagged looking. The burn line was thin and produced a flaky and crumbly ash that was a little disappointing. The draw remained free and continued to produce a generous amount of smoke that was dense and easily passed through the sinuses and lingered around the room.
As my Padilla Obsidian winds down and I am finding that the stick doesn’t hold anything back in terms of body. The deeper I smoke into the cigar the fuller the body is becoming. It finally peaks in the Full range and produces a thick finish that becomes a little edgy towards the end. The base flavor remains that of hearty Nicaraguan Tobacco while the black pepper aftertaste slowly fades and is replaced by a rich bitter flavor. The new combination of texture and flavor is enjoyable and easy to pick out due to its full flavors.
The ash went back and forth from being compacted to flaky with some minor flowering at times. When the burn was “off” it really showed and when it was “on” again it looked great. The burn line was thin and burned at a nice slow pace.
The draw remained free with little resistance and produced a generous amount of thick, dense smoke which remained cool.
All in all, I think that the cigar starts off a little rough around the edges and comes into its own as it turns to ash. By the time I hit the end of the smoke I was happy with the rich flavors that were being produced. This isn’t a cigar that I would consider for earlier on in the day but goes well later in the evening after a heavy meal.
With these smokes being so easily obtained on CigarBid for just a few dollars per stick, I think that this is something definitely worth trying. I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on the 2006 branding on the band as it seems that these are being produced in large quantities long after the discontinuation in 2006.