Padillla Dominus (Joint Review)

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Padillla Dominus (Joint Review)

Padilla Dominus - 1

Padilla Dominus - 2Brand: Padilla Dominus
Blender: Ernesto Padilla
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Cuban-seed Corojo 06
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Origin: Honduras
MSRP: Aprox. $9.76
Purchased From: Gettysburg Cigar Company


Padilla is a boutique brand of cigars founded by Ernesto and Carlos Padilla in 2003. Before opening a factory of his own, Padilla was best known for their El Rey de los Habanos made boutique lines.

The Padilla Dominus is available in 7 sizes, which includes Churchill (48 x 7.00), Torpedo (52 x 6.25), Double Robusto (54 x 5.00), Toro Gordo (52 x 6.00), Corona Gorda (46 x 5.75), Robusto (50 x 5.00), and a Perla (44 x 4.00). They are available in boxes of 24, except the Perla which is 30 to a box, at a price range of $217.00 – $264.00 and for the Perla the price is around $200.00 per box.


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A few weeks ago, Mike (KnightRid) was kind enough to send me a Padilla Dominus. I had never smoked the cigar and had it on my wish list as something I wanted to try. After we reviewed the San Cristobal by Ashton, we got to talking about doing another review in the future. It turns out that coordinating a review is a little harder than it sounds. The easy way to go was to smoke the Padilla Dominus as a joint first impressions review.

After some discussion, it seemed that our samples were the same. Both exhibited a dark brown wrapper with a reddish hue. When pinched, both samples were firmly packed with tobacco. Only my sample showed signs of a small soft spot while Mike’s was uniformly packed from head to foot. Neither one of us got a strong odor off the wrapper or foot, just a subtle barnyard smell that faded quickly.

After clipping, despite the firm feel and dense looking foot, the draw was free flowing with a bit of resistance. The cold draw produced a mildly sweet flavor that made me think of some sort of dark red fruit.

First Third:

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After cutting our cigars, we moved to the toasting and lighting process. Before long, both samples were evenly lit and producing a steady supply of smoke. After retrohaling the first puff, I was blasted by a crisp spiciness. The spice was quick and sharp, lasting for a very short time before dissipating. The body was medium to start and gradually worked its way towards medium to full as the first third progressed. The finish was smooth and mildly creamy. Just to note, Mike was getting a sweet sensation on the roof of his mouth also.

When it came to burning characteristics, both cigars performed differently. On my my sample, I experienced a weak ash with some flowering while Mike’s cigar produced a firmly compacted ash. Both cigars, however, did produce a light colored ash and steady supply of smoke.

Second Third:

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After a little more than an hour, we reached the second third of our Padilla Dominus Cigars. As we expected from our experiences with the first third, the body slowly progressed from medium to medium to full. The finish remained smooth and creamy across the palate. When the smoke was passed through the sinus, I was presented with a heavy spice that seemed to gravitate towards the front of my nose. This spice was fast and clean, only lingering for a few seconds before completely dissipating.

In the flavor department, I was getting practically the same affect as through the sinus. The flavor was primarily towards the front of my mouth and focused on the soft palate, directly behind my front teeth, The focused flavor was that of spice. As this subsided, I picked up some sweet tones as well as some wood tones. Mike on the other hand, was getting more of the spice on the back sides of his tongue, but the same overall effect and flavor.

Final Third:

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We were about an hour and a half into the cigar at this point and everything was going pretty well. Spice in the cigar was still running in the forefront while we were getting some sweetness and a very nice creaminess that coated the palette with a dense enjoyable smoke. Body was into the full range at this point but even for Mike it was not overbearing. The retrohale was smooth with a spicy finish to it that was enjoyable rather than being rough. Not very much changed in the flavor profile. Our palettes were getting a bit weary at this point, although Mike’s was not as much as mine, but the cigar was still very good, and we nubbed them with toothpicks.

Mike was also getting a dry feeling which made him drink more water, although I did not drink any more than normal. I may have actually drank a bit less than I normally do.

A couple burn issues popped up requiring a few touch ups along the way but with the cigar being enjoyable it was not too much of a bother. We both had some wrapper issues from the middle into this final third but they never got out of hand and we burnt straight through them with no ill effects to the flavor of the cigar.

Final Thoughts:

Padilla Dominus - 7

By the time our cigars were ready to be placed into our respective ashtrays for good, you can safely say that we enjoyed them thoroughly. Despite the flavor profile being a little straight forward, lacking distinct flavor changes, the smoke was rich and complex from start to finish.

With a price point residing outside of what I normally spend for a day to day cigar, I can definitely see the Padilla Dominus in my future. It may not make the cut as an every day smoke but it would be a great way to end a rough work week, especially if paired up with a nice spirit.

enjoying cigars since 2005

22 thoughts on “Padillla Dominus (Joint Review)

  1. Excellent timing on the review Walt!!! Just got 10 of them in today. And based upon what you wrote up, I’m confident I’ll not be dissappointed. Sounds just like what I was hoping to get. Might go fire it up right now heh

  2. Excellent review. Reading reviews aren’t the same as watching the video reviews I think that followers get more from it that way. Keep up the great work.

  3. Nice joint review.
    It sounds like a decent cigar.
    What is the size you guys smoked? I saw where you listed the sizes made but unless I’m missing it I don’t see the size you reviewed.

    1. I believe it was the Toro Gordo – cant believe I didnt include that in the review – DOH

      Blame it on the new guy 😉 I never even thought about it.


      1. Thats strange, I could have swore I had it in the section with the cigar information (wrapper, binder, filler, origin, etc…). I must have deleted it when editing and forgot to add it back in. I’m almost positive we smoked the Corona Gorda. I would have remembered if it was the Toro Gorda because the Ring Gauge on that stick is larger than I typically smoke, so it would have stood out to me.

  4. Great review. I have been eyeing up these sticks for the past month and I think I’ll put the trigger on a few this weekend.

  5. Thanks Mike.
    I usually like a 50 to 54 ring guage and a 6×52 happens to be just about my favorite size.
    Once again, nice review.

  6. Howdy, all. Thanks for the review, guys.

    I really like the joint reviews, even if time constraints dictate a first-impressions review.

    (And an aside: I’m a bit surprised you have traffic circles in the States, and surprised that they don’t work well. Up here in Canada, specifically Edmonton, Alberta, we have them, and as long as people know what they’re doing, they work great. A little ticked they’re slowly getting rid of them.)


  7. Oops! So it was a Corona Gorda then.
    I didn’t read past Mikes answer before my last post. See, nobody’s perfect.
    Thanks again guys.

  8. Nice review, guys. When I get through some of the sticks I have, I’ll try to pick some of these up.

  9. Holy cow, this Dominus is a stellar cigar. This is what I like in Padilla. I think it’s easily a home run for Padilla.

  10. Very nice fellas. Like the joint review concept and this was a good cigar to cover with two opinions. Good stuff – keep it comin’!

  11. Looks like you guys are about to smoke something other than cigars!

    I just thought that this would have been funny. I love you guys but this was too good to pass-up especially with my prepubescent sense of humor.

  12. A great review, If you wanted the Padilla Dominus cigar’s that they are on sale at the Cigar International website. I love the Padilla Dominus in the torpedo size.

  13. Got a box of churchills, had one after letting them set for a week just to see how they were and it kicked my ass! Definitely one of the strongest cigars I’ve ever had. I like to retro-hale cigars a lot, and this one had me cringing in glee! I loved the flavors, but I think I’m going to let these set in the humi for a few months to help with the harshness.

  14. Great job as per norm guys. I was smoking an identical size as you while watching but had some different outcomes. Like you, burn was a bit off at times. Flavors were mostly at the back of the tongue and consisted of straw/hay/grass and earth. Very strange at three totally different profiles. Going to give one to THECIGARNUTand we will see what he thinks. ANYWAY, nice joint review. Kudos to SR.

  15. i have become a big Padilla fan. the 1932 and the Miami are incredible. i just bought 3 of the Dominus and cant wait to try them thanks for the great review… sounds like I’m in for a treat.

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