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An Interview with Ernesto Padilla

A conversation with Ernesto Padilla, owner of Miami's Padilla Cigar Co.
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
Armand Assante, Mar/Apr 2008

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Q: You made the Padilla brand in tribute to your father. Let's talk about what the numbers mean.

A: '32 is when my father was born. I wanted a cigar to commemorate his birth date. 1948 is when he published his first book of poetry. 1968 he published Fuero del Juego.

Q: Can you describe your brands, and how they differ in strength?

A: To me, none of them are extremely full-bodied cigars. I think they're just rich. Maybe if you haven't been smoking for a while it's not the cigar for you, but if you want to experiment with something richer in flavor and complexity, these cigars are a good way to start. I'd say the 1932 is probably one of the fuller ones.

Q: I'm smoking the '32 now—I'd say it's a medium-plus body.

A: Five to seven years ago people would probably have considered that a full body. I think the Miami and the '32 are, strengthwise, what a Cuban is.

Q: And the '48?

A: For me it's a milder smoke. I smoke it earlier in the day.

Q: How many cigars do you smoke a day? I think you've smoked three so far during the time we've been together.

A: On average? Probably six to maybe sometimes 10. I lose track.

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