Padilla 88 Aniversario Robusto
This new smoke hit the market earlier last year, created by brand owner Ernesto Padilla to honor the 88th birthday of his father Heberto. Heberto Padilla was a famed Cuban poet who was imprisoned in 1971 for criticizing the Cuban government, sparking what became known as “The Padilla Affair.” The smoke is gorgeous, made in Nicaragua by A.J. Fernandez, with a beautiful Ecuador Havana wrapper and a touch of Pelo d’Oro filler in the blend, a fickle seed varietal that’s tough to grow. The smoke has notes of butterscotch, earth and caramel, with a honeyed finish.