Padilla Artemis CigarsPadilla Artemis cigars are noted as one of the best on the market right now. This stick is the latest from the Padilla Cigar Company. It is also the very first box-pressed smoke in which the company has ever offered.

Ernesto Padilla and his brother Carlos embarked on an entrepreneurship together and founded their company on April 24, 2003. These boys are well known in the tobacco industry, as they have been part of a long family history of tobacco growers. Their great-grandparents, from Cuba, owned a tobacco farm in the beautiful Pinar del Rio region. Even Ernesto and Carlos' father grew up on this farm.

The Padilla Artemis cigar is one of many hand-rolled premium high quality smokes that this company offers. Constructed in their factory in Honduras, this smoke is a medium to full bodied Nicaraguan puro and is made with Aganorsa's Cuban-seed criollo and corojo tobaccos. The Padilla Artemis cigars started out as a brick and mortar exclusive, but can now be found online. The rich blend of Nicaraguan long fillers has gotten many reviewers excited about this one. They are available in the Robusto, a 5 x 54; the Torpedo, a 6 1/4 x 52; the Toro, a 6 x 54; and the Double Torpedo, a 6 3/4 x 56. They range from $10 to $13 per stick.

The wrapper on the Padilla Artemis cigar is a calico (multi shades of chocolate) colored maduro and is moderately oily. The cap is triple wrapped and the band sports the gold and brown logo of the lion crest, followed by the dark orange company shield. Bellow this logo band is a second band that is also in the dark orange range and has the name of the stick embossed into it.

Reviewers stated that the box pressed shape did not seem to have any effect on the near perfect draw. Those that tried the Robusto said that it was very easy to light, it provided an even burn line, and provided an ample amount of smoke. They also noted a sweet, leathery taste with quite a bit of a pepper bite to it during the first couple of puffs. After that, reviewers said that the peppery notes tapered down and gave way to the earthy, hardwood flavors and the fruitiness of oranges.

The second third of the stick was noted to bring on some chocolaty overtones with a nuttiness likened to almonds. One of the reviews stated that the hardwood flavoring seemed to change from a nice cedar to a deep oak note. Even well into the second third, all reviews stated that the burn line was consistently perfect. The hardwood undertones and the mild sweetness are still present. A good amount of pepper was also noted and it stayed present into the final third.

The final third changed very little and kept the nice spicy note according to the reviews. The Padilla Artemis cigars seemed to stay quite consistent and well balanced with flavors from the beginning to the end, right down to the nub. Most also noted that as it was consistent, the blend was not complex. Ernesto Padilla is known for his uncanny ability to meld together his love for art with his passion for cigars, and this one is no exception!

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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