Padilla Miami 8 & 11 Cigars
Padilla Miami 8 & 11
One of the most legendary cigars of Little Havana returns, the Padilla 8 & 11. The Padilla Miami 8 & 11 took the world by storm in 2005 earning a Top 25 honor from Cigar Aficionado for the creation. This cigar was a collaboration between Ernesto Padilla and Don Pepín García, who was, at the time a rising star in the industry. The cigars were rolled at the El Rey de los Habanos factory on the corner of 8th and 11th in the heart of Miami's Calle Ocho. In 2008, the partnership ended and production was moved to Honduras where it was renamed the Padilla Miami. While the cigar continued to be a Nicaraguan puro, many contended it just never had the heart that the original had. In 2011, Ernesto announced that the Miami 8 & 11 was returning in a singular size, a Robusto. Two-hundred boxes were made at Miami's El Titan de Bronze factory making this one of the last cigars Willy Herrera blended before leaving to work for Drew Estate. For the first time ever, the Miami would not be a Nicaraguan puro, but it now features an Ecuadorian wrapper being placed over Nicaraguan binder and fillers that include AGANORSA leaf.
The limited nature of the Padilla Miami 8 & 11 has made it difficult to find, but those who find them are rewarded with a full-bodied and full flavored smoking experience that is worthy of the original frontmark. Flavors are dominated by nuts joined by leather and earth with an ample dose of pepper. There's a bit of creaminess that isn't a characteristic of the AGANORSA tobacco in the filler, but it's a nice added addition. The Padilla Miami 8 & 11 is not a mirror of the original, but for many it might be better. It's a bit more balanced, a bit more complex and a bit sweeter than the original, but its still full, as the 8 & 11 has been since 2005.
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