Padron Damaso No.12 with The Monarch

The Monarch Cocktail

While this cocktail has many variations, the original was created in 2003 by Douglas Ankrah (Creator of Lab and Townhouse bars in London).

  • Nose:  lemon and mint
  • Taste:  tangy, very herbal with bright lemon, crisp
  • Finish:  tangy mint with lingering lemon
  • Overall:  crisp and  refreshing

The Monarch Cocktail – Recipe

  • 2oz Gin
  • 1.5 Lemon Juice
  • 1oz St. Germaine
  • 0.25oz Agave Syrup
  • Mint
  • Lemon Zest Garnish

Padron Damaso No.12

Named for Jose Padron’s grandfather, Damaso, this is the first mild offering from Padron.

Filler:  Nicaraguan, Binder:  Nicaraguan, Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut-seed

  • Cold Draw:  cream, orange, and milk chocolate
  • First Third:  starts off with major notes of cedar that transform into caramel, grass, coffee, with cream-scented smoke, a fuller mild
  • Second Third:  mild-medium, the sweet creaminess from the first third continues into the second, with new nutty and pepper flavors
  • Final Third:  medium bodied, pepper/nut/cream flavors continue with an additional note of soft earth
  • Overall:  A solid mild-medium cigar with a complexity of flavors uncommon in most connecticut cigars, although that’s to be expected from Padron!

The Pairing

The drink takes some of the fullness out of the cigar, resulting in a true medium stick.  The pepper of the cigar and lemon from the drink tame each other, bringing the cream and herbs to the front of the flavor.

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