Articles Written By: Ernesto Padilla

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“Substance & Style: Bigger Isn’t Better. Better Is Better”

“Substance & Style: Bigger Isn’t Better. Better Is Better”

People love to say things like, "you get more complexity out of a bigger ring," or "they burn cooler." By that rationale, should we expect to see a regular-production 90-ring cigar? It's rumored that there's one heading to the market, actually. It'll probably sell like hotcakes. To each their own, I guess, but with all due respect, I am not a fan. Making and smoking cigars, there's better balance and flavors in smaller rings - you get the best of both worlds.
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Substance and Style: Why Miami?

Substance and Style: Why Miami?

When you think "cigar factory," it's easy to think of the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, and even Cuba. What you may not know is that the United States once was the cigar-making capital of the world. Today, America's premium cigar rolling business is but a shadow of its former self. So why do we make cigars here? Why make Padilla Miami 8&11 right at the corner of 8th St. and 11th Ave., right in the heart of one of the most expensive cities in America?
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Substance and Style: State of the Art

Substance and Style: State of the Art

In this month's installment of Substance and Style, Cigar maker Ernesto Padilla asks readers to imagine looking back through family photos 20 or 30 years from now, and ask themselves this question: What do I want to see? Do you want to see yourself drinking an Angel Tears IPA, wearing Crocs, Capri pants and a Scooby Doo t-shirt? Or do you want to see something timeless and classic?
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Substance and Style: Discovering the Hidden Pleasures Within

Substance and Style: Discovering the Hidden Pleasures Within

Good design is more than just making something "look nice." It's substance benefiting from style. Good design is also honest: it makes a promise, and then delivers. But above all, good design informs the good life. Don't believe me? Let me ask you this: have you ever stood next to an exotic sports car? I recently had the opportunity to do exactly that during a racing experience with Miami Exotic Auto Racing. It is an experience I recommend to anyone with a driver's license and a pulse.
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