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“Rounding out” square-shaped cigars

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Q. Are all Padron cigar sizes box-pressed? I like the taste of Padron very much so I order some from time to time. They always arrive box-pressed. However, in the catalog photos they look round. I like the flavor of Padron cigars but I don’t like the feel of a box-pressed cigar in my mouth.
– Joe O.

A. Yes, Padron cigars are box-pressed, yet some are slightly rounder-looking than others. The high-end Padron cigars such as the Padron Anniversary 1964 cigars and Padron 1926 cigars series are sharply box-pressed. Suffice to say, the box-pressed shape is a Padron hallmark.

I’m also aware that some cigar smokers are not comfortable with a square shaped cigar, but if it’s only from time to time, I have a tip for you: Once the head of the cigar has been softened from being in your mouth a while, you can gently bite down on the corners and round it out. Remember, the cigar was round before it was square. It takes a little practice, but that’s the best I can suggest if you want to continue enjoying Padron cigars.

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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