In the world of Cigars, the house of Padron is the one of the most prestigious and well-respected. Started by Jose Padron in 1964, Padron 1926 Serie is a dedication to Jose’s birth year. It also won “Top Cigar” in 2007, in Cigar Aficionado Magazine so I decided to give it a try. The 1926 Serie features a Nicaraguan wrapper, binder and tobacco and is stronger than the Padron 1964 Anniversary Series.
Always weary of those double-digit priced offenders I chose the No. 35 short robusto which was priced $14.95; the lowest of the batch. At first inspection, this bad boy looks great. This half hour smoke features a beautiful dark brown maduro wrapper. It’s firm but soft to the touch, and only two visible veins.
The double band is spicy. It’s very classy and all the sticks come with a unique serial number.
After cutting the cigar I took a sniff and was pleasantly surprised by the scent. I lit it up and was impressed by the initial face. The draw was just right and the initial taste wasn’t overpowering; subtle spice too which I don’t mind. Additionally the ash was firm with the whitest grey I’ve ever seen, if that makes any sense.
Wow what a great cigar. Everything is moving along nicely with this bad boy. Right now I’m thinking dam I should have picked up more of these. Its got a great slow burn and the smoke ring is going out even.
The final third on this Padron 1926 Serie has built up into a complex smoke with no harshness in sight. The peppery flavor is a slightly stronger now and the hints of cream make this a winner. I did hit a snag with the cigar going out though. After a couple of tries with the matches I was back in business. With a couple of more puffs, I put this one to bed.
I loved this cigar. My only gripe is the cost. But with lines like Padron, and Davidoff that is to be expected. If you’re interested in the 1926 Serie, I suggest trying to catch a sale online. Brick and mortar smoke shops will usually retail this cigar much higher. But if you’re like me, the price tag shouldn’t deter you from missing a great experience. And this is one to certainly not miss.
4.5 out of 5 crowns