Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Padrón 1926 Serie 80th Anniversary Perfecto

Vitola: 6 ¾" x 54
Wrapper:
Nicaraguan Sungrown Maduro
Binder:
Nicaraguan Sungrown
Filler: Padrón 1926 Serie Blend

Notes: This cigar is the first ever perfecto shape from Padrón, created to commemorate the 80th birthday of the patriarch and founder in 1964 of Padrón cigars, José Orlando Padrón. 500 of these cigars were handed out to attendees of the Saturday morning seminars at The Big Smoke 2006 in Las Vegas.

This perfecto has the trademark 1926 Serie box press, and a lush Nicaraguan sun grown maduro wrapper. The blend is most similar to the Padrón 1926 Serie 40th Anniversary cigar blend, which is a tweaked version of the 1926 blend, dubbed "The Family Blend".

These cigars will be sold in boxes of 8 cigars per box, with limited distribution of only 1-2 boxes per vendor for each shipment.

Appearance: As one would expect, this cigar is made with the finest construction. It is firm and evenly packed, and just in general quite the specimen to behold. The wrapper was a beautiful deep chocolate, and was practically glistening with oils.

Pre-Light: The clip was easy and can be, and the prelight draw was smooth and easy. There were notes of sweet chocolate and coffee in the prelight.

Burn/Draw: This cigars aesthetics were fantastic. It burned like a dream! The burn line was straight from the very beginning and never wavered one iota the whole time I was smoking it. The draw was just short of free and easy, and allowed the cigar to burn just cool enough to allow for tons of fragrant, rich smoke. Overall, I could not have been happier with these aspects of this cigar, it was a benchmark for how a cigar should smoke. The ask was mottled grey and held for almost two inches.


Flavors: I am not going to beat around the bush, this was on tasty cigar! To me it combined the best aspects of both of the "Anniversary" lines produced by Padrón. It combined the some of the spice, and oomph of the 1964 maduro cigars, along with the rich and creaminess of the 1926 Serie. . . It began with coca and chocolate, and built to a cinnamon hotness and a slightly peppery ending. Every moment of it was an exercise in decadence that one get only once in a very long while.

The only drawback to this cigar is it is a tad cost prohibitive. I do feel this needs mentioned, as it is a cigar one can only have on special occasions, if ever. Despite how much I enjoyed this cigar, I wonder if it was really that much better than the 1964, or 1926 lines, and it is significantly more expensive. That said I was quite happy to get the opportunity to smoke and review this cigar, and it might be worth your while to try one as well.


TomC

1 comment:

Writing said...

I think this is one of the Cuban cigars that I would love to taste. Nice to know that it is the first ever perfecto shape from Padrón, created to commemorate the 80th birthday of the patriarch and founder in 1964 of Padrón cigars, José Orlando Padrón. I hope I were there among the attendees of the Saturday morning seminars at The Big Smoke 2006 in Las Vegas.