Padron is a company big on numbers. The Padron 1964 Anniversario is a reference to the year Padron was founded. The 1926 Serie is for the year that Jose Orlando Padron was born, and today’s cigar was to celebrate his 80th birthday. Born in Pinar del Rio in Cuba. the patriarch of Padron is currently 89 years old.
The perfecto Padron cigar is made with some of the oldest tobacco the company owns and it is made by only one and one roller who are limited to a total of 300 cigars per day.
Cigar: Padron 80 Years
Size: 6.75 x 54 (Box-Pressed Perfecto)
Source: Two Guys Smoke Shop
The Look: The dark maduro wrapper has a fair amount of oils visible with some veins and is flawlessly rolled and box pressed. The cigar utilizes two bands one the classic Serie 1926 and the second denoting 80 Years. In the hand the cigar is firm with no soft spots and the wrapper feels gritty under the fingers with some significant magnesium bumps. There are bumps on the wrapper that look like goose pimples and for me the sign of something outstanding to come.
The Notes: The cold draw of the Padron Serie 1926 Maduro has a sweetness that reminds me of the marshmallows in a box of Lucky Charms and some hints of cocoa. The aroma off the wrapper is sweet and mocha like.
Once the cigar is lit the Padron stands out about all other perfecto cigars, but more on that during The Burn. The initial notes of coffee are joined by the alternating of mocha and cocoa with the heavier note ultimately winning out before the first third comes to a close. There is some nuts thrown in as well that come to light as the smoke is retrohaled.
In the second third of the Padron the smooth notes and balance is what many cigars strive to be but only a few can obtain. Mocha transitions into a dark chocolate with continued coffee and nuts. As the second third some hints of leather are introduced.
The last third sees the leather notes become dominant with a lingering coffee finish. The sweetness comes and goes as does the nuttiness. The only negative is that I want to smoke another, despite the fact this lasted me for almost 2 hours.
The Burn: Finding a perfecto that performs like the Padron Serie 1926 80 Years is going to be nearly impossible. The draw of the cigar was perfection from the cold draw to the first light to the last puff. The burn of the cigar was razor-sharp and straight all the way through with a light color ash that was slightly flaky and held for an inch and a half at a time.
The Finish: At work we have a grill right outside the back door of my office and today my coworker made sausage and peppers for lunch. So after lunch I wanted to review something exceptional that hadn’t been reviewed on the website before. Lets’s face it had I wanted to really pair the meal with a cigar I would have opted for a Byron Londinenses. Anyway, I digress. The Padron 1926 really stacked up well against the hearty meal and the cigar was mouth-watering and perhaps one of the most enjoyable Padron’s I have smoked to date. At over $31 a stick it is a special occasion cigar but sometimes a really good lunch is special enough to light one of these up.