This limited release size in the 1926 blend was created as an exclusive for the Tobacconist Association of America or the TAA. The award-winning Padron 1926 Serie Blend premiered in 2002 to commemorate Jose O. Padron’s 75th birthday. Let’s face it, when it comes to Padron the brand speaks for itself, so let’s get into the review, shall we?
Cigar Review: Padron Serie 1926 No. 48
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacos Cubanica S.A.
Ring Gauge: 60
Vitola: No. 48
Strength: Medium Plus
The Look: Opening the 10 count box of the No. 48 1926 from Padron is like looking at a box of chocolates. The cigars are horizontally placed in the box in two rows of 5. The cream-colored band with accents of red and gold is a sign of excellence and good things to come. The cigar is bumpy but extremely well rolled. The Maduro wrapper has some oils present and a few thin veins. The cigar is well packed, and the ring gauge doesn’t feel as big in a box press especially after smoking a 70 ring gauge on the show this past weekend.
The Notes: The aroma off the foot has a subtle sweetness but the star of the show is the strong cedar to the nose, so much so it might be the most cedar like aroma I have experienced. The cold draw has hints of cedar, vanilla and mocha.
Once the cigar is evenly toasted and lit its time to kick back and enjoy this cigar as I prepare my show notes for this weekends podcast. The initial notes are woodsy with a hint of leather components. There seems to be a rich chocolate note trying to come out as the first third nears a close but it has only briefly shown itself. On the retrohale of the 1926 No. 48 I am reminded of banana bread which is a first for me.
Moving into the second third as the ash drops off the leather notes remain subtle as the notes of chocolate and/or mocha (I’m on the fence) begin to take center stage with a base note of cedar. As the center cut of the cigar comes to a close notes of coffee begin to develop that are enhanced on the retrohale.
The last third of the TAA Exclusive 1928 No. 48 sees the notes of coffee become dominant as the subtle sweetness of mocha remains in the background. The moderate finish is woody, and the cigar remains smooth on the retrohale adding to a wonderful aroma at the smoke concludes.
The Burn: A nice slow burning cigar with a thin combustion line that showcases the well aged tobacco is what the Padron serves up. The draw was idea and the ash held on in one-third increments. The cigar remained lit from first light to last puff with a near perfect burn line that never wavered.
The Finish: I recently heard that 60RG cigars have become the number two selling size in the industry and while I still won’t reach for one outside of a review I have grown accustom to them. The flavors on the 1926 No. 48 are what i call dark and complex and the result is an experience that is both enjoyable and memorable.