First things first. I’d like to thank Cigar Inspector and Tex Cigars for this fine smoke. I won a contest and this was included in the package. As a meager thank you, I’ve decided to do a review on each cigar I received. Now let’s cut to the chase. The envelope please. Drum roll please. And the winner is: Padron Serie 1926 #6 Natural. The 1926 line premiered in 2002 commemorating the birth year of Jose O. Padron. All tobaccos used in the cigar have been aged five years. Production is limited to 100,000 cigars a year.
Among most American cigar smokers these days, the large ring gauge is king. I’ll be up front. I am not a fan of large ring gauges. Quite often I find cigars with a 52+ ring to have muted flavors and iffy complexity. Not to mention they just aren’t very comfortable to have in your mouth. I consider Coronas, Lonsdales, and Lanceros to be the ideal cigar vitolas, and consider them connoisseur sizes. That said I am a fan of the Padron thousand series cigars. Furthermore, it is the one line of cigars that I feel are better in their maduro version then they are in a natural wrapper. That is significant because those who have read my reviews know I’m not a maduro fan as a rule either. So this particular cigar is a bit intriguing to me because I’m curious what will win out with me, the fact that I like Padron maduros or the fact I dislike huge ring guages.
The 1926 series were released to celebrate Jose Padron's 75th anniversary and they are all box-pressed. Padron Serie 1926 No. 1 is a luxurious cigar that must be resting in the humidor for special occasions. It boasts a strikingly beautiful wrapper and one of the most complex flavors I have ever experienced.
Padron 2000 must be my favorite everyday cigar. What I especially appreciate is its consistency - I am always getting a good draw, a regular burn, and a nice (although not too complex) pack of flavors. And impressive clouds of smoke that make me look like a 'goodfella'...
The Padron 5000 was just added to the inventory of my tobacco shop. Of course, I have to try all the new items first. When the owner opened the box it was love at first sight. I just knew that this was going to be a good cigar. I wasn't disappointed at all.
This a very very well known, expensive, hard to find and hyped up cigar. Padron Anniversaries appear almost monthly in CA and consistantly receive 90+ scores. Are they worth the price or trouble finding them? I say yes to both. They live up to all the hype and probably then some