Padrón Serie 1926 40th Anniversary Maduro

Padrón Serie 1926 40th Anniversary Maduro

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6.5 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : $25

Padrón has a habit of celebrating important anniversaries with style, and the company’s 40th Anniversary is no exception. In 2004, Padrón released a stunning box-pressed torpedo named the Serie 1926 40th Anniversary. It garnered almost universal critical acclaim when it came out, but can this cigar hold up to its own mystique eight years later?

After looking through the neglected corners of my humidor I happened across a box of maduro wrapped 40th Anniversary cigars from 2004. They have a wonderful aroma of dark chocolate delightfully balanced with cedar from the box. These eight year old cigars still have their distinct box press with a dark and slightly toothy wrapper. Like all Serie 1926 cigars, the construction is perfect with tight seams, an even bunch, and a gracefully tapered head.

The 40th Anniversary is sweet and rich bursting with dusty cocoa, earth, espresso, and a hint of tea on the long finish. It is very smooth on the nose with subtle spices gently warming the palate. Midway through the cigar a pleasing note of roasted nuts materializes as the espresso fades. Of course, the cigar never became bitter. This is one of those special cigars that can seem both rich and bold while retaining a sense of refinement and finesse.

At around $25 each, the 40th Anniversary is not a bargain; however, it represents a solid value with its bold delivery of flavor and perfect construction. This cigar showcases how masterful the blenders at Padrón are, not only with the balance and complexity of the individual cigar, but also with the consistency these cigars provide from year to year. When you purchase a box of Padrón Anniversary cigars you know that you’re getting what you’re expecting.

Appearance/Structure – 15/15
Smoking Characteristics – 24/25
Flavor – 24/25
Overall Impression – 32/35

Total – 95