Padron 1926 Serie No. 2 Maduro Belicoso

Padron 1926 Serie No. 2 Maduro Belicoso

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5 1/2 x 52
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Maduro
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$18 each

Please welcome Lee who just joined our team of authors. He kicks off with a review of this delicious Padron 1926.

Quite simply, this is the finest cigar I have smoked to date. Pre-smoke, my thoughts were it’s one of those deals where reality has to depart from hype. Well, I was mistaken, to say the least.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★★
The maduro wrapper is a dark, luscious chocolate. This belicoso is a wonderful example of a perfectly sized cigar. I would prefer the omission of a box-press, but this is a staple of the Padron line and something that is of no significance with regard to the quality or appearance of this stogie.

Padron 1926 Serie No. 2 Maduro Belicoso

Construction : Rating: ★★★★★
The construction of this cigar is perfect… truly a standard to which all other cigars should aspire. The pre-light draw was just as nice as the post. There were no issues with burn. The initial ash lasted well over an inch, which was followed up almost to a “t” with the second, final ash.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★★
Pick this cigar up and smell the foot. Awesome!! This Padron had a terrific, full tobacco smell… with a hint of barnyard. The first third of this smoke was full of hickory wood and peppery spice, with a beautiful, evenly burning ash. Almost immediately, you notice that this is a strong and full-bodied stick, but not to a negative… it was just right. About an inch in, I noticed a subtle chocolaty sweetness… pure delight!

The second third turned into a creamy sensation, with a nice coffee taste that slowly turned spicy into the final third of the smoke. I thought the last portions were fantastic! There were nice earthy tones to go along with the peppery spices. Close to the end tastes of parched nuts started to prevail, leaving me truly sad that I could no longer hold onto the stick.

Value : Rating: ★★★★☆
Value is my only knock on this cigar. At $17 or so a stick it is definitely well-placed in the super premium range. However, you get what you pay for, right? In this case… absolutely!

I took one star away in this category only because there are some mighty close sticks in the sub-$10 range. One off the top of my head is the Ashton VSG Illusion. The Ashton VSG doesn’t carry the strength of this smoke, but it’s certainly close enough in flavor and strength to be a formidable opponent, at almost half the price. Regardless, the fact remains that this belicoso exhibits all the character a connoisseur could possible desire.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★★
This stogie not only lives up to the hype, but ditches it at the door. Fire this stick up and you will soon understand what the term “full-bodied” means. You will also understand what it means to spend an hour and a half smoking one of the finest cigars the industry has to offer.