Padron 1926

 

6-13-12 been in humidor since 9-28-11

Padron 1926 no.2 52 x 5.5

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Blender: Jorge Padron

 

The 1926 was a cigar released in 2002 in honor of Jose Padrons 75th anniversary. The cigar differs than the “Anniversary” line in a few ways, one of the more notable ways is that the tobacco is aged for an additional year; 5 as opposed to 4 years. To Padron, this is significant. The tobacco they use is aged extensively prior to rolling and not at all after. Many companies, most actually, will age cigars post roll. This is done because it helps to even out the moisture in the cigars that is picked up in the rolling process. When you add moisture to a cigar it begins a very mild fermentation. The aging room takes a cigar past this fermentation period and lets all the ammonia dissipate. Padron does not do this. The theory is that they age the tobacco enough before it is rolled that amonia is not a problem. Some will claim that scientifically this is an issue, especially since Padron applies their wrapper with significantly more moisture than many other factories. Clearly Padron does not think so. The 1926 is bunched, bound, banded, pressed, and shipped. No aging room. The Factory does not have an aging room in the same way that other factories do. Jorge Padron has noted in the past that they are always “out of cigars” because as soon as they are rolled they are packaged and exported. Looking back on my tour of the several factories in Nicaragua, the Padron Factory was the only one that we did not get to see an aging room. That explains why.

 

Apparently its worked for them. This is one of the most highly regarded cigars on the market. It has quite a reputation to live up to. As always I will do my best to keep the reputation from influencing my review.

 

The cigar is a rich deep brown with extensive veins. The seams are prominent and the cap looks thick and heavily applied. Its is box pressed and therefore wont roll off the table. It has an overall rustic look to the wrapper. The number on the second band reads “No 571027,” This number was put there to ensure quality and authenticity. The fine print in the band reads “Authenticity guaranteed by Jose O Padron”

The deep reddish-brown, gold and cream band has become an icon for the company and may as well be a status symbol.

The smell is fairly sweet unlit. Its sweeter than most cigars that I can remember. It is earthy in an “autumn” kind of way. The lick on the cap feels oily in the mouth but the flavor is light. I clip with my Xikar Xi2 and am greeted with a flavorful and smooth draw. The resistance is exactly where I want it to be and the flavor while cold mimics the bouquet stated above.

 

After a light with a soft flame I am greeted with a sweeter wood flavor and a very light spice. This reminds me of a sweeter more refined version of a classic Nicaraguan profile. Through the nose there is a hefty amount of spice and a toasty undertone. The finish has quite a bit of spice that lingers for almost an awkwardly long time.

As the cigar settles in there are other flavors that come into play. There is a very light anise note that comes and goes but it is very much in the background. Toasted bread comes to mind as well but I hesitate to actually pin that down. The initial flavors and through the nose are at worst quite good, however the spice on the finish continues to linger much longer and with more intensity than feels right for it. If this was right out of a box that was right from the factory I could understand the amount of spice on the finish. I would also expect a slight ammonia flavor. The cigar has been in my humidor for 9 months, who-knows-how-long in the previous humidor (being that this was a gift (thanks James!)) and maybe a bit in a shop. There is no ammonia, just a heavy spice; and that is only too much on the finish.

 

As the middle third begins the finish on the spice tones down quite a bit. This is a good thing. The burn is not perfect but it does keep itself from a corrective light. The sweeter wood flavor is what dominates the initial flavor. It almost has a “sharp” quality to it. This is a very unique tasting cigar. Just past the mid point is where I start to understand why people have so much love for this cigar. It has finally come into balance.

 

The final third actually brings on even more sweetness. Beyond that, the flavor is about the same. It seems to be burning faster than many cigars of similar sizes. For me I would expect to be at this point of the cigar at one hour and thirty minutes. I am at about one hour. Normally this would be a non-issue. However, the reason that this is an issue is that it took me half of that time to get to a point where it was enjoyable. Even now, it is enjoyable, but I do not think it has come anywhere near the hype that it gets. By the end of the cigar it has turned out to be a medium to full bodied cigar.

 

Burn to the nub

Burn time: 1 hour 45 minutes.

 

If it wasn’t for that first 30 minutes or so the rating would be as follows:

 

Burn: 9

Draw: 10

Taste: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Construction: 9

Balance: 8

Feel: 9

Overall: 8.9 of 10

 

However, the first 30 minutes did exist.

 

 

Burn: 9

Draw: 10

Taste: 9

Aftertaste: 7

Construction: 9

Balance: 6

Feel: 8

Overall: 8.3 of 10

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~ by kuzi16 on June 13, 2012.

2 Responses to “Padron 1926”

  1. I had one of these a few weeks ago, not sure how long it had been in the humi at least a couple months and it to was gifted so who knows how old it was.
    I to wasn’t overly impressed at first but about a third if the way in started to fall in live with it.
    Turned into one of those sticks where I wished I had another to light up.
    One of the few super premiums that I feel is worth the price tag.

  2. Great Review! Will have to find one soon and check it out.

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