- Made by: Padrón
- Wrapper: Nicaraguan
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Ring Gauge: 50
- Length: 4.75”
The 1926 Series was introduced in 2002 to commemorate José O. Padrón’s 75th birthday. While the line comes with both maduro and natural wrappers and is offered in five sizes, I had the Robusto maduro. This particular cigar is considered full of strength and bold flavors, containing only tobacco that has been aged between five and ten years. It is seen as a go-to premium cigar due to overall quality by many people and has become a staple in any number of humidors.
It is impressive to look at, with substantial tooth while still managing to be smooth to the touch. It is firmly packed and unlit smells like cocoa and cedar. It seems very promising so far. It is easy to light and burns evenly. The ash is tenacious and a chalky grey color.
For me, it started out well enough in the first third, fairly strong with woodiness and nuttiness pervading the palate. However, it went downhill from there. In the second third, the flavor profile stayed fairly consistent, perhaps becoming more bold, and developed a slightly tarry taste. It also began to burn a little hot, creating a not altogether pleasant feeling in the hand while smoking. Unfortunately, the tarry taste and the hot burn proceeded to increase into the final third so that it was all I tasted.
Perhaps it was merely the cigar I had in hand that was not up to par but my experience with this Padrón was one of disappointment and unpleasant tastes. I would not recommend this cigar to anyone who values their taste buds.
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