Cigar Reviews

Padron Serie 1926 40 Years Natural

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If you haven’t had or heard of Padron cigars by now, it’s time to climb out from under the rock and give them a try. They are easily known as one of the best non-cuban cigar manufacturers around and have been around since 1964. They don’t go after huge variations of lines but instead keep it simple with 3 primary lines accented by the occasional special release.

We’ve had a few Padron cigars reviewed on the site already. You can read my reviews of the Padron 1926 No. 35 Maduro or Padron 1964 Principe, or check out Tony’s review of the special edition Padron 46 Years. Padron prides itself on releasing only Nicaraguan puros, which means all the leaves contained within the cigars are grown in Nicaragua. Check out one of the above linked reviews for more information about the Padron Cigar company and it’s Cuban heritage and inspiration.

Today’s review comes from the Serie 1926 line and is called the “40 Years”. Although it seems named similar to the yearly special editions (45 Years, 46 Years, etc…) it is actually part of the regular production Serie 1926 line. The cigars name is significant of the year it was added to the line. It has a unique box-pressed

I was lucky enough to find myself a slightly warm day to enjoy this cigar, of course warm to me this winter is still well below freezing, but I’ll take what I can get until spring comes around! As you might be able to tell, I’m already a big fan of Padron cigars, but as with all my reviews, I go into them as unbiased as possible and give it a fair review. This also means that I will have high expectations for this cigar and might work against it in the outcome. Take a read through it and let me know how your thoughts here might compare to mine.

Cigar: Padron Serie 1926 40 Years Natural
Drink: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
Vitola: Box-Pressed Torpedo (6.5 x 54)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $25
Burn Time: About 2 hours

Construction:
• A slightly rough yet well made cinnamon brown wrapper with a box-pressed torpedo shape
• No major veins but lots of smaller ones can be seen
• The tapered cap finishes cleanly but it very firm, making me worry about draw issues
• The body of the cigar has a soft spring to it
• As with most Padrons, the wrapper has a very appealing toothiness to it
• The foot appears fairly well packed but does have a couple holes
• The cut was very clean and firm, I did have to cut a fair bit of the taper off to get a decent draw
• This cigar had a crack in the wrapper near the foot, likely due to shipping damage as none of the others I’ve had were like this

Burn:
• Had some trouble getting the foot to light up evenly, starting off with a wavy burn now
• After a few draws the burn line straightened right out nicely
• The crack extended about two inches down the wrapper and definitely affected the burn but it still burned quite well despite that
• A slight peninsula formed just as I passed the end of the crack, a small correction and we’re back in good form
• A few more peninsulas here and there but they mostly corrected themselves
• The cigar burned nice and slowly the whole way through

Smoke & Ash:
• Lots of smoke from each draw right from the start of this cigar
• There’s quite a bit of smoke from a resting position as well, giving off a nice cedar aroma
• The ash is not splitting but it does look a bit flaky and weak, we’ll see how it holds up…
• Started to get more flaky as it progressed so I tapped the ash off at about an inch before it fell all over me
• Second ash also fell off after about an inch, seems to be on par with the others I’ve had of this vitola
• Lots of flaking as the cigar burns further along

Tasting Notes:
• The wrapper aroma is strong of cedar and tobacco
• The foot has more hints of cedar but also a strong presence of earthy aromas and a touch of spice
• The pre-light draw is more cedar and a lot more spice, leaving a tingling sensation on the lips and tongue
• Initial draws are mostly of a burnt woodsy type flavor with some earthy notes mixed in
• After a few draws the flavor smoothed out to a nice cedar with some hints of white pepper
• The retrohale is very smooth with a little bite and a tasty cedar finish
• As i finish the first third, I’m getting some hints of coffee creeping in as the pepper slowly fades away
• So far the cigar is just about on the edge of mild and medium and very smooth, no dryness either
• The coffee kept developing nicely and the cedar is still around, also getting some cinnamon or nutmeg on the finish now
• Just past the halfway mark, an interesting bready (think fresh dough) and creamy flavor has popped up, it’s very enjoyable and the cigar is balancing out so well
• The bite on the retrohale is just right, not overpowering and still offers a smooth finish of cedar and coffee
• More coffee flavors developing and turning into an espresso like taste, I find this in a lot of Padron’s and it always impresses me
• Straight down to the nub the flavors are still going strong with no harshness at all

Final Thoughts:
As with most Padron’s I’ve enjoyed, this one did not disappoint. Each time I’ve lit up this vitola I’ve been greeted with a variety of flavors and dimensions that kept it interesting the whole way through. Even with a large crack running a good length of the wrapper, the cigar still burned fairly well. Unfortunately, this cigar loses points in the price department. It carries a hefty tag at about $25 and a lot of shops will over price these due to the name, not to mention taxes in some states/countries. It’s definitely something worth trying as this offers a great cigar smoking experience but it’s not something that can be had on a regular basis for most people. Try to grab a few to save for special occasions and you will not be disappointed!

Pairings:
Today’s pairing is one that seems to be a well known brew, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. It comes in a good sized bottle and definitely has lots of character from this UK based brewery. It’s a nice dark stout with lots of head and a smooth finish. You won’t find any bitterness with this brew. The chocolate notes are not as pronounced as the name might suggest but are definitely there and offer a very smooth malty flavor. This brew is an excellent choice for any cigar with hints of coffee or cocoa, I find it really helps those flavors shine. It was no disappointment here as it paired very well and made the coffee notes of the Padron Serie 1926 40 Years really shine. This cigar would also pair quite well with Port, Coffee or a smooth scotch. I also paired this brew with a blind review I did awhile ago of the Perdomo Patriarch Maduro, read that one here.

Daniel T. (a.k.a. Dalamscius) is an IT Professional from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He enjoys cigars, scuba diving, hockey, fishing, nature and anything that challenges his mind. If he's not sitting on his big comfy couch or at work you can usually find him in a boat on top of the water or 100ft under the water enjoying a dive. He is engaged to a wonderful Fiance and looking forward to his wedding. Feel free to contact Daniel anytime via email (dalamscius[at]gmail[dot]com). And make sure to follow him on twitter http://twitter.com/Dalamscius

6 Comments

  1. blane

    February 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    My friend got me one of these and I find it being one of those”special occasion smokes”.Even though I already have countless cigars I look for the right time to enjoy.Sometimes I feel my collection will out last me.You have encouraged me to smoke it this weekend.As always.Great review You guys are kicking ass.

  2. Dalamscius

    February 8, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Enjoy it Blane and thanks again for you comment!
    I agree with the collection getting out of hand, sometimes I spend too much time trying to decide what to smoke next! lol
    Let us know how the Padron smokes if you get to it this weekend!

  3. Dalamscius

    February 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    lol Tadd, it was like 20 or 25F that day, brrr…..!
    you definitely need to pull the trigger and try one of these. Start with something smaller like the No. 35 I reviewed. sort of a box-pressed Rothschild size and can be had for around $10 or less. they smoke pretty slowly too so you won’t feel bad about the cost.
    Let us know your thoughts when you get a chance to try one. The thousand series are really good but the 1926 and 1964 series are even better!

  4. Tadd

    February 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Way outside my price range…. You had a hard time toasting the foot with that blowtorch? How frigging cold is it? I have very minimal experince with Padron, in fact I have only smoked the thousand series.. I am sure the higher end cigars would be unbelievable but I just can’t pull the trigger…….

  5. DaByrdman33

    February 16, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I wish I had the “discretionary” income to splurge on Padrons just so I could finally give them the attention that they deserve. I have only had three (3) Padrons in my entire experience and they were all decent; however, I’m sure that the fact that they were free helped to color my judgement.

    Great review as always, maybe I’ll dig my last 80 yr. maduro out of the humi and smoke it in honor of your efforts.

    -DaByrdman-

  6. Dalamscius

    February 17, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Byrdman, check out the Padron Family line. A very good and inexpensive cigar. Splurge a bit and grab a few 1926 or 1964 Padrons if you can, they are quality smokes and age very well too.
    I have 1 80yr that I haven’t lit up yet and that one will be enjoyed on a special occasion as well. Thanks for the offer and let me know how it smokes!

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