THIS CIGAR was named for my grandfather Damaso, who was the first Padron to arrive in Cuba sometime in the late 1800's from the Canary Islands. In Cuba, we called people from there "Islenos". They were serious people who kept their word. Islenos tended to work in farming, and in this tradiiton my grandfather rented a small piece of land in Pinar del Rio and started growing tobacco. Damaso was an honest, decent man and a hard worker. He taught us to honor our word and to be humble. These are lessons that have stayed with me thoughout my life. I have tried to pass them onto my children. It means a lot to me that we are making this cigar in honor of my grandfather. He gave us life, a family and our start in this industry. I hope he's somewhere looking down and feeling proud of the company we have built. I'd like to think Damaso would be honored that we are continuing his legacy. He would be proud that cigars bearing his name are sold throughout the world - Jose O. Padron
The 1926 Anniversary line debuted shortly after the launch of the 1964 Anniversary. It was introduced to commemorate the 75th birthday of Jose O. Padron. It has a fuller body than the 1964 line and has a full, spicy flavor thanks to the five-year-aged tobaccos used in its production. To top it off, the 40th Anniversary Torpedo vitola received a stunning 93 rating and was named “Cigar of the Year” in 2004 by Cigar Aficionado magazine. It is in extremely limited production (only 16,000 sticks are produced each year), so be grateful if you can get your hands on even one.
The 1964 Anniversary Series was introduced 1994 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Padron Cigars. The 1964 Anniversary is a limited production and features selected tobaccos aged four years, creating an extremely balanced cigar. It is a box-pressed series and has been consistently ranked by cigar industry experts as one of the top brands in the world.
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More than 125 years ago the Padron Cigar legacy was begun by family Patriarch Damaso Padron. His garden for producing world renowned tobaccos was the legendary Pinar del Rio region of the Motherland, Cuba. In 1964 Jose Padron set up shop in Miami and began what we now know as Padron Cigars. He and the family began growing their tobaccos in Nicaragua, in soil and climate very similar to the perfect environment in Cuba. The company was moved to Nicaragua in 1970, and more political upheaval caused significant hardship for the family. But the Padrons were not swayed from producing fantastic cigars. Their will would not be bent. They knew they had the knowledge, experience, seed, soil and vision, so they persevered. In the early 90’s they began showcasing their dynamic product lines at trade shows and the revolution on the commercial side was started.
While many skeptics wondered if their tobaccos were too strong for the market they used the strength of their products and turned it to their advantage. Today cigar lovers who want something that packs some punch think first of Padron. The family continues to oversee every detail of the business. Their agronomists are second to none. Don Pepin Garcia selected many of the best early blends and now the blending duties fall mainly to Ernesto Padron. He has proved worthy of the honor. Many of his mixes have received very high ratings from the most prestigious publications in the cigar world. Ratings in the 90’s abound across the board for Padron. The 1926 Serie are well-decorated with the Serie 9 given a stunning 97 rating by Cigar Aficionado. The 1964 Serie has been just as well received while the Padron Serie which includes the Thousand Serie Cigars dominates its niche with great ratings and tremendous value.
When you want to know what an obsession to great cigar making tastes like, one that encompasses every detail, pick up a box of Padrons. You’ll taste more than a century of know-how, skill and raw determination. You’ll taste some of the best cigars to ever grace your humidor.