Winner of Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year… twice. Twice!
If you check out Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 lists and go back through the years, you will find ONE cigar that won “Cigar of the Year” twice. It’s this one. The Padrón 1926 Anniversary line.
It’s been rated as high as 97, and also regularly comes close to the top rank, grabbing a #2 spot in 2017, so they’re not coasting on old success. Much like the Padrón family itself, this cigar is a dynasty that spans decades.
Yeah, it’s a nice cigar.
The 1926 Anniversary is probably Padrón’s best cigar line ever, and arguably THE best cigar ever. (There’s ample room for debate on that one, though.)
Okay, enough glorification. What about the cigar itself? Well, run your fingers along the outside, and you’ll find the wrapper is often soft as silk. The Maduro and the Natural version differ somewhat, of course. Inside, you’ve got Nicaraguan tobacco that’s been aged a minimum of five years. Light up and you’ll be treated to one of the nicest draws possible. Full bodied, with intense, complex flavor combining heavy chocolate, earthy spice, and at times a hint of dark fruit. And then there’s the finish that lingers and lasts, giving you plenty of pleasure while you contemplate your next pull.
Production is super limited, so if you can get a box, it’s safe to say you should click so hard you break your mouse to get it in your cart and on its way to your house.
The history is rich on the Padrón 1926 Anniversary cigar. José Orlando Padrón was born in 1926 in Pinar del Río, Cuba, and the cigar was created to celebrate his 75th anniversary of life (which some would call a birthday). From working their solo tobacco farmstead to sitting on top of the cigar world in three generations… the Padrón family has much to celebrate.