In fairness, we need nothing new from Padrón. If they keep doing what they do and focusing on excellence, they’ve already given us more than we could ever properly thank them for. The company has won Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year a record four times, and for good reason. Lighting up a Padrón is a special experience. As soon as that first draw hits, you know you’re smoking something different, and most folks get hooked for life from cigar one.
It’s the perfect Nicaraguan cigar.
Only a few other cigar makers even belong in the same humidor with these fantastic smokes.
So the Padrón Black owes us nothing. And yet, here it is!
It’s an exclusive blend made for the Cigar Rights of America Freedom Sampler. The CRA is an organization that advocates for the rights of cigar smokers, and anyone who buys the sampler gets a one-year membership in it. The sampler includes some fine smokes from world-class cigar companies like My Father, Oliva, Rocky Patel, and others.
And then there’s the Padrón Black cigar.
This one has its roots in the José O. Padrón 89 Birthday Blend cigar, which also wore a black band.. Neither of these blends comes with descriptions of the tobacco inside, but because it’s Padrón, we can guess that Nicaraguan leaf is the core of the cigar.
This is a humbler Padrón, though. The flavors of cedar, pepper, and cream are there, but it’s not a religious experience. It provides contrast to the chart-topping 1926 and 1964, as well as the Family Reserve. Those are the champion smokes from this company. But if you want to enjoy everything they offer, do yourself a favor and put this one on your list.
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Padron Black FAQ's
What are the flavors like?
Cedar, pepper, cream.
What’s the strength level?
Who is this cigar for?
Padrón Black cigars are for fans of the company who want to enjoy everything they offer.
Will I want to smoke it to the nub?
It’s a good smoke. We see no reason to cut things short.
What’s a good pairing with it?
This one could use a nice scotch to perk things up. Splurge on a Bowmore 18-Year and sink in to an amazing drink with your Padrón.
What’s the best time/place to smoke this cigar?
Nighttime sessions after others have gone to bed.
It’s just outshined by its sibling smokes.