Padron Special Release No.90 Natural Tubos Description
This Padron Special Release No.90 Natural Tubos cigar is made in Nicaragua. Outside, you'll find a Nicaraguan Natural wrapper. Inside, the binder is Nicaraguan, and the filler is Nicaraguan. This is a Robusto cigar with a length of 5.20 and a ring gauge of 55.
Jose O. Padrón was born in 1926. In 2016, he celebrated his 90th birthday with a special release cigar from his legendary 1926 Anniversary line. We would say the dude had a big ego if he weren’t 100% justified in a little glorification. The reason is, the 1926 Anniversary line has earned Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year two times.
Once would be a life-capping accomplishment. Twice is unheard of. (And just for good measure, the Padrón Family Reserve line also scored one. The company has no peer, truly.)
Let’s not get too carried away deifying Abuelo Padrón, though. We’ve got a cigar to smoke! It comes in a Maduro and a Natural version, and both are visions of perfect construction with buttery soft wrappers. The filler (it feels dirty to call it that) is Nicaraguan tobacco aged five to ten years, which leads to an outstandingly complex and intense flavor profile. The smoke, of course, has the timeless Padrón chocolate note, along with earthy spice and stone fruit. The full-bodied smoke stays with you, providing a lingering finish that will have you drawn in from one pull to the next.
A few more numbers, because this cigar line is uniquely accomplished. The 1926 Anniversary once scored a 97 from Cigar Aficionado. For reference, they’ve handed out one 98 and one 99. Is it even possible to compare cigars that superlative? It wasn’t a one-time deal either. Even in 2017, this cigar is still ranking at the top, earning a #2 ranking. The 1926 line is consistent perfection, and that’s just unfathomable.
We’ll smoke it, though, that’s for sure.
Lastly, there’s the man himself. Born in 1926 in Cuba and 90 years later, we get this stick, by way of Nicaragua. And though he’s since passed on, we’ll keep celebrating the long life of a man who blessed us time and time again with world-class cigars.
Happy birthday, Mr. Padrón, and thanks for all the smoke.
This is a phenomenal cigar. I've smoked around two dozen of the No. 1 naturals, but today I had my first No. 90. There are similarities and some differences. The 90 is a round shape and is the only Padron I've seen with a double cap. The wrapper is also more oily and shiny than other Padrons. The pre-light draw was so delicious I did a half dozen extra before lighting it. The flavor is deep, rich, complex, but still incredibly smooth. As usual with a Padron, the draw was effortless. The burn was razor straight and slow, requiring no touch-ups or re-lights. I took my time to savor this awesome smoke and it lasted 1hr. + 45min. Smoked it down to a finger-burning 1/2 inch and I completely enjoyed every minute. I would really love to try these 90's in the Maduro version. How about it, C.D. ? Get 'em in stock, please.