The Padron 1926 Serie No. 6 has the consistent qualities that Padron cigars are known for. A balanced and textured flavor profile. This pleasant cigar is perfect after a full meal.
Smoking time: about 80 minutes;
Packaging: single, pack of four, box of ten, box of twenty-four;
Price: $17.70 per stick, $78.50 per pack, $157 per box of ten, $376.80 per box of twenty-four.
Wrapper Color: Maduro;
Aroma: Hay, Cedar;
Initial taste: Earth;
First third: Wood, Leather, Coffee, Moka sweetness herbal notes, Pepper;
Second third: Leather, Pepper, Black coffee, Citrus zest, Floral notes;
Final third: Coffee, Wood, Earthy notes.
Smoking Hub Rating: 4.8;
Awards and Ranking: Ranked 2nd in Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 of 2019.
Smoke: Rich, Opulent;
Ash: White-gray, not flaky.
This is the perfect dessert cigar after a big meal. It is not suitable for morning smoke, because it might be too strong.
Origin, Blend, and Vitolas
The Padrón 1926 Serie was released in 2002 to commemorate the 75th birthday of José O. Padrón. Padrón cigars are the current record holder of Cigar Aficionado’s “Cigar of the year” award. Therefore, many consider Padrón cigars high-quality cigars. The serie consists of ten sizes of box-pressed cigars: #1, #2, #6, #9, #35, #40, #47, #48, #80, and #90. The cigar blend is handmade exclusively from Nicaraguan tobacco aged for at least five years.
The Padrón 1926 is made exclusively from Nicaraguan tobacco.
The vitolas of available are Double Corona, Gordo, Robusto, and Torpedo.
For this review of the Padron 1926 Serie, we smoked the No. 6 Maduro. Robusto, 4.75×50.
On the market
The Padron 1926 Serie No. 6 is available in packages of 4, boxes of 10, and 20 cigars, and as a single stick.
Each cigar has an elegant label with a unique number to prevent counterfeiting. The Padron 1926 Serie is available in sun-grown natural and Maduro wrappers. The wrapper is a solid color and has a slight oily sheen. Padron box-press their cigars with the wrapper on, so the wrapper may have some imperfections such as wrinkles, lumps, or bumps.
Pre-Light Draw, Aroma, Taste
For this review of the Padron 1926 Serie No. 6, we cut our cigars with the Colibri V-Cut Cigar Cutter. The draw before lighting is ideal with a touch of resistance.
The aroma before lighting is hay and cedar. And the flavor is light earth. Oliver disagrees with the cedar aroma, but the other two of us do. Oliver perceives earth as both an aroma and a flavor before lighting.
The start is no surprise for a Maduro cigar. It is characterized by a lot of wood, leather, and coffee. On the retrohale, you get some nice black pepper, but not too spicy.
The first third has a wonderful flavor development. The flavors are balanced from the start, with some mocha sweetness and herbal notes. The pepper is tamed on the retrohale. You cannot notice any imperfections in the taste of the cigar. There is no bitterness, no soil.
The balanced, smooth flavor continues into the second third. The leather is there, as the pepper, and the black coffee. The taste has mellowed a bit compared to the first third. The new flavor note is the citrus zest. On the retrohale, there are floral notes.
n the final third, the Padron 1926 Serie No. 6 exhibits a flavor typical of a traditional cigar. Finely balanced coffee and wood with earthy notes. The pepper returns at the beginning of the head third but mellows shortly thereafter.
The ash is white-gray in color. It is holding beautifully for a long time.
The burn of this cigar is cool. Even when it burns close to the nub, you will not feel any heat.
Great output. The smoke is rich and opulent.
What Drink and Food Pairs Well with the Padrón 1926 Serie
Very good combinations with the Padron 1926 Serie No. 6 are with a cappuccino or espresso.
Cigar Smoked for This Review and Tasting Methodology
We smoked 6 cigars, Robusto, 4.75×50, for this review. Each of us smoked two cigars for two days, one cigar per day. For the test, we paired the cigar with water so as not to affect the flavors.
The Padron 1926 Serie No. 6 is a balanced, enjoyable cigar, for more experienced aficionados. Perfect for special occasions.