This cigar was first released in 2002 commemorating the birth year of Jose O. Padron. All cigars in this series are available in sun-grown natural and maduro wrappers. The tobacco is aged for five years, creating a smooth and complex flavor. It is also box-pressed in honor of the age-old Cuban tradition.
The overall impression of this cigar is high class, as are most Padron cigars. A large gold, white and maroon band contributes to this appearance, and each cigar is numbered to prevent counterfeiting.
The box pressed cigar is well packed, and the wrapper exhibits no obvious veins or blemishes.
A perfect draw is apparent after the cut, and flavors of coffee, chocolate and tobacco are tasted on the cold draw.
The 1926 burned straight and fairly evenly and produces thick white smoke. The light gray mottled ash hangs on pretty well, with little flowering around the edges.
Initially, the flavors are chocolate, and leather with some spice and cedar on the finish.
Espresso and dark chocolate flavors develop more in the second third with more spice, and a light sweet fruity note (black cherry?) that comes and goes. The complexity and flavors that are characteristic of a Padron are very apparent making for an delightful experience.
At the end, the spice dominates the full strength flavor, while occasional chocolate, coffee, wood still make an appearance. The Padron is always an enjoyable cigar if you like the medium to full range, and the 1926 Series is consistently ranked by experts as one of the top brands in the world.