Sunday, June 3, 2012

Padron 1926 Series No. 35 Maduro





Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro
Length: 10.2 cm
Ring Gauge: 48
Shape: Short Robusto - Box Pressed
Factory Name: 1926 Series No. 35



Had the pleasure of smoking the Padron 1926 Series No. 35 with my buddy Ali Al-lami last week @ The Big Smoke shop. Lately, I have developed some intense cravings for Habanos & non-Habanos Maduros and so I will start covering most of what I can get my hands on.



Brief background on the 1926 Series - It was to commemorate Jose O. Padron's 75th Birthday and honor his lifetime work in the tobacco industry. All the tobacco used in these series have been aged for 5 years, and each band has a unique serial number to it. Construction-wise of the 1926 Series No. 35 showcases a smooth tightly rolled and box pressed cigar with a Maduro dark oily wrapper and no visible veins.


First burn offers a surprisingly smooth draw even with how this cigar was constructed. Smoke leaves a spicy taste in the back of the throat but Sweet grassy notes are captured with the first few puffs. 


From the first and all the way to the third part of the cigar is a wonderful journey. The spicy taste in the back of your throat quickly fades out after a few draw, then the earthy notes and coffee bean taste is what lingers in the mouth. Intense sweet flavors keep popping up in the middle of the No. 35 while the Smoke continues to be abundant and creamy with a sweet dark chocolate aftertaste.


Very even burn and the white ash is just packed tight and does no fall off even when reaching half way on the cigar. This is a perfect indicator of a good cigar construction and the whiteness of the ash also shows that it is a good aged Maduro tobacco.


Nearing the end of the Padron 1926 Series No. 35, the complexity of the cigar continues to hold on with its rich smoke and rich earthy flavors, kind of gives you a feel you are in a tobacco field. If anything that stands out the most is the mellow coffee and sweet chocolate aftertaste that keeps you wanting more of it.


The Padrons are very interesting cigars and by no mean should be considered normal smokes. Full-bodied, Full-flavor and full of aromas just what you expect for a good Maduro.


My Nespresso paring for the Padron 1926 Series No. 35 has to be Dulsao do Brasil. With Intensity level 5, it is a lightly roasted pure Arabica coffee with sweet flavors and notes of toasted grains. Nothing to over power or alter the taste of the Padron, but to complement each other.

Enjoy!