|Padron 1926 Serie - No.9|
When Cigar Aficionado gave this cigar a 97 rating, it was deserving of that score. In fact, this cigar would often get a 97 rating by me because of how great it is. The 1926 Serie by the Padron Family is a great line and each vitola is wonderful and unique but the No. 9 is definitely my favorite. The cigar has everything you would want in a cigar and so much more. The line has been incredibly popular since its release in 2002, and I believe that it will continue to be for years to come. The cigar features tobacco that is aged for five years before being even worked with, giving it time for the tobaccos to really mature on their own before being blended with other tobaccos. I think that because of this the cigars really age wonderfully and truly get amazing after some time because before each leaf was rolled they were ready to be. The cigar measures 5 ¼” with a 56 ring gauge and is beautifully box-pressed. The wrapper is very light on this particular cigar, compared with others I have had, but still really beautiful. Holding it to my nose it has wonderful aromas of nuts, toast, wood and coffee, and I can definitely pick up the spice on it as well.
The cigar begins with a prominent amount of wood and nutty notes with a lot of cedar and hickory being picked up. The first third lacks a lot of flavors, but the cigar is burning very evenly and is producing a great amount of smoke. I am in the second third of the cigar now and notes of coffee are beginning to emerge, but are very subtle. There is a nice amount of spice in the smoke and it is definitely full in body. I am still getting notes of cedar and nuts, predominantly walnuts. I am also slightly picking up some meaty and toasty flavors as well. I am in the final third now and the cigar is now really showing its great flavors. I am picking up some heavy spices with coffee and cocoa notes with a finish of toast and nuts. The final third of the cigar was just incredible and if I had to rate that as a section I would give it a perfect score while the first third I would give a 90 and the second third a 92. Though the flavors were not top notch in the first two thirds the cigar showed its greatness in the end and that is what I remember. The burn was perfectly even and the production of smoke was great.
Although this is not the best Padron 1926 Serie No. 9 I have had it finishes great and is worthy of a 95 rating. I know if you add up my ratings mentioned earlier the mean is not this score but there are other factors. The cigar has really nice flavors and has a nice spicy full bodied feeling to it, and because of that it is a great evening smoke. I could smoke this cigar everyday but it is just a little out of my daily price range so I save it for certain times. One of the best things the Padron Family did with the 1926 Serie is that you can buy them in boxes of 10 or 24. This cigar was rolled perfectly and beautifully and would have easily gotten a 100, but this particular one lacked a little bit of the great flavors that these cigars can have early on. A must buy cigar!