|80th Anniversary (Maduro)|
There is one cigar that I believe never received the ranking it deserved by Cigar Aficionado, well there are many cigars that never have, and there other cigars that should never have been given what they were given, but when you saw the cigar I was reviewing I think you all know what I am talking about. It was in 2008 that the Padron 1926 Serie 80th Anniversary was rated as the No. 2 cigar of the year by Cigar Aficionado and not the ranking it deserved, No. 1. Cigar Aficionado went about the rating stating the because of the economic situation, a great cigar for $5 seemed fit to be No. 1. Don’t get me wrong, I think the Casa Magna Colorado is a great cigar, especially for the price, but it just does not compare with the 80th Anniversary. The 80th Anniversary was first released in 2006 to honor the 80th birthday of Jose Orlando Padron, and because the 85th is soon to be released to honor his 85th birthday, I thought I would finally review this magnificent cigar. The Padron Family has always made incredible cigars, and when it comes to their limited smokes and higher end cigars you really see magnificence in a cigar.
This cigar has always received high ratings from critics and other cigar smokers, and I consider to be one of the best cigars on the market. The cigar is the only perfecto in the Padron arsenal, and there is only one buncher and roller that make these cigars. Because of the limited hands involved in making these cigars, and the fact that tobacco that goes into these cigars is over five years old, the number of these cigars produced annually is very limited, only 300 daily. The cigar is a perfecto grande, and measures 6 3/4″ with a 54 ring gauge. The cigar is available, like all Padron Cigars, in a sun-grown natural or maduro wrapper, and I decided to go with the maduro wrapper. Like all Padron Cigars the cigar is a Nicaraguan puro, and as I said earlier, made with tobacco that has been rested for over five years. With all that aging on the tobacco you have matured tobacco that is ready to be blended and therefore cigars that are ready to be smoked.
Holding the cigar in my hand it is absolutely perfect. It is very firm, and has a nice somewhat toothy wrapper. The wrapper is very dark to look at with very little veins, and has wonderful aromas of barnyard, wood, leather and rich earth. As I light up the tapered head I let the cigar get a little way in before really trying to pick out the flavors. Once I am beginning to pick up a some of the filler tobacco with the wrapper, I begin to pick up wonderful notes of coffee, cocoa, toast and nuts. Before picking up a lot of the filler tobacco when I lit the cigar there is a hint of sweetness and toast. The cigar is burning perfectly so far, and it is burning around medium-full in body. It’s really great to see the flavors grow and grow as we get further into the first third and close to the second third. The cigar is truly remarkable.
As I enter the second third of the cigar the flavors grow even more, and I am now picking up wonderful notes of cream and coffee, chocolate, toast, almonds and orange zest. I think the second third shows so much in a great cigar and this is what cigars are meant to be like. It is a very elegant smoke and unique in so many ways. I am still having a perfect burn on the cigar, and it is producing wonderful thick smoke. It is smoking around medium in body at this point and very balanced. In the final third of the cigar the flavors are still as strong as they were in the second third, and the cigar is showing no signs of letting up. I am still picking up hints of orange zest and the core flavors of coffee, cocoa, toast and nuts. There isn’t much cream notes as there was in the second third, but in no way is the cigar lacking in the flavor department. I smoke the cigar all the way down to the nub, and I put it down when my fingers are getting hot.
Truly a magnificent cigar that receives a 100 rating, this cigar never fails to me. Though very limited and expensive, the cigar is still easily available and worth every penny. You can’t find a better cigar filled with this much flavor and unique qualities to it. With its amazing vitola I find this cigar perfect for those special occasions, and every once awhile just great to have for the heck of it. I think the Padron Family makes some of the finest cigars, and I consider this cigar to be one of their finest if not their best. This is a cigar that is definitely worth having a box of, even though there are only eight in a box. I can say that if I had a cigar like this to honor my 80th birthday I would be the happiest man in the world.