Personal Cigar Review: Padrón 1926 Serie Maduro No. 2

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Cigar Details: Padrón 1926 Serie Maduro No. 2

  • Vitola: Belicoso
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacos Cubanica
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $18.40
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The Padrón 1926 Serie Maduro No. 2 has a soft rectangle press with a wrapper that is dark brown and has a network of finely raised veins. The seams are fairly smooth and the tapered head is decently finished. There are two bands, with the primary being the traditional design for the line which sits on the secondary band that exposes the serial number. The aroma from the wrapper is a very faint wood while the foot brings musty wood and light earth. The pre-light draw brings a musty and airy cedar.

First Third

The cigar begins with a mix of lightly musty oak, dark earth and black pepper. At a half inch in, all of the components are even and working well together. At an inch in, the mustiness goes away as the oak gains some toast. The retrohale is toasted oak and light earth. As the third wraps up, the profile is toasted wood, dark earth and mild black pepper. The strength in this third was right at medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the profile continues with toasted wood, dark earth and mild black pepper. At a half inch in, the earth is no longer dark and is now a bit dry. At three quarters of an inch in, a light coffee note has joined the profile. The retrohale keeps the toasted oak and light earth but sees the light coffee join as well. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak and dry earth are even up front with light black pepper and coffee in the background. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the coffee becomes charred and picks up in fullness. At three quarters of an inch in, the charred coffee is now even with the toasted oak and dry earth while the black pepper is no longer present. The retrohale is back to toasted oak and dry earth with the coffee dropping out. The cigar wraps up with the charred coffee having a slight lead over the toasted oak and dry earth. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Burn

The burn line was slightly wavy at times and the cigar went out once in each the second and final thirds, requiring re-lights.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The Padrón 1926 Serie Maduro No. 2 had a nice flavor combination centered around toasted oak and earth with a supporting black pepper. Some coffee joined in which added another nice supporting component. As the coffee became charred in the final third, it took things down a notch. The burn could have been better, but it wasn’t too irritating. I definitely prefer this maduro version to the natural and would be the one I gravitate towards if given the choice. The price point is high, but if it’s something you enjoy, you’ll find the funds for it.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.52

Cost/Point

$2.82

Scoring System

Aaron
GoodPre
Light
GoodFirst
Third
GoodSecond
Third
AverageFinal
Third
AverageBurn
AmazingDraw
GoodOverall
Personal Cigar Review: Padrón 1926 Serie Maduro No. 2
Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: Padrón 1926 Serie Maduro No. 2

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