Padron Cigars – The Whole Story

July 30, 2015

The legendary José Orlando Padrón founded the now famous Padron Cigars in 1964.  Jose is a Cuban born refugee that comes from a family of tobacco workers.

José Padrón was forced to move from his homeland in 1961 at age 35 after the Revolution when Fidel Castro nationalized his families tobacco farms. Settling 90 miles away, in Miami José found himself virtually penniless, but shortly after arriving, he received a gift from a friend that turned his life around, a hammer.  This one item allowed José to start a career as a carpenter and save $600.00 to open a factory to make great cigars, like the ones he used to smoke in Cuba. Three years later, his dream came true.

For many years, Padrón sold his cigars to the locals, but from the moment he opened his doors, he spent quite a bit of time trying to refine the whole process from seed to stick. Over the last few decades, with the help of his family and skilled artisans, Padrón has developed a proprietary system for producing quality cigars using tobacco grown exclusively on their own farm in Nicaragua. Today, they are in charge of every step of the cultivation process. That includes everything from the selection and planting of the tobacco seeds, to the final quality control inspections.

The Padrón super premium portfolio consists of five lines.  Let’s take a close look at all of them.

The Padron Series
The Padrón Series Cigar is the most affordable line from Padrón cigars, medium to full-bodied in taste, the tobacco in this line is sun-grown Habano aged for at least 2 1/2 years, and offers every size a smoker could imagine. Each Padrón Series cigar in this line is available in a natural and dark, oily Maduro wrapper. This Padron Series cigar line offers exceptional quality and value.

Padron 1926 Cigars

Handmade with 5-year aged Cuban-seed tobacco, Padron 1926 Series are full-bodied cigars that combine complexity, balance, and flavor. Each Padrón 1926 cigar has a band embossed with a serial number. When smoking one of these beauties, expect ultra-smooth notes of chocolate, espresso, caramel, and cocoa. Padrón 1926 commemorates José Orlando Padrón’s 75th birthday. Every Padrón 1926 cigar is box-pressed with annual production is limited to 100,000 cigars.

Padron 1964 Cigars

This box-pressed line is packed with flavorful coffee, chocolate and sweet spice nuances while remaining meticulously balanced the whole way through. Padrón 1964 Cigars are not only a celebration of the family’s 30 years in the business, but also a celebration of cigar making at its finest. The Padron 1964 Anniversary is without a doubt, one of the best tasting full-bodied cigars you will ever smoke. Just look at the glowing reviews.

Exclusivo (Maduro) rated 94 / Fifth Place by Cigar Aficionado‘s “25 Best Cigars of 2011”

Diplomatico (Natural) rated 90 by Cigar Aficionado in 2011 Torpedo (Natural) rated 91 by Cigar Aficionado in 2012

Padron Family Reserve Cigars

Touted as one of the finest ever made, Padron Family Reserve Cigars took the cigar world by storm in 2009 and quickly became famous by winning the prestigious, Cigar of the Year award. An honor they went on to win three more times, an accomplishment no other company has ever achieved. Padrón Family Reserve is available in four different sizes, each size representing a different yearly release to celebrate significant moments in the Padrón family lineage of luxury blends. Padrón Family Reserve cigars’ Nicaraguan tobaccos are aged 10 plus years. Although full in strength, these box-pressed beauties are nonetheless incredibly smooth and well balanced with lush notes of coffee, cocoa, cedar, toast, and caramel.

Padron Special Releases Cigars
This limited release cigar was created in commemoration of the famous cigar master José O. Padrón’s 80th Birthday.

Wrapped in a super-dark Maduro Habano leaf, Padron Special Releases 40th Anniversary limited-release consists of four figurado shaped beauties featuring the finest Nicaraguan tobaccos that have been aged for 5 years. The result is a full-bodied smoke that is incredibly smooth and well balanced with sweet notes of coffee, toast and a warm caramel-like finish. To protect you from the many fakes, each band is embossed with its own serial number.

Summary

José Padrón still has his hammer, and it’s become part of the company’s logo as a reminder of how he started life over and built something very special to support his family. Since 1964, the company has developed their reputation by sticking to their tradition of producing top-quality handmade cigars with the same Cuban-born recipe, and the same tried and true techniques used for many generations.

So why do so many people love Padrón Cigars?  They possess an incredibly unique flavor that is so full bodied it will appeal to the most seasoned of smokers, and yet they are so smooth and creamy that even those who prefer mild smokes still go crazy for them. Not many (if any) other cigars can make that claim.

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