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Padron Serie 1926 No. 6 Maduro


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I should probably note up front that I’m not the biggest Padron fan.

Yes, I know such blasphemy is punishable by caning in many nations, but I can explain. I find their original and “Thousand” lines to be hit-or-miss, an average value. The Anniversario 1964s are always good, even brilliant on occasion. But they don’t always live up to their big reputation or their exorbitant price.

That said, the one that delivers every time for me is the Exclusivo Maduro. So it was my loosely planned quest for a box of Exclusivos that led, in a roundabout way, to this review of 1926 No. 6 Maduro.

A week before Christmas, I set out to treat myself. Bad news at the B&M — the Exclusivos were history. My head clouded with Christmas shopping stupor, I wasn’t ready to take no for an answer. After a moment of panic and frustration, I grabbed a box of the Serie 1926 No. 6 instead and marched defiantly to the register. I’ll show them. I’ll buy an equally overpriced substitute!

This 4.75″ x 50 stick is, of course, gorgeous — uniformly pressed, dark, oily and sporting a healthy tooth. It takes a half inch to warm up, but develops a core flavor of dark chocolate and charred wood. Padron’s other trademark flavor, coffee grounds, comes and goes along with a rich cashew or macadamia nuttiness in the middle third. The strength and char pick up notably toward its conclusion.

The downside was that this smoke struggled to get all the flavor components working at once. I kept waiting for it to reach a harmonious balance and blow me away with its depth. Instead, I got good flavors that hit and ran. Perhaps age will bring this into balance, but there are differing opinions on whether a lie-down hurts or helps the Serie 1926.

CONCLUSION: The Serie 1926 No. 6 Maduro is satisfying, but shy of dazzling. For now, it’s akin to an early round NFL draft pick – it has all the ingredients but needs seasoning to reach its potential. Time will tell if I have a Tim Couch or a Brett Favre. Still, it scores well on all measures except value. I recommend it, but for me it remains a second choice to the ‘64 Exclusivo Maduro.

SCORE: 89

59 comments

1 Cigar Jack { 02.11.08 at 8:14 pm }

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Great review, and I love the photos! Do you take them yourself?

2 Kevin { 02.11.08 at 10:14 pm }

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Cigar Jack: Thanks for popping in! I’m glad you like the shots. Yes, I shoot them out back with my trusty Nikon D50 (and occasionally an Olympus E10). — K

3 Dustin (stlcards) { 02.18.08 at 8:44 pm }

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Kevin, great site! I really like the layout and writeups. And as always your picture quality is top notch.

4 Kevin { 02.18.08 at 11:15 pm }

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Hey, Dustin! Good of you to stop in. Thanks for the encouragement! Getting ramped up to 3-4 posts per week now so there’s always something reasonably fresh. See ya over on CL! - K

5 Lisa B. { 03.02.08 at 12:18 pm }

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Great review, I love your clever descriptions. Last year I bought a box of Padron maduros because it got great reviews from Cigar Aficianado. When I smoked one, I was so turned off by it’s in-your-face pepperiness, I had no choice but to let it sit in my humidor lest I just start giving them away. Turns out, only a few months later, the pepper greatly subsided and now it shows wonderful dark chocolate accents and is one of my favorite smokes. Another cigar I bought around the same time as this Padron started out tasting delicious from the start and now tastes like toxic waste after few months of aging. Sorry for the long comment, but I’m a female, what do you expect?

6 Lisa B. { 03.02.08 at 12:19 pm }

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Oops! The cigar was the Padron 6000 maduro (torpedo).

7 Kevin { 03.02.08 at 3:53 pm }

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Thanks for the comments, Lisa! I was enjoying your reviews last evening as well. I have some Padron 6000s in the humi also, though I have the natural wrapper variety. They’re fine, but unremarkable for the price. I used to like Padrons much more than I do now. I don’t know if the cigars are less flavorful or if my palate has grown more demanding.

Thanks for dropping in and I’ll see you at www.herhumidor.com!

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