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.