cigar review

Padron: 1964 Anniversary Series Principe

The next cigar I will smoke as part of my cigar challenge is from the Padron cigar brand. I will be smoking the Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Principe.

The stats:

Length: 4 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 46″
Strength: Medium to Full
Country of origin:
Cost: £19.52 @ Smoking Jacket

Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Principe


Cuban-native José Orlando Padrón founded the Padron cigar brand in Miami in 1964.

José Orlando Padrón smoking a cigar | Source: Cigar Aficionado

Today Padron Cigars are made in a cigar factory in Nicaragua and have become one of the most popular brands outside of Cuba. These exquisite cigars are blended from carefully aged tobaccos to produce cigars that many well-informed smokers consider to be the finest in the world.

Tour of the Padron cigar factory in Nicaragua

The Padron portfolio of 90-plus rated blends includes the Family Reserve, Special Releases, 1926 Series, Padron Series, 1964 Anniversary Series, along with a fine assortment of luxurious samplers that allow you to discover this top-line brand.

According to the Smoking Jacket website,

“Padron introduced the 1964 Anniversary Series line in 1994 to commemorate Padron’s 30th anniversary. All tobacco used in this limited production series is aged four years, creating a smooth and complex flavour. In honour of the age-old Cuban tradition of box pressing cigars, the 1964 Anniversary line was introduced as a box-pressed series.”

You can read more about the history of Padron on their official website and by watching this documentary on the cigar brand on YouTube.

My experience:

Whilst this cigar is small in size, my god, it packs a punch!

Before even lighting it up, this dark wrapped cigar gives off a rich cocoa-like aroma. Upon the first third, I get sweet and spicy peppery flavour notes. Into the second third, the spiciness picks up, and the sweetness dies down. In the last third, the spiciness drops back, and I get caramel-like flavour notes.

A fantastic smoke! I want to explore Padron’s cigar range, especially if they have cigars over 50 ring gauge.

My rating: 8.5 out of 10

Next up… a cigar from the Partagas brand!

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