The Padron family developed the Serie 1926 cigar in commemoration of the family’s patriarch, Jose Orlando Padron`s 75th Birthday. (Jose was born in Cuba in 1926.) The cigar debuted in 2002 on Jose’s 76th birthday, one year later than planned. As with all things Padron, their cigars cannot be rushed. The Nicaraguan tobaccos used in the Padron Serie 1926 have been aged for a minimum of five long years. The 1926 Padron is a great, full-bodied, box-pressed cigar with the aroma of well-aged, mature tobacco right out of the box. It’s a complex smoke with perfect balance, showing flavors of chocolate, coffee, nuts, and a hint of black cherry. The cigar has a finish so long it seems to never leave the palate. The Padron Serie 1926 scored one of the highest ratings in the history of Cigar Aficionado. The 97 rating is an amazing feat for a recent-production cigar.