Since it was my first time visiting my B&M's cigar lounge, I figured I would get something nice. I stumbled across some Padron Serie 1926's in a corner humidor, and the little #35 looked perfect for the time I had to smoke.
The #35 in Padron's Serie 1926 line is 4x48. There are both natural and maduro versions. The cigar features two cigar bands, one with the Padron Serie 1926 labelling, the other with the cigar's serial number. This particular 1926 was #443694.
Retail price: $12.50 after taxes. Pricey, but I was in the mood for something special.
The lounge had some beer in the fridge, so I chose a Yuengling:
The draw was amazingly easy for how solid the cigar felt. I mean, the cigar felt firm yet I could suck air through it without any effort. Construction overall is excellent, with the "just slightly lumpy" look of Padrons that I really like. This cigar is box-pressed, and the wrapper is a beautiful dark reddish-brown.
The cold draw tasted earthy, with a hint of coffee. The cigar smelled earthy, and a bit like semi-sweet chocolate.
I punched the cigar with my Vector Heatran, and lit 'er up.
The 1st third had pronounced notes of spice and dark chocolate. These sort of bounced off of each other as the smoke progressed - coming to the forefront a bit, then retreating. The smoke was also somewhat creamy through the first third, with a spicy retrohale.
The 2nd third continued with the spice and dark chocolate, but added an earthy tobacco element. The spice became more defined, with a nutmeg-like flavor. The retrohale was a little less spicy. I found the smoke to no longer be as creamy, and instead felt dryer. Occasionally I detected a vanilla aftertaste that was delightful.
I spent some time trying to get the serial number band off (the Padron one came off rather easily), but it was stuck pretty good. I finally gave in and just peeled it off, taking a little nick out of the wrapper. No biggie. The burn also got slightly uneven at this point, but self corrected on its own fairly quickly.
The final third seemed to have a more dominant spice aspect, with some light pepper to keep things interesting.
This cigar is very complex. Although the flavors didn't evolve really dramatically, there was a lot going on in this little stick when you really paid attention. I smoked it to the nub, and thoroughly enjoyed this stick. Although expensive, it was a wonderful treat and immensely flavorful - solidly medium without getting too close to full bodied, strong enough to appreciate the flavors without getting slammed with them.
If you can afford to smoke these regularly, by all means do!
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