Padron! I feel nothing else needs to be said. However, there are those who might not be familiar with the brand and that should change ASAP!
Padron was the original Nicaraguan Cigar producers and their Anniversary and Family Reserve lines are nothing short of masterpieces. As far as the Original lines are concerned, they are one of the best bangs for the buck out there and not so far off the Anniversary or Reserve lines. The demand is so great; they instituted a cap on the number of cigars they produce each year to ensure the hands of time are not rushed and that careful attention is paid to each cigar coming off the rolling tables.
Padron introduced their 1926 Anniversario line of cigars in 2002 to commemorate Jose Padron's 75th birthday and the results were simply stunning. As well received and lauded as the 1964 cigar line was, the 1926 simply blew Padron fans away. Aged for a year longer than the 1964 range, the 1926 manages to be even more complex, full bodied and spicy, with a strong bite and a lot of power. It's rare for a cigar to rate above a 92 score in Cigar Aficionado Magazine's ratings...a Padron 1926 # 9 scored a 97! We recommend these cigars for smokers with some experience and who like a spicy, full-bodied powerful smoke.