Several cigar companies have created cigars only available to TAA members. TAA members make up roughly the top 10% of retail cigar shops by sales volume in the US. They meet each year in an exotic destination for meetings, seminars and a trade show. TAA cigar releases are either ongoing productions, early releases or one time limited editions. The future of this program is now in doubt due to the new FDA regulations recently released.
For 2016 Padron has four TAA cigars, two are ongoing releases and two are one time limited editions. The Padron 1964 Natural Toro and Padron 1964 Maduro Toro are ongoing TAA releases and consistently two of the top TAA cigars released each year. These are in 25 count boxes 56×5″.
The new Padron limited edition TAA cigars for this year are the Padron 1926 Natural No.48 and the Padron 1926 Maduro No.48. Both are a box press sixty ring gauge cigar, a first for the Padron 1926 line. The No.48 is sold in 10 count boxes. Production will match the number of orders taken at TAA 2016, no extra will be produced. It’s name, No. 48, comes from the 48th anniversary of the TAA.
Padron 1926 Maduro No.48 TAA Review
The Padron 1926 Maduro No.48 TAA is a box press sixty ring gauge cigar. The box pressing makes it seem smaller than most sixty ring gauge cigars. I am smoking the maduro version for this review. The wrapper is very dark and oily. Construction is very good right in line with most Padron Anniversary cigars. Suggested Retail price before local taxes $20.
I lit this cigar and noticed right away it was milder than expected. Larger ring gauge cigars in general tend to be a watered down version of the smaller ring gauges in the same line. This is true here but I like it. It delivered all of the flavor I expected from the Padron 1926 series but the large ring gauge mellowed it out very nicely.
I really enjoyed the mild to medium body of this cigar. It was a perfect combination of flavor and body. The only slight complaint I have is the wrapper wanted to go out occasionally most likely due to how oily it was. It will be interesting to see how the natural version compares.
Padron 1926 Maduro No.48 Blend information
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.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacos Cubanica S.A.
Ring Gauge: 60
Vitola: No. 48
Strength: Medium Plus
Cigar Cafe Rating = VG (Very Good)
Info on Cigar Cafe Rating system
I developed this simple cigar rating system many years ago when I started smoking cigars to track what I liked.
P = Poor
F = Fair
G = Good (Most cigars fall into this category)
VG = Very Good
E = Excellent (Only the absolute best of the best)