Pay­ing trib­ute

With so many An­niver­saries tak­ing place this year, We look back At some of the best cigars that padron has pro­duced for its own mile­stones

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There a lot of an­niver­saries in the cigar world tak­ing place this year. how­ever, while some brands do not have any ma­jor mile­stones to an­nounce in 2016, it can still be worth look­ing back on their pre­vi­ous cel­e­bra­tions.

a case in point is Padron, which has seen a huge amount of suc­cess in its spe­cial re­leases for var­i­ous an­niver­saries. first, the brand stunned fans of Nicaraguan sticks with the 1964 an­niver­sary line, which com­mem­o­rated Padron’s 30th an­niver­sary. Then, eight years later, Padron came out with the 1926 Serie, which com­mem­o­rated founder Jose o. Padron’s 75th birth­day.

1964 An­niver­sary

This line was launched in 1994 to com­mem­o­rate Padrón Cigars’ 30th an­niver­sary. It con­sists of 11 sizes that are avail­able in sun-grown nat­u­ral and meduro wrap­pers.

all of the to­bac­cos used in this lim­it­ed­pro­duc­tion se­ries are aged for four years, which, Padrón says, creates a smooth and com­plex flavour. and, in a nod to the ageold Cuban tra­di­tion of box-press­ing cigars, the 1964 an­niver­sary line was in­tro­duced as a box-pressed se­ries. and, as an an­ti­coun­ter­feit mea­sure, the cigars fea­ture a spe­cially de­signed dou­ble band fea­tur­ing an in­di­vid­u­ally num­bered guar­an­tee la­bel.

This se­ries has gar­nered favour among afi­ciona­dos across the world. from the large “a” cigar, mea­sur­ing eight-and-a-quar­ter inches in length with a 50 ring gauge, through the stocky No.4, with its 60 ring

gauge, to the pocket rocket Principe—a small stick just four-and-a-half inches in length—cigar ex­perts have re­acted to the line with en­thu­si­asm, and it is now con­sid­ered one of the top non-cuban cigar lines around.

In­deed, one of the most cel­e­brated from this line is the Im­pe­rial Maduro, com­ing in with a ring gauge of 54 and a length of 152mm. The rare and ex­pen­sive stick rou­tinely scores more than 90% in the lead­ing cigar mag­a­zines, and with good rea­son. Even the way it looks makes it eas­ily iden­ti­fi­able, thanks to its box-pressed shape and very dark maduro wrap­per, which fea­tures few veins and a silky look. Mean­while, the con­struc­tion is al­ways one of the most praised parts of the Im­pe­rial, and the full-flavoured but not-over­pow­er­ing taste pro­file is highly re­garded among non-cuban fans.

1926 Serie

The award-win­ning 1926 Serie premiered in 2002. To­day, five sizes are avail­able in both nat­u­ral and maduro wrap­per. Con­tin­u­ing Padron’s tra­di­tion, the se­ries is of­fered in a box-pressed for­mat of­fer­ing re­fined to­bacco aged five to 10 years, then blended to cre­ate a smooth, com­plex and full-bod­ied flavour.

The 1926 Serie No. 1 fea­tures a ring gauge of 54 and a length of six-and-three-

hoe­js­gaard said: “the 2015 agree­ment with Blue­bell Cigars pro­vided us with a right over time to ac­quire a ma­jor­ity in­ter­est in our long-stand­ing asian part­ner and the time was now right to make that move. the JV will con­tinue to op­er­ate in the spirit of equal part­ner­ship, and Blue­bell and oet­tinger David­off will be equally rep­re­sented on the com­pany’s board of di­rec­tors. i am de­lighted in this way to ce­ment our re­la­tion­ship with Blue­bell and fur­ther deepen our com­mit­ment to the asia re­gion, which con­tin­ues to rep­re­sent sig­nif­i­cant fu­ture po­ten­tial for the David­off busi­ness.”

ash­ley Mick­lewright, Ceo of Blue­bell asia, added: “we are de­lighted oet­tinger David­off ex­er­cised their right to in­crease their in­ter­est in our joint ven­ture and that we can now op­er­ate the busi­ness in the spirit both par­ties ini­tially in­tended over a year ago. in to­day’s mar­ket, the im­pact of dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies and the har­mon­i­sa­tion of mar­kets across the globe has meant legacy re­la­tion­ships have had to be re­vis­ited and adapted so that the in­ter­est of par­ties re­main aligned.”

Lau­rent de rouge­mont, MD of Blue­bell asia

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