The se­cret’s out


Virtuozity - - Cigar News -

PADRON HAS RE­LEASED a new ad­di­tion to its 1964 An­niver­sary Se­ries. It’s shorter and thicker than the other cigars in the line, with the new vitola known as the Her­moso.

As with all cigars in this se­ries, the Her­moso is box-pressed and hand­crafted with sun grown to­bacco aged a min­i­mum of four years, cre­at­ing a smooth, com­plex flavour pro­file. It comes with a 56 ring gauge and a length of four inches. Ac­cord­ing to the brand, it’ll come in boxes of 26 cigars, and, as is usual for Padron, will be avail­able with ei­ther nat­u­ral or maduro wrap­pers.

News of the new cigar ac­tu­ally came back in the win­ter, when Piloto Cigars, Padron’s par­ent com­pany, sent some re­tail­ers in the United States the cigar to test how well it would be re­ceived. Af­ter get­ting good feed­back, the brand launched the new cigar as the Her­moso.

The Padrón 1964 An­niver­sary Se­ries is con­sis­tently ranked as one of the world’s top brands. It was in­tro­duced in 1994 to com­mem­o­rate the com­pany’s 30th an­niver­sary. The line con­sists of more than 10 sizes, each one made with to­bacco that is aged for four years. In hon­our of the ageold Cuban tra­di­tion of box-press­ing cigars, the 1964 An­niver­sary line was in­tro­duced as a box-pressed se­ries.

This se­ries has gar­nered favour among afi­ciona­dos across the world. From the large “A” cigar, mea­sur­ing eight-and-aquar­ter 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 fourand-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

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