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Padron Cigars
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Padron Cigars

Padron cigars enjoy a truly legendary status among cigar connoisseurs around the world with scores of 90+ rated offerings. Padron’s reputation dates back to 1964 and today the brand is recognized for an elegant portfolio of premium, handcrafted, aged Nicaraguan blends. Rich flavors and perfect construction continue to keep fans of Padron cigars readily engaged with a classic profile that speaks for itself.

CIGARS

  • Padron

    Padron

    Price Per Cigar:
    $3.35 - $10.10
    58 options available
    4.7857 7 Reviews
    Strength: Medium-Full
    Country: Nicaragua
    Wrapper: Nicaraguan

    The Padron family has been making some of the finest cigars in the world for decades. Composed entirely of rich, well-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos, Padron cigars are medium to full-bodied and consistently wonderful. A rich, earthy backbone supports a montage of flavors ranging from cedar and nuts to leather and cocoa. Expertly blended and perfectly constructed, every Padron cigar is nothing short of exceptional.

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  • Padron 1926 Series

    Padron 1926 Series

    Price Per Cigar:
    $11.70 - $21.70
    24 options available
    Strength: Full
    Country: Nicaragua
    Wrapper: Nicaraguan

    Padron 1926 Series is a world-class cigar of the finest blending and construction. Handcrafted exclusively from top-quality, aged Nicaraguan tobaccos, these cigars are full-bodied and delicious. A rich, earthy backbone is joined by a myriad of flavors including spice, leather, nuts and cocoa. These exquisite cigars come in Natural and Maduro wrappers and are topped off with Padron’s signature box-press finish. 

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  • Padron 1926 Series #90

    Padron 1926 Series #90

    Price Per Cigar:
    Only: $19.50
    4 options available
    Strength: Full
    Country: Nicaragua
    Wrapper: Nicaraguan

    Padron 1926 Series #90 presents the brand’s iconic flavor and prestige in a pair of dazzling tubes that identify the Maduro and Natural wrapper varieties. The 94-rated Padron 1926 Series #90 earned a well-deserved spot in Cigar Aficionado’s ‘Top 25 Cigars’ in 2016 with a luxuriant profile of cashews, cocoa, cedar, coffee beans and a touch of signature Nicaraguan spices. Delight your palate with a top-shelf gem handcrafted in a round shape to an impeccable standard from the world-renowned Padron brand.

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  • Padron 1926 Series Gift Packs

    Padron 1926 Series Gift Packs

    Price Per Cigar:
    $13.70 - $21.70
    8 options available
    5.0000 1 Review
    Strength: Full
    Country: Nicaragua
    Wrapper: Nicaraguan

    Padron has a long-standing reputation for manufacturing some of the finest cigars money can buy. Anyone who's smoked one will wholeheartedly agree. So, next time you're looking for a gift for that cigar-loving-someone in your life, you should look no further than these Padron 1926 Series Gift Packs. Featuring some of Padron's most popular sizes, anyone who enjoys a fine cigar will certainly enjoy unwrapping one of these boxes.

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  • Padron 1964 Anniversary

    Padron 1964 Anniversary

    Price Per Cigar:
    $9.70 - $33.80
    52 options available
    4.8333 3 Reviews
    Strength: Full
    Country: Nicaragua
    Wrapper: Nicaraguan

    Padron 1964 Anniversary is an outstanding cigar in every respect. The well-aged, all-Nicaraguan blend boasts an exquisite array of flavors with a dark, earthy flavor at the forefront and creamy, leathery notes to follow. The choice in wrapper options further influences these flavors with the Maduro introducing a sweet chocolaty character and the Natural adding lighter notes of cream and cedar. The full-bodied strength is the perfect accompaniment. Regardless of your smoking preference, these cigars are absolute winners.

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  • Padron 40th Anniversary

    Padron 40th Anniversary

    Price Per Cigar:
    Only: $26.80
    4 options available
    5.0000 1 Review
    Strength: Full
    Country: Nicaragua
    Wrapper: Nicaraguan

    Padron 40th Anniversary is a limited-production masterpiece. Handmade using a regal assortment of 5-year old Nicaraguan tobaccos, these cigars are full-bodied and full-flavored. A complexly-layered, earthy backbone is built upon by decadent notes of spices, dark chocolate and creamy leather. Crafted in a spectacular 6.5 x 54 Torpedo-shape, these cigars boast a flawless box-pressed physique. In 2004, Padron 40th Anniversary was named the “#1 Cigar of the Year” by Cigar Aficionado.

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  • Padron 50th Anniversary Cigar & Humidor

    Padron 50th Anniversary Cigar & Humidor

    Price Per Cigar:
    Only: $106.00
    1 option available
    Strength: Full
    Country: Nicaragua
    Wrapper: Nicaraguan

    Padron devotees have access to the ultimate prize with the Padron 50th Anniversary Cigar & Humidor while supplies last. Each humidor is patiently handcrafted in Spain and arrives with a full course of 50 limited edition Padron 50th Anniversary Cigars in a 6 1/2 x 52 format in the Natural wrapper variety. Serial Numbers identify the humidor as well every cigar included. Numerous branded appointments include the classic white, burgundy and black color scheme, a custom analog hygrometer with a separate temperature gauge, and a locking key crafted in the shape of the iconic Padron hammer. The humidor is entirely crafted from aged Spanish cedar. The all-Nicaraguan blend furnishes an irresistible profile handmade from the factory’s oldest and most prestigious tobaccos. To classify Padron 50th as a celebratory cigar is practically an understatement. For the collector, it’s hard to imagine a more romantic environment in which to store a serious collection of pinnacle, milestone cigars from Padron.

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  • Padron 80 Years

    Padron 80 Years

    Price Per Cigar:
    Only: $31.80
    4 options available
    5.0000 1 Review
    Strength: Full
    Country: Nicaragua
    Wrapper: Nicaraguan

    Padron has a long-standing history of releasing special cigars in commemoration of momentous occasions. This cigar is no exception. Created in honor of Jose Orlando Padron from a selection of only the very finest Nicaraguan tobaccos, Padron 80 Years is nothing less than exquisite. Full-bodied and spicy, these perfectly-rolled perfectos feature mouthwatering notes of nuts, cocoa and coffee beans that swim inside the solid flavor-core of earth and cedar. This limited-production beauty is a must-try for fine cigar connoisseurs.

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  • Padron Damaso

    Padron Damaso

    Price Per Cigar:
    $12.50 - $17.50
    12 options available
    5.0000 1 Review
    Strength: Mild-Medium
    Country: Nicaragua
    Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut

    Padron is legendary for creating some of the most sought-after and respected cigars in world. Padron Damaso turns a corner for the well-renowned brand with an all-new mild to medium-bodied blend. Damaso is the first Padron handcrafted with a silky Ecuador Connecticut wrapper over a delicious pairing of Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. A delicate creaminess with rich cedar, black pepper, and soft spices treats the palate to a veritable tour of appealing, smooth flavors. Damaso concludes with the perfect balance of sweetness and spices courtesy of a flawless construction. If you’re already a Padron lover who’s used to enjoying a stronger blend after dinner, Damaso is perfect for a break earlier in the day or a nice touch with your morning coffee. Order Damaso today and tell all the Padron enthusiasts you know just how much you liked it!

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  • Padron Family Reserve

    Padron Family Reserve

    Price Per Cigar:
    $20.90 - $31.80
    20 options available
    5.0000 2 Reviews
    Strength: Full
    Country: Nicaragua
    Wrapper: Nicaraguan

    Padron Family Reserve is one of the finest and most highly sought-after cigars in the world today. Blended to perfection using a wonderful assortment of aged Nicaraguan tobaccos, these beauties are finished in gorgeous Nicaraguan wrappers. These cigars are mouthwateringly-delicious from start to finish, with bold flavors of cocoa and coffee bean meshing with an earthy core before culminating in a long, cedary finish. In 2009, Padron Family Reserve was crowned “#1 Cigar of Year” by Cigar Aficionado.

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SAMPLERS

  • Padron #88 Maduro Sampler

    Padron #88 Maduro Sampler

    Box of 5
    Only: $38.95

    Padron is a top-shelf Nicaraguan cigar brand rooted in a respected Cuban heritage. Padron #88 Maduro Sampler features a marvelous Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper over 4 box-pressed sizes of the medium to full-bodied classic Padron blend. In addition, the limited and precisely aged 1964 Anniversary Exclusivo Maduro provides exceptionally rich notes of dark cocoa and spicy espresso. Explore an admired brand name and order the Padron #88 Maduro Sampler today!

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  • Padron #88 Natural Sampler

    Padron #88 Natural Sampler

    Box of 5
    Only: $38.95

    Savory Nicaraguan spices marry sweet hints of cocoa in the Padron #88 Natural Sampler. Four distinct box-pressed sizes reveal a wealth of rich flavors in the classic Padron blend. The stunning, limited 1964 Anniversary Exclusivo showcases Jorge Padron’s talent for aging tobaccos to achieve exceptionally smooth notes of cinnamon, pepper and brown sugar in every puff. Engage your palate with the exquisite flavors in the Padron #88 Natural Sampler today!

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  • Padron 1926 Series Maduro Sampler

    Padron 1926 Series Maduro Sampler

    Box of 4
    Only: $70.95
    5.0000 1 Review

    Padron 1926 Serie Maduro cigars are handcrafted in very limited quantities and feature an all Nicaraguan blend aged for a minimum of 5 to 10 years. Padron 1926 Series Maduro Sampler includes 4 highly rated, sought-after cigars. Rich, extraordinarily enticing notes of dark cocoa are delivered to the senses with savory, sweet spices. A traditional box-press shape presents each full-bodied cigar with an easy, consistent draw. Mesmerize your senses with the award-winning aromas of the Padron 1926 Series Maduro Sampler!

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  • Padron 1926 Series Natural Sampler

    Padron 1926 Series Natural Sampler

    Box of 4
    Only: $70.95

    Padron 1926 Series Natural Sampler is full-bodied and full of pristine, spicy notes of light coffee, sweet cocoa and nutmeg. Padron uses the finest aged Nicaraguan tobaccos beneath selectively handpicked Natural wrappers. The finish lingers with savory and complex tasting notes. Four of the most sought-after sizes are brought together in the 1926 Series Natural Sampler. Grace your palate with this highly rated and rare sampler today!

     

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  • Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro Sampler

    Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro Sampler

    Box of 5
    Only: $89.95

    In 1994, Padron introduced the 1964 Anniversary to commemorate the company’s 30th anniversary and is credited with catapulting the brand to legendary status. Several years pass to age each of the Nicaraguan tobaccos used in the creation of this outstanding medium to full-bodied blend. Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro Sampler showcases 5 exceptional, box-pressed sizes. Dark notes of cocoa, nutmeg and hints of espresso create a savory and spicy profile from start to finish. Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro Sampler guarantees an encounter with excellence. Get yours now!

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  • Padron 1964 Anniversary Natural Sampler

    Padron 1964 Anniversary Natural Sampler

    Box of 5
    Only: $89.95

    Padron 1964 Anniversary Natural Sampler features 5 of the most popular sizes of an incredibly rare, hard-to-come-by cigar. Padron 1964 Anniversary is a limited production, medium to full-bodied cigar blended to commemorate the company’s 30th anniversary. Rich tasting notes of cinnamon, light cocoa and sweet coffee are married to a savory Nicaraguan spice in a consistent, box-press shape. Padron 1964 Anniversary Natural cigars perfectly enchant seasoned cigar lovers with every puff. Sample this exceptional blend now!

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  • Padron 'Cigars of the Year' Sampler

    Padron 'Cigars of the Year' Sampler

    Box of 3
    Only: $72.95

    Around the holidays, cigar lovers anxiously await Cigar Aficionado’s annual ‘Cigar of the Year’ announcement. Only a handful of brands have received the coveted honor over the years, however, Padron has managed to achieve the feat no less than on three different occasions. Now you can experience all three top-rated winners in the Padron Cigars of the Year Sampler. The most prized premium, aged Nicaraguan tobaccos rest beneath the finest hand-picked wrapper leaves with one Padron Family Reserve #45 Maduro, one Padron 1926 Series #9 Natural, and one Padron 40th Anniversary Natural. Perfectly refined notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon, black pepper and cedar are reflected in the most revered blends from the prestigious Padron brand.

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  • Padron Collection Maduro Sampler

    Padron Collection Maduro Sampler

    Box of 5
    Only: $77.95

    Tour an exceptional variety of the finest Padron blends with one Family Reserve, two distinct Anniversary cigars, and one 3000 in the brand’s signature Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper aged to a wonderful standard. Notes of dark chocolate, earthy spices and cinnamon furnish a brilliant, balanced profile. In addition, the elegant and flavorful Padron Damaso is included, offering an approachable Ecuador Connecticut wrapper with notes of white pepper, cedar and coffee. Experience five world-renowned cigars in the Padron Collection Maduro Sampler.

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  • Padron Collection Natural Sampler

    Padron Collection Natural Sampler

    Box of 5
    Only: $77.95

    Experience the prestigious and world-famous reputation of an iconic brand in the Padron Collection Natural Sampler. Five of the bestselling and most sought-after Padron cigars express exquisite flavors with a range of premium aged Nicaraguan tobaccos. Two distinct Padron Anniversary blends, one Family Reserve and one #3000 present rich notes of nuts, cayenne, cinnamon and toasted spices in a Natural Nicaraguan wrapper leaf with varying degrees of age, while Padron Damaso offers crisp notes of white pepper in a golden Ecuador Connecticut leaf. Taste the legendary profile Padron offers with an excellent selection.

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  • Padron Family Reserve Maduro Sampler

    Padron Family Reserve Maduro Sampler

    Box of 5
    Only: $129.95

    The iconic Padron Family Reserve blend has not only gathered some of the highest accolades from cigar enthusiasts around the world, it is also comprised of Padron’s longest-aged and most prized tobaccos. Experience the exquisite blend in a supreme collection of formats in the Padron Family Reserve Maduro Sampler. Rich, refined notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon and cedar are presented in a versatile assortment of shapes that offer distinct variations of a legendary profile. Whether you’re picking one up for yourself, or as gift for your favorite cigar connoisseur, satisfaction is guaranteed.

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  • Padron Family Reserve Natural Sampler

    Padron Family Reserve Natural Sampler

    Box of 5
    Only: $129.95

    The Padron Family Reserve is preceded by a legendary reputation. Comprised exclusively of Padron’s longest-aged, premium Nicaraguan tobaccos, Family Reserve lives up to its prominent image with the first puff. Taste five exquisite sizes in a world-class brand, patiently rolled from the finest Natural Nicaraguan wrappers available. Rich notes of cocoa, cinnamon, cedar and cayenne deliver a completely refined and satisfying profile with a marvelous finish. Each format included expresses the blend with distinctly balanced nuances cigar lovers are sure to savor.

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  • Padron 'Family Selection' Maduro Sampler

    Padron 'Family Selection' Maduro Sampler

    Box of 8
    Only: $116.95

    Padron’s world-famous quality is undeniable in the Padron ‘Family Selection’ Maduro Sampler. Each cigar is a carefully box-pressed Nicaraguan puro, medium to full in body. Padron’s Maduro wrappers create rich tasting notes of dark cocoa, sweet figs and black cherries in the classic blend and the limited, highly rated 1964 Anniversary and 1926 Series cigars. Bright spices complement over-the-top flavors for an outstanding finish. Indulge in an unforgettable luxury with the Padron ‘Family Selection’ Maduro Sampler!

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  • Padron 'Family Selection' Natural Sampler

    Padron 'Family Selection' Natural Sampler

    Box of 8
    Only: $116.95

    Padron cigars are known for legendary quality and aging. Eight unique, box-pressed shapes feature pristine Natural wrappers over rich Nicaraguan tobaccos in the Padron ‘Family Selection’ Natural Sampler. Refined spices and subtle hints of brown sugar and cinnamon are readily apparent in the classic blend as well as the extra aged, limited production 1964 Anniversary and 1926 Serie cigars. The most fertile growing soils enhance the luscious finish of each cigar. Experience the trademark toasty sweetness of Padron today!

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ACCESSORIES

  • Padron 3-Finger Leather Cigar Case

    Padron 3-Finger Leather Cigar Case

    Only:
    $200.00

    Carry a trio of your favorite prestigious Padron cigars in the elegant and luxurious Padron 3-Finger Leather Cigar Case. A rich leather finish dresses a firm cedar lining with a polished hardwood top and bottom. Accommodate a range of cigar shapes with a convenient, removable cedar divider and adjustable sleeve height. Slide cigars into your breast or jacket pocket and know they’re protected before you head to your next cigar-smoking destination. Add an impressive gift to the cart for your favorite Padron fan.

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  • Padron 50th Anniversary Ashtray by ST Dupont

    Padron 50th Anniversary Ashtray by ST Dupont

    Only:
    $1,000.00

    Elevate the act of ashing your cigar to a stunning new summit with an opulent Padron 50th Anniversary Ashtray from ST Dupont. The classic, Padron 50th logo is rendered in gold against the brand’s elegant burgundy and white color scheme in world-famous Limoges porcelain from France. Gilded cigar rests glide effortlessly along the edge to accommodate the length of your cigar. Only a small handful of the limited edition ashtrays were made. Add an impressive and luxurious accessory to your home or office, or get the ultimate ashtray for your favorite Padron lover.

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  • Padron 50th Anniversary ST Dupont Ligne 2 Lighter

    Padron 50th Anniversary ST Dupont Ligne 2 Lighter

    Only:
    $2,000.00

    ST Dupont and Padron are brands synonymous with luxury and quality. Impress sophisticated cigar lovers, or procure the ultimate gift for your favorite Padron fan, with the classic, limited edition Padron 50th Anniversary ST Dupont Ligne 2 lighter. Once the elegant profile and substantial weight graces your hand, you’ll be hard-pressed to let it go. The prestigious Padron logo is rendered in white and burgundy Chinese lacquer. ST Dupont’s signature lid-opening ‘ping’ and the flint-style, soft double-flame elevate the act of lighting your next cigar to a memorable height. A romantic ritual awaits in an edition of only 500 pieces designed to commemorate 50 years of handcrafted prestige from the Padron brand.

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  • Padron 50th Anniversary ST Dupont Maxi Jet Torch Lighter

    Padron 50th Anniversary ST Dupont Maxi Jet Torch Lighter

    Only:
    $265.00

    ST Dupont and Padron have collaborated in a collectible and commemorative Maxi Jet Lighter with a leather sleeve honoring the brand’s 50th year in business. The Maxi Jet design is known for its hallmark styling and reliability. An eggshell white hue is finished with iconic Padron logos on both sides. Protect your torch from potential scratches with a rich leather sleeve, also embossed with the brand logo. Show your admiration for prestigious cigar-makers with a limited edition set, or add a great gift to the cart for your favorite Padron fan today.

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PADRON BRAND HISTORY

The Padron brand embodies a legacy rivaled by few others in the world of premium, handcrafted cigars. In many ways, Padron reflects the modern evolution of high quality, handmade cigars in the premium U.S. market. And certainly, Padron’s success echoes the emergence of Nicaragua as a key region for producing many of the most prominent and prestigious cigars available today. Recognition and acclaim were not born overnight, and the brand has seen its share of challenges in a lineage that dates back to Cuba in the 1800s.

Family patriarch Jose Orlando Padron was born in Cuba in 1926 in the municipality of Consolacion del Sur. Raised on his family’s farm in Piloto, Cuba’s legendary tobacco-growing region, Padron’s youth was not fraught with the hard times typical of many émigrés of the era. His grandfather, Damaso Padron, arrived in Cuba from the Canary Islands in the 1800s. He purchased a small farm in the town of Las Obas and subsequently increased his land holdings by buying additional farms, including the one in Piloto, where the family primarily grew filler tobacco for cigar-makers in Havana. Jose Orlando cherished his time on the family farm where he rode horses and gained an intimate acquaintance with tobacco, working alongside his father, Francisco, and grandfather. At the age of seven, Jose Orlando cleaned plant seedbeds after school. He learned to coax rich flavors from the Cuban-seed tobacco they grew by eliminating impurities through a patient fermentation process with the careful application of water and pressure.

As the 1950s approached, the Padron family was well-established, procuring tobacco throughout Pinar del Rio for Havana’s famed H. Upmann factory, maker of the Montecristo brand. In the wake of their agricultural successes, the family pursued a short-lived venture in a copper mine in Cuba which came to an abrupt halt at the outset of Fidel Castro’s ascent and the ensuing Cuban revolution. Castro’s aggressive program for nationalization claimed the family’s copper mine and reallocated the majority of Padron’s 250-acre farm for the raising of geese. Left with just a five-acre plot, Padron’s initial pro-revolutionary stance quickly faded. With few options in Cuba, Jose Orlando Padron begrudgingly escaped to Spain in 1961 where a lack of opportunities compelled him to move onto New York the same year.

By early 1962, Padron’s distaste for cold weather and a lack of tangible opportunities prompted his move to Miami. Although work was still scarce in Miami, Jose Orlando was eligible for assistance afforded to Cuban exiles by the U.S. government. Reluctantly, he took the assistance for roughly six months to get back on his feet. Padron tried his hand at numerous odd jobs, from mowing lawns to selling hot chocolate. Eventually, a friend gave Padron a hammer to do carpentry work. Although the hammer was emblematic of Padron’s struggle, it also came to symbolize his will and his persistence, and as such remains a central component in the iconic Padron brand logo today.

Inevitably, Padron’s fate would lie in his aversion to the quality of local cigars for sale in Miami. Few options and lack of flavor prompted Padron to again pursue his love of cigar making. He spent months saving enough money to open a cigar factory. To satisfy requirements of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Jose Orlando first needed to secure a physical location to qualify for the permits necessary to open his factory. He rented a small storefront on West Flagler street in March of 1964 and paid rent through September without making a single profit as he awaited his permits to arrive. Finally on September 8, 1964 Padron Cigars opened for business.

The early Padron cigars were a remarkable departure from the premium, handcrafted Nicaraguan blends that define the brand today. The first Miami-made Padron cigars consisted of a mixture of short and long-filler ingredients crafted by one roller from Brazilian, Puerto Rican and Connecticut tobaccos into a single format called a Cazador. Extra space in each cigar box caused the cigars to assume a diamond shape as a result of being packed wet. Single cigars sold for a quarter, while a bundle of 25 retailed for $6.

Sales slowly trickled in and Jose Orlando found it difficult to build initial demand for his product. However, a customer’s request for traditional Cuban-shaped Fumas changed the brand’s luck. The Fuma features a pigtail on the cap and was a shape cigar-makers often smoked. To many Cuban-émigré cigar lovers living in Miami, the style reminded them of their homeland. Jose Orlando put the shape into production and repackaged his cigars to show off the pigtail. Demand soared. A pragmatic, conservative approach and willingness to deal with his customers directly, in lieu of hiring a salesforce, benefitted Padron as his overhead remained low. Raw materials were affordable and Padron found that he could often turn a profit selling cigars for a quarter.

Padron cigars enjoyed wild popularity as the 1970s unfolded. However, the brand’s perception met with a hiccup in 1978 when Jose Orlando visited Cuba and met with Fidel Castro on a pair of occasions in an effort to free a group of political prisoners. Although the meetings bore positive results with the release of over 340 prisoners, the press had photographed Jose Orlando smoking a cigar with Fidel Castro. When the photo hit the newspapers, the Cuban population in Miami erupted with accusations that Padron was a communist and a traitor. Padron’s Miami headquarters were bombed in four separate incidents. Although no one was injured, the family was noticeably shaken by the unpredictable landscape. Despite local tensions, loyal customers still supported the brand and sales increased. Padron’s Cuban endeavors lead to the eventual release of more than 3500 prisoners.

Beyond the family’s trials and tribulations in Cuba, perhaps no other political climate provided greater success and challenge for Padron than that of Nicaragua. Jose Orlando imported his first crop of Nicaraguan tobacco in 1967. In 1970, Padron would open his first cigar factory in Nicaragua. The region’s intense political instability introduced alternating periods of benefit and uncertainty. In 1978, vandals burned his cigar factory and warehouse in Estelí to the ground. The unstable climate prompted Jose Orlando to make contingency plans in Danlí, Honduras, in order to continue making cigars without interruption. Not wanting to alter his cigar blends, he diligently transferred his stock of Nicaraguan tobacco 83 miles away across the Honduran border. Despite challenging and undesirable circumstances, Padron was able to continue production, albeit with a receding supply of tobacco, until 1985 when the U.S. declared a trade embargo with Nicaragua. As a result, the company’s production dropped by the late 1980s to a third of its previous levels. Jose Orlando attests that he has never used Honduran tobacco in his cigars. The embargo with Nicaragua was lifted in 1990 opening the door for the Padrons to again open a factory there. Their return accompanied many onerous circumstances, including power outages and continued civil unrest.

Jose Orlando’s youngest son, Jorge, entered the company on a fulltime basis after completing an MBA at the University of Miami in 1992. Jorge Padron brought an ambitious foresight to the company, whose sales were largely derived from a Miami-based clientele. Jose Orlando entrusted the brand’s expansion to Jorge, who viewed the local market as unable to sustain long-term success. Jorge and his brother, Orlando, attended their first cigar tradeshow in 1993, with the intention of distributing their cigars nationally. The brand’s initial exposure to a larger audience of cigar retailers was met with hesitancy, as many retailers feared Padron’s Cuban-seed, sun-grown tobacco was too strong and polarizing for consumers who were largely accustomed to milder profiles, crafted primarily from Connecticut wrapper leaves. However, Jorge was undeterred and believed that many of their local Miami consumers were experienced, sophisticated cigar smokers. If the brand enjoyed tremendous popularity among Miami’s seasoned cigar enthusiasts, certainly a larger national audience could be established.

In 1994, the company officially entered the premium market with the launch of its now iconic Padron 1964 blend. The tobaccos chosen for the cigar were aged extensively and exemplified the family’s talent at fermentation. The profile furnished rich and hearty flavors with a smooth, approachable delivery. Another prominent distinction the cigar exhibited was its box-pressed shape. The squared-off format had been used by other cigar-makers in the past, but certainly not in a release as acclaimed as Padron 1964 proved to be. Named for the year that Jose Orlando resurrected his destiny as a cigar maker in Miami in 1964, the blend immediately became a big hit in high-end cigar retail shops. Consumers clamored to try the esteemed cigar and experience its unusual box-pressed shape.

In building on the success of Padron 1964, the company released an even more exclusive line, Padron Series 1926, in 2001, to commemorate Jose Orlando Padron’s 75th birthday. A few years later, the brand’s oldest tobaccos, aged more than 10 years, were blended in the distinguished Padron Family Reserve. Today, Jorge Padron is at the helm of the brand, steering its growth alongside his father and expanding the number of farms they own to support their burgeoning factory and cigar-making operations.

PADRON BRAND OVERVIEW

Padron Cigars enjoy a legendary reputation among cigar lovers. Although the brand’s most famous releases include their highly rated Padron 1964 Anniversary and Padron Series 1926 blends, many consumers get acquainted with the company through the moderately priced Padron Series, sometimes referred to as the Thousand Series. The Toro-shaped Padron 3000 and Robusto-shaped Padron 2000 offer a great introduction to the brand’s iconic profile of all-Nicaraguan tobaccos with notes of nuts, spices and an earthy sweetness, in a pair of well-known, approachable shapes. The Padron 6000 earned an impressive 93-point rating more than 10 years ago with its soft box-pressed Torpedo format.

The Padron 1964 Anniversary blend, often simply called, Padron 1964 Catapulted the brand’s prestige. The line was named for the year Jose Orlando Padron opened his first cigar factory in Miami. Available in both Natural and Maduro wrapper options, the debut of the box-pressed Padron 1964 during the thick of the Cigar Boom in 1994 was met with widespread demand, owed to the family’s expertise in fermenting and aging their tobaccos, as well as the curious box-pressed shape of each size. Tobaccos selected for all Padron 1964 cigars are aged for a minimum of 6 years. Additionally, the advent of Cigar Aficionado as an authoritative resource for lovers of both Cuban and non-Cuban premium cigars proved to offer immense benefit in making Padron a popular and heavily requested brand among consumers. Several praiseworthy reviews and dozens of high ratings from the publication magnified the brand’s appeal. Among the best-selling shapes are the Padron 1964 Exclusivo, a rich and well-balanced Robusto; Padron 1964 Torpedo, a concentrated profile of cocoa, nuts and coffee beans; and Padron 1964 Imperial, a cool-burning Toro with silky flavors and a superb draw.

Following the rave reception of Padron 1964 Anniversary, the company launched Padron Series 1926 in 2002, in honor of Jose Orlando Padron’s 75th birthday. All tobaccos in the 1926 blend are aged for a minimum of 8 years. The Padron Series 1926 No. 9 received a supreme 97-point rating and was awarded the ‘#1 Cigar of the Year’ title by Cigar Aficionado in 2007. A reddish-hued Nicaraguan wrapper reveals marble-like flavors of coffee, chocolate and cashews with a hint of black cherries. Blended to commemorate Jose Orlando’s 80th birthday, Padron Series 1926 80 Years Maduro was awarded the ‘#2 Cigar of the Year’ by Cigar Aficionado in 2008. By the time the rating was released, fans of Padron were clearly enamored with the brand and willing to pay an additional premium for the extra rarity and refinement offered in the 1926 profile. Notes of dried fruit and leather concentrate in a blissful finish that lingers with the brand’s signature chocolaty spices.

The Padron Family Reserve blend sits atop the company’s hierarchy, both in terms of aging and price. All tobaccos selected for the Family Reserve blend are aged for more than 10 years. Originally, the Family Reserve blend was only offered at cigar events where a Padron family member was present. The line has since been extended into regular production, although it is made in small quantities. Padron Family Reserve cigars are blended to commemorate specific milestones and anniversaries near and dear to the company’s history. In 2009, Padron Family Reserve No. 45 Maduro (named to honor the brand’s 45th year in business) was the third cigar from Padron to receive Cigar Aficionado’s coveted ‘#1 Cigar of the Year’ title, having earned a 95-point rating with its resonant profile of wood, coffee beans and spices. Perhaps not surprisingly, the following year in 2010, the Natural variety of Padron Family Reserve No. 45 also scored a 95-point rating and placed in the ‘Top 5 Cigars of the Year’ with a slightly more tempered profile of cocoa beans, leather and earth.

Among the brand’s most anticipated releases are two distinct variations honoring the company’s 50th year in business. The Padron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is an extraordinarily rare, Toro-shaped cigar that was only released in a special production of 500 handmade humidors that sold for over $5000 apiece. Each humidor was handcrafted in Spain and included with a full course of fifty cigars. The limited release was produced in both Natural and Maduro wrapper varieties. For Padron fans curious about the expensive and elusive 50th Anniversary, the company released a regular production cigar, Padron Family Reserve 50 Years in small, but continual quantities. While the purchase of a beautiful and extremely expensive humidor is not a prerequisite to try the Padron Family Reserve 50 Years, it is worth noting that both the Natural and Maduro varieties each scored an impressive 94-point rating. In addition, each blend placed in Cigar Aficionado’s ‘Top 10 Cigars of the Year.’ The Maduro wrapper took 7th place in 2014, while the Natural wrapper earned the 4th spot in 2015.

Whether you’re already a devoted Padron smoker, or you’re new to cigar smoking and simply can’t resist tasting the brand’s prominent reputation, there are a myriad of options to consider. Know that every Padron cigar reflects a wonderful attention to quality, consistency and flavor. A rich, identifiable profile awaits in each of the company’s releases, and is certain to leave an unforgettable impression on your senses. Also, bear in mind, when searching for Padron cigars, any reference to “Padrones” is incorrect, as the name has never been spelled with an “e.” Browse our distinguished variety of Padron cigars today and add a world-renowned classic to your collection.