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Padrón Cigars is never one to shy away from anniversaries and family birthdays. Therefore, 2016 was a highly anticipated year for cigar fans—eagerly awaiting special releases from the brand—as it marked family patriarch José Orlando Padrón’s 90th birthday.

The first sign came at the beginning of the year, when Padrón introduced a special, limited edition blend, bearing the brand’s base “Padrón Series” band in a new black and gold color scheme. The cigars were dubbed Padrón No. 89 (or Padrón Birthday Blend) and showcased a special blend to commemorate the occasion—released exclusively through Florida retailer Smoke Inn.

And fans that weren’t lucky enough to purchase the Birthday Blend would have their fill too, as Padrón announced a second commemorative cigar at the 2016 IPCPR show in Las Vegas. The cigars are based on Padrón’s 1926 blend and introduce a few unique factors from the world-renowned brand. Most obvious, the cigars show a new sub-band to mark the occasion. But its the use of a non-box-pressed shape and tubo packaging that has fans most excited. The brand is traditionally known to release only box-pressed cigars—this changed in 2015 with the introduction of Padrón’s first Connecticut blend, Dámaso. Padrón 1926 Serie No. 90 is therefore the brand’s first round vitola in the legendary 1926 series and is also the first cigars presented in tubo packaging.

Following classic Cuban standards, Padrón’s size alterations often produce a much more unique experience than the average line—with much care and consideration to tweak the cigar’s blend for the optimal performance for this specific vitola.

Cigar Breakdown

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacos Cubanica S.A. (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Packaging: 10-ct tubo boxes
  • Vitola: 5½” × 52 “No. 90” robusto (non-box-pressed)
  • Price: $19.50