The Legacy of Padron Cigars Travels From Cuba to Miami and Nicaraugua
From political strife, bombings, and hurricanes, the history of the Padron Cigars is very much a rags to riches story. Padron Cigars, also known as Piloto Cigars, was founded by Cuban born refugee Jose Orlando Padron in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami back in September of 1964.
Jose came from a family of hard working tobacco workers. His grandfather left the Canary Islands in the mid 1800’s and migrated to Cuba. During that time, the tobacco workers would work tirelessly each day for only a few pennies. Having stashed away a significant portion of their pay, his ancestors went on to purchase a tobacco farm of their own in Cuba. Since that first tobacco farm in the 1800’s, the Padron family purchased many new farms, including a large factory in the city of Piloto.
However at 35 years of age, Jose Padron left Cuba after the Revolution in which dictator Fidel Castro nationalized all his families tobacco farms. As a refugee in Miami, Jose was barely making $60 a month in refugee aid from the Cuban government. Jose Padron was basically penniless at this point in Miami, until a friend gave him a hammer. This gift allowed him to find a new career as a carpenter. His hard work enabled him to save the $600.00 he needed to launch his Padron Cigar Company. Today the simple hammer plays an important part of their company history and branding.
Even though the Padron Cigar brand was introduced to the world back in 1964, this did not mean the end of the adversity that was to befall the Padron family. This family had to endure significant challenges from bombing and kidnapping attempts in Miami to power struggles in Nicaragua. Despite these incredible hardships, the Padron Cigar went on to become one of the worlds finest cigar brands. As of today, four major lines have been released by Padron. These are the Original Padron, the 1964 Anniversary Padron, the Padron Family Reserve and the Padron Serie 1926.
The reason the Padron brand is world renowned because they are well-priced, complex, and premium quality. No company is a middle man for Padron cigars as the production and distribution is all handled in house. Padron is one of the very few vertically integrated companies out there.
The full-bodied Original Padron cigar is made in the Tabacos Cubanica factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. These cigars are offered in both maduro or sun grown natural, featuring the classic filler and binder that’s aged for two years. You can find these classic Padron cigars for sale in Edmonton at your local smoke shop.
The Padron 30th anniversary was celebrated with the release of the Padron 1964 Anniversary cigar. Jose Padron wanted to try something different with this special cigar, that was aged much longer and featured a different type of blend. This anniversary cigar was a throwback to the old Cuban style of box-pressing cigars like they did back in the 1940’s in Cuba. Even today the popularity of this brand has the cigars literally flying off the shelves soon after they arrive in stock.
As popular and as rare are the Padron 1964 Anniversary cigars, the commemoration of the founder on his 75th birthday came with the release of the Padron Serie 1926. They were first released in 2002, with a blend that had an even more full-bodied taste than the previous releases. Using rare tobacco leaves that were aged for five years or more, proved to be the difference in why this cigar holds one of the highest scores ever received by Cigar Aficionado.
The most recent addition to the Padron line of high quality cigars came in 2009 with the release of the Padron Family Reserve cigars. Unlike any cigar of its kind, this cigar is at the top of the pinnacle when it comes to the best cigars ever produced. The reason this is the cigar that gets mentioned in the top three of all cigars is because the tobacco is aged for an astounding ten full years. Every release of the Padron Family Reserve cigar marks a new anniversary for the company, so they mark this special event by releasing the cigar in a unique shape to the previous release.
In 2014 Padron once again made the Cigar Aficionado List of Top 25 Cigars with the Padron Family Reserve 50 Years Maduro coming in at number 7 with a 94 rating. (And yes we do have that Cigar in stock at Nottingham Cigars & Pipes, Premiere Tobacconist of Edmonton.)
Regardless the line of cigar you choose in the Padron family, you will not be disappointed with the full smoke experience that portrays the Nicaraguan classic character. Visit Nottingham Cigars & Pipes for an extensive selection of all four lines of these fine Padron cigars for sale in Edmonton.