My wife bought me this Padron Serie 1926 No. 2 Belicoso. I generally wouldn’t buy a cigar as expensive as this for fear that I wouldn’t enjoy it for the expense. But, it was our anniversary and she wanted to buy me a good cigar and so I went with it. Not knowing anything about the Padron Serie 1926 No. 2 Belicoso, I could only go by the advice of our local smoke shop guide.
I didn’t know much about this one before diving in, but the advisor treated this one with all the weight of a “star,” and I graciously accepted my wife’s gift. So, I tucked it away in my Tupperdor for a special day to enjoy and then that day came.
My first puff of the Padron Serie 1926 No. 2 Belicoso told me I was a novice in deep water. Maybe I didn’t know how to smoke this kind of animal. Maybe I didn’t know that a cigar was supposed to be like this in the first place and all the others were the fakes. Maybe this one was something only trolls or cranky ex-generals could appreciate.
In any case, I started the ride and sitting under a Mesquite tree in the shade of a warm day, I took it on.
Having read an account of another smoker, who compared the Ashton VSG Illusion to the Padron Serie 1926, but at half the price, I decided to try one of those first so I could make my own comparison. I did try an Ashton VSG, and a few days later, tried the Padron.
This Padron Serie 1926 No. 2 Belicoso draws so easily and smooth that you get a cloud of thick smoke with the slightest puff. I thought I was gonna cough it all out on the first take. On top of that, the flavor is full – very full. This is not for the faint of heart. And you don’t want to miss and inhale any of this. It will make you dizzy at the least. Also the cigar is box pressed, so it has a squared oval body that is different from the round parejo-style that I am used to. It feels different in the hand and so it takes a little getting used to in handling.
All said, I had to tell myself to start over from the second draw to handle the thing APPROPRIATELY.
Having tried the Ashton VSG before this one, I think the writer’s account that I read had it all wrong. There was no comparison between these two cigars at all – not in size, draw, shape, strength or flavor.
“Okay, slower, gentler draws,” I told myself.
After a while of anticipation between draws, I waded into this cigar with caution and came to enjoy the quality feel of the build, the handling and some of the taste, but the thing is just to full-on for me. I guess I prefer to get a good wind from a smoke rather than tip-toe around this lion.
“Thanks Honey, I love ya. Happy Anniversary.”