September 8, 1964.
The Padron 1964 Anniversary Line was created in 1994 to celebrate 30 years of being in the cigar industry. This was their first endeavor into producing a premium cigar that could be smoked for a celebration. Prior to this line, Padron Cigars sold the thousand series for the previous years. However, compared to those cigars, the 1964 Anniversary was a tremendous step up in terms of quality and craftsmanship. According to Padron’s website, the 1964 Anniversary line uses tobacco that is aged four years allowing the tobacco to develop a rich complex flavor.
The Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series line was introduced in 1994 to commemorate our company’s 30th anniversary. This line consists of ten sizes that are all available in sun-grown natural and maduro wrappers. All tobacco used in this limited production series is aged for four years, creating a smooth and complex flavor. In honor of the age-old Cuban tradition of box-pressing cigars, the 1964 Anniversary line was introduced as a box-pressed series. For the protection of our customers we have introduced measures to safeguard against counterfeiting with a specially designed double band featuring an individually numbered guarantee label. The Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series is consistently ranked by industry experts as one of the top brands in the world.
Now while a few people prefer the Padron Serie 1926 or Family Reserve line as a real special occasion cigar, the 1964 Anniversary provides a step up from a regular production everyday smoke. The typical price point puts it within the budget of most avid cigar smokers that truly want to enjoy something refined. Below is a list of their current regular limited productions 1964 Anniversary Cigars.
A “8 1/4 x 50″
Diplomatico “7 x 50″
Piramide “6 7/8 x 42 x 52″
Monarca “6 1/2 x 46″
Superior “6 1/2 x 42″
Torpedo “6 x 52″
Imperial “6 x 54″
Corona “6 x 42″
Exclusivo “5 1/2 x 50″
Principe “4 1/2 x 46″
Padron 1964 Anniversary Imperial
Size: 6 x 54
Vitola: Box Pressed Toro
Cigars Smoked: 2
Time In Humidor: 10 Weeks
Smoke time: 1hr 45min
Drink: Water, Glenlivet 18
Location: Tasty Tobacco Shop
Fairly dark wrapper for being considered a natural similar to dark chocolate with soft veins. The box pressed cigar has a wrapper with a nice sheen and a cap on it that is absolutely seamless. I could hardly detect where it ended on the cigar. The Imperial is solid in terms of construction without any holes or tears on the wrapper paired with a beautiful 1964 Anniversary band. Like the Family Reserve and Serie 1926s, these also come with a serial # to minimize counterfeiting.
I decided to go with a punch on both of the cigars and unfortunately, the heads on each of them cracked a decent amount. Now, the draws weren’t impacted in dramatic fashion but if one were to be little more haphazard with the punch, I can see how the experience might be affected. I’ve also noticed with with the other lines with Padron, so it behooves you to be more gentle when using a punch. The prelight draw was a bit on the tighter side which exactly why I went with a punch because Padrons tend to have a more loose draw from my experience. The burn was fairly even, a little crooked but not jagged. The draw on the first cigar was very good while the second cigar stayed a degree or two tighter. The 1964 Anniversary Imperial puts out a good volume of smoke and plenty on double draws. At times it was feathery and others, like a cloud. This cigar has a beautiful ash that is just almost pure white with a smooth texture and lasting over one inch. IMO, a very good sign of aging and construction of the cigar.
The wrapper on this cigar has a prelight aroma of aged tobacco and wood while the foot displays more complexity of cocoa, cinnamon, red pepper and cedar. The first few draws are filled with rich complex notes of dark chocolate, hay and black pepper which lingers for a while on the finish. The first third introduces the main profile of nuts, cedar, leather and black pepper. This cigar has a good amount of spice scattered in every draw and the overall texture is creamy with medium dominance of cedar. The complexity is above average and the strength is already a medium plus.
The next third continues with similar notes of nuts, leather, wood and black pepper. But I also notice cocoa coming through this section as well. The leather has hint of richness and the nuts has subtle sweetness. I noticed a cherry note that was more pronounced in the first cigar than the second but it certainly deserves a mention because it is distinct. The strength feels like it’s just a notch or two below a full and the body is sitting at a medium plus with good depth. Once again, the flavor profile doesn’t dramatically change for the last third as cocoa, leather, wood with bursts of red pepper are noticeable. Cocoa seems to have a deeper taste with cedar sitting in the background. The strength is easily full, body reaches full and the complexity is very good.
- Pre light construction of both cigars were very good. However, the heads both cracked when I tried punching them and I’m very gentle with the 7mm Punch. This problem is pervasive across the Padron cigar lines though the Padron Family Reserve 46 Years Maduro handled it much better than the natural version. From my experience, Padrons have a looser draw so I’ll continue to use a punch but try to be more cautious. Other than that, the burn was very good, ash was absolutely beautiful and the draw averaged out between the two cigars to be good.
- I always had an affinity towards Padron Maduros because they look rich and just delicious but the 1964 Anniversary has a fairly dark wrapper for being considered a natural. The 64 exudes just a flavorful appearance that begs to be smoked. And smoke it I did. The cuban style box press along with the simple box makes the appearance a classic.
- The flavors are complex and fairly well balanced. I think I prefer Padron Maduros because they tend to have a degree or two more of sweetness. However, the natural is very a solid cigar incorporating proper servings of leather, wood and pepper throughout while introducing cocoa in the last two thirds. I feel the cherry note is what makes the Padrons stand out and I wish it as noticeable in the second as it was in the first. The Padron Family Reserve 46 Years Maduro does an excellent job of displaying that flavor.
- At $18.00, is it worth it? I know the smaller vitolas will cost less and more affordable, but you certainly do get a cigar that smokes for quite a while. Anymore than 1hr 45min and you’ll be getting a cigar that will easily put you on your ass with the nicotine. I don’t smoke Padrons on a regular basis, and while this is a very good cigar, I’d be more apt to smoke the thousand series and choose a Family Reserve Maduro for a special occasion even though it would run $8 more. I also know many people that LOVE the Padron 1964 Anniversary so to each his own.
- If you’re interested in purchasing these, Tasty Tobacco Shop has them available.