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#nowsmoking: Padron 1964 Anniversary Imperial

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Padron 1964 Anniversary Cigar Review – Imperial (Toro)

Factory: Tabacalera Padròn – Estelí, Nicaragua
Size: 6″ x 54, box-pressed
Strength: Medium – Full
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder/Filler: Nicaraguan Estate Grown


#nowsmoking Padron 1964 Anniversary cigar review at Famous Smoke Shop

Where It’s At

First, give me the back story. . .

It was in 1994, just as the Boom was hitting its stride, that Padròn released its 1964 Anniversary Series, a tribute to their 30 years in business. The cigars were blended with the family’s most prized tobaccos, and sharply box-pressed with the buttery wrappers that shimmered with oily enticement. The selection hit it out of the park among consumers and the company eventually had to place serial numbered bands on the Anniversary selections, due to counterfeiting. Yes, they were THAT hot. Since their debut, these iconic cigars have consistently been listed among the annual best cigars of the year lists. Moreover, the Imperial reviewed here earned an “Outstanding” 93 rating in an April 2017 issue of Cigar Insider.

#nowsmoking Padron 1964 Anniversary cigar review closeup
#nowsmoking @famoussmokeshop: The Padròn 1964 Anniversary Imperial Natural offers an elegant, medium-full smoke sustained by creamy notes of leather, cedar, coffee, cocoa, and sweet spices.

When it was released, the Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Imperial was the widest cigar in the line at a 54-ring. (Currently, the Padron 1964 Anniversary No.4, released in 2012, is the widest cigar at 6½ x 60.) All of the cigars in the line are Nicaraguan puros, and the details of blend have always been a family secret. Consistent in quality and character across the board, one thing is certain: the Padròn 1964 Anniversary Series cigars continue to be among the most sought-after selections by cigar smokers worldwide.

Let’s talk construction. How well is it made?

As good as it gets. The cigar is solidly packed, boasts a sharp-cornered trunk-pressing, and is comfortable to hold. The natural Habano wrapper is smooth, a little silky, even in color, and finished with a seamless cap.

So, how does it smoke?

#nowsmoking Padron 1964 Anniversary cigar review Imperial by Gary Korb

The pre-light draw offers a mostly leather and cocoa. Once lit, there’s still a slight note of leather followed by a wake-up call of pepper that doesn’t stick around very long. Once the cigar rounds-out, which is fairly quickly, you’re shrouded in a smoky fog. In the meantime, caramelized flavors of leather, cedar, sweet spice, and Padròn’s “signature” coffee & cocoa bean are revealed.

The cigar also burns well, exposing long, firm ashes, and a sweet-spicy aroma, while the body and flavors are well-balanced and consistent throughout. Even in the final inches, they remain true and bitter-free.

What are the primary flavor notes?

#nowsmoking Padron 1964 Anniversary cigar review Imperial by Gary Korb and John Pullo

Leather, cedar, sweet spice, coffee bean, and cocoa. Retrohales were smooth and imparted some additional cedar notes. The finish is long, leaving some cedar, cocoa, and mocha on the palate.

So, is it complex?

The Padròn 1964 Imperial was born complex. Once it gets going it pretty much sticks to the script. It’s one of those great cigars that simply does what it does – rewards you with every pull.

What drinks can I pair with it?

#nowsmoking Padron 1964 Anniversary cigar review Imperial by John Pullo

Although many cigar smokers who enjoy the Padròn 1964 Anniversary cigars tend to favor single malt scotches, John was pretty insistent on espresso. I can see the Imperial pairing nicely with either; maybe even a cappuccino. For those who prefer mixed drinks, I’ll toss-in a Daiquiri or an Old Cuban.

(For more cigar pairing ideas, see our cigar pairing guide.)

Tell me who this cigar is for. 

Everybody. OK, at almost $17 it’s not a cheapie, but put that aside. This is one cigar that’s worth the investment, even if you just save it for a special occasion. The smoke is rich and complex enough for aficionados, and so luscious, even newer smokers will find it exquisite.

Bottom line: Is it humidor worthy?

Definitely. File under “timeless classic.” There are just some cigars no cigar humidor should be without. (For an even sweeter experience, try the 1964 Anniversary Imperial Maduro.)


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Rich Backs
3 years ago

My favorite in the line is the Belicoso! Absolutely the best cigar I’ve tasted in over 25 years smoking premium cigars!

2 years ago
Reply to  Rich Backs

too rich for my 87 year old blood: but i’LL LOOK for someone smoking one and breath in his smoke!

Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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