I have smoked many different brands, series and sizes. I have been disappointed by most so called ultra premium cigars. In my humble opinion very few Gurkhas, for example, stand above a regular Montecristo, Punch or Macanudo though they are extremely high priced. The Padron Serie 1926 #9 along with Davidoff Millenium and Opus X are each unique and full flavored without being harsh. Smooth blends that are a real treat to smoke, they are worth setting aside for a special occasion when you have the time to thoroughly enjoy them and maybe treat someone who loves a great cigar. I'm not great at breaking down all the nuances of flavor but I love the richness of what seems like expresso and almonds to me. The burn and draw are close to perfect. The strength was satisfying without being overpowering, just a great smoke.