Padron Serie 1926 #9 cigars have been a fan favorite among premium cigar collectors and smokers since its release in 2002, and for good reason. Each piece of tobacco in both the longfiller core and its Nicaraguan Habano wrapper has been aged for 5-10 years for nothing but incredible high end flavor.
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.
I bought a box of the 1926 #9 naturals. It is one powerful cigar. The draw maybe slightly too easy but every other aspect of this cigar makes up for that. Initally, I was expecting more complexity but they are getting better and better with each day they lie in my humidor.
Bought a box to celebrate and boy what a let down. Awful burn and marginal taste. More work than pleasure. What a ripoff.