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Q&A: An Interview With Jorge Padrón

The president of Padrón Cigars Inc. speaks about his Nicaraguan cigar brand.
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
Gen. Tommy Franks, Nov/Dec 03

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Q: Tell us about your newest creation, the Padrón Serie 1926.

A: The idea behind the 1926 was, first of all, to celebrate my dad's 75th birthday. It's the third—not counting the Padrón Millennium, which was a one-time production of 100,000 cigars—it's the third line that we've ever developed. So we just don't come out with products for the sake of putting new products on the marketplace. We've been a very conservative company in terms of how we produce new products, and only doing it when we felt that we could really make something that we felt could be different. We wanted to create something that was more full-bodied than we had with the Anniversary, but at the same time that was balanced, which we felt would be the biggest challenge—not just to make a strong cigar, but to make it complex and balanced at the same time. Last year was the first year that they came out, and we've only put out 20,000 cigars. And that was in six months. This year we hope we can keep the same pace and make 40,000. But there are no goals here as far as quantities—the important thing is that they come out the way they should.


Q: It's more full-bodied; is there anything else that sets it aside from the Anniversary?

A: The tobacco is aged for five years, as opposed to the Anniversary, which is aged for four. And on the Padrón, two and a half years.


Q: Some people age their cigars after they make them, but you don't do that.

A: No.


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