The best-tasting cigar in the world last year was rolled in the Padron factory in Esteli in northern Nicaragua, according to the most recent rankings from Cigar Aficionado magazine.
The magazine named the Padron Serie 1926 No. 9 the best smoke in 2007 in its most recent top-25 cigar ranking.
The cigar is rolled under the supervision of Jose Orlando Padron, who started making cigars for fellow Cuban emigres in Miami after fleeing his native Cuba. The Miami stogie guru began growing tobacco in Nicaragua in the 1960s when he couldn't find the blend he was looking for in the United States, says Padron spokesman Cesar Gadea.
"It's the blend, the construction, quality control. That's what it is. There are a lot of other companies (in Nicaragua ) that make Cuban cigars, but we're still the only one that has been chosen for the No. 1 cigar," Gadea said in a phone interview from the family-run company's Miami office.
The Padrons have never finished out of the top three in Cigar Aficionado's Top 25 tastings, and this is the second time one of their cigars has been named the No. 1 cigar of the year.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Source: Tico Times, Costa Rica