By David Savona / Cigar Aficionado Friday, October 20, 2006
Padrón Cigars Inc. is one of the less active cigar companies when it comes to releasing new products, so it's notable that the Miami-based company plans to offer several new sizes in the coming months, including a tribute size for brand patriarch Jose Orlando Padrón.
The first new release, a bigger, redesigned Padrón Cigar Sampler, should begin shipping in a few weeks. Instead of consisting of only one brand, this version will contain a total of eight cigars from the Anniversary, Serie 1926 and Padrón lines. Missing from the sampler will be the Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series "A," which will now be packaged on its own.
The biggest new release from Padrón will be the Padrón 80th Anniversary cigar, which is coming out to honor the 80th birthday of Jose Orlando Padrón, who founded the company in 1964. The cigars are being made now in Estelí, Nicaragua, and they are perfectos, the first the company has ever made. They measure 6 3/4 inches long by 52 ring. While they won't be on sale until next year, attendees of Cigar Aficionado's Big Smoke Las Vegas Saturday seminar next month will get a chance to be the first to taste it.
Jose Orlando Padrón holds a pair of unpressed Padrón 80th Anniversary cigars made today in Nicaragua.
<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>The Who What Why:
1964 Anniversary Series™ was introduced in 1994 to commemorate the company's 30th anniversary.
1926 Series™ was introduced in 2002 to commemorate Jose O. Padrón's 75th birhday.
1926 Series™ 40th Anniversary was introduced in 2004 to celebrate the company's 40th anniversary.
Millennium 1964 Series™ was introduced in 2000 to celebrate the Millennium. </span>
<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>The Padrón Band Questions</span>
<span style='color:blue'><span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>"Here's my understanding; Padrón originally had bands that said: 'Padrón 1964 Aniversario'. These came out in 1994 to celebrate Padrón's 30th anniversary as a cigar company.
They added José Padrón's signature to the back of the band in 1999, and were printing both "Anniversary" and "Anniversario" bands overlapping this time period.
The second band with a serial number on it was introduced in February of 2001.
So if you have a Padrón that has no second band, it is either pre-Feb 01, or it is fake. If there is no signature on the back, it is either pre-1999, or it is fake.
All of these various measures were taken because Padrón cigars had become so popular and sought-after that counterfeits were rampant." - Andrew 'Moki' Welch </span></span>
<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Here are some known fakes:</span>
The Genuine Article ( Left ).......................................................Counterfeit of Unknown Origin ( Right )
This counterfeit band is the right length and is properly cut. At a glance it seems real, but it's not. The coloring is inaccurate. The wings are a light orange-yellow instead of off-white, and the gold tone that should possess a slight luster looks yellow. On the centerpiece, this fake has a slightly lighter maroon tone than the darker, genuine article, and the scripted "Padrón" is hazy. On the back of the band (not shown), the diagonal "Jose O. Padrón" signatures are not crisp. <span style='font-size:8pt;line-height:100%'>Cigar Aficionado</span>
The Genuine Article ( Left ).......................................................Counterfeit Purchased in Nicaragua (Right)
This counterfeit is quite similar to the real band with regards to the printed words, especially the scripted "Padrón" in the center. Yet this counterfeit lacks the glitter of the gold coloring found in the genuine article. Also, the fine grayish lines that run horizontally from the centerpiece are blue and poorly printed, almost like they were printed from an old dot matrix printer. The brownish hue in the center is slightly more maroon than the darker shade of brown in the genuine band. On the back of the band -- not seen here -- the diagonal signatures of José O. Padrón match the erroneous maroon shade of the counterfeit centerpiece -- the signatures should be brown. <span style='font-size:8pt;line-height:100%'>Cigar Aficionado</span>
I heard that Padron is now producing more of the 1926 40th Humidors. I just got 2 of them and they are numbered 539 and 561. A dealer that I know, that claims to know the Padron Family, confirms that he heard this from Jose Orlando Padrón himself.
This is according to Padron "The serial numbers on bands are only used to authenticate against counterfeit. They have no cignificance for the date or place of production. The only way to verify production date is the piece of paper inside the box." Jessica said "It's an internal number". Meaning they will not say exactly what(if anything) it means.
I hope this helps.
Is there any information about PAM's bands numbers? I mean is there possibility to check when the cigar was made? If not than what does this number means?