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Best of the Best 2013: Cigars: Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series No. 4

  • Richard Carleton Hacker

The number 4 turns up again and again in Padrón family history. December 4, 1961, was the day the patriarch José Orlando Padrón came to America from his native Cuba. He started his cigar business in 1964, and December 4 is the birth date of Saint Barbara, to whom Padrón prayed for help in escaping Cuba and coming to the United States. Now this numerological fascination finds new form in the Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series No. 4 (www.padron​.com, $20). This latest addition to the family’s coveted Anniversary series contains only tobaccos aged a minimum of four years, and the all-Nicaraguan 6½ × 60 No. 4 is the largest in the line. Its greater ring size accentuates the characteristically rich chocolate undertone and gives the cigar even greater depth, making the number 4 as lucky for aficionados as it is for the Padróns.