Padrón’s most expensive U.S. release cigar is heading to New York next month for its debut. The Padrón 1926 Serie TP40 has been commissioned for Long Island’s Tobacco Plaza in honor of Marshall Holman’s, one of the store’s owners, 40th year in the cigar business.  The 6 1/4 x 60 Maduro-wrapped cigar will be released at a private dinner with Jorge Padrón on April 17, 2013.

At $35.00 per cigar, the TP40 slightly edges out the Padrón 1926 80th Anniversary as the most expensive cigar sold in the U.S. by the company. However, the box price pales in comparison to Padrón’s Millennium release and the Padrón J.J. Fox 225, made for the British retailer’s 225th anniversary last year, carried a higher price at the single level. Only 218 boxes of 10 cigars are being produced. The number is significant as Tobacco Plaza is located at 218 Lakeville Road.
Last year, Padrón introduced the 6 1/4 x 60 size as the 1964 Anniversary No. 4, a follow-up to the 2011 release of the Padrón 1964 SI-15, made for Florida’s Smoke Inn.
This is the second single release of 2013 for Padrón with the Padrón W. Curtis Draper 125th Anniversary being released in January for the Washington D.C.-based store. In addition, this is the second release of cigars made to honor Tobacco Plaza’s 40th anniversary. Last year, the Tatuaje Tobacco Plaza DD was introduced in honor of one of the store’s other owners, Danny Ditkowich.
Details for the dinner are available on Tobacco Plaza’s website. The store said it will begin selling the remaining boxes on April 18, 2013.
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Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.