Photo Gallery: A Look Back—José Orlando Padrón Turns 90 Years Old
José Orlando Padrón is one of the cigar world’s greatest talents, with more than 50 years of cigarmaking experience and a tobacco education that began as a young boy growing up in western Cuba.
In June, Padrón will turn 90, and Cigar Aficionado sat down with him for an extensive interview that appears in our June issue. This photo gallery shows Padrón through the years, growing tobacco, making cigars and spending time with his family.
To read the interview, see the June Cigar Aficionado, on newsstands everywhere beginning May 3.
José Orlando Padrón and Roberto Martinez inspect the first tobacco imported from Nicaragua into the U.S., July 1967.
Paying for his first shipment of Nicaraguan tobacco in 1967.
Padrón and his wife, Flory, celebrate the eighth anniversary of Padrón Cigars in 1972.
Inspecting Nicaraguan tobacco hanging in a curing barn in Condega in 1976.