Toro, 6 x 52
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BACKGROUND: In 1964, José Orlando Padrón formed the cigar company that bears his name. Padrón was born in Cuba and came to the United States in the early 1960s with nothing more than a few hundred dollars in his pocket and a burning desire to create his own cigar business. Initially, Padrón worked as a landscaper and a carpenter and used the money he saved to form a small cigar company. According to Padrón, he managed to scrape together $600 and rented a tiny space to make his first cigars. When he arrived in Miami, the only cigars he could find were from the Philippines. So, he decided that he would build a cigar factory in Miami to make the same kind of cigars that he enjoyed in Cuba.
In 2009, after reaching 45 years in business, the Padrón family released the Padrón Family Reserve No. 45, a box-pressed cigar made from very old Nicaraguan tobaccos.
The cigars are made in very limited quantities and shipped at various times throughout the year. The Family Reserve line is an extension of the 1926 Series, but the tobacco inside has been aged for 10 years. Today I am reviewing the 6-inch by 52 ring gauge Padron Family Reserve No. 45 Toro.
TASTING NOTES: First off, let me just say that it’s a real wonder that Padrón can get this much fullness of flavor out of tobacco that is 10-years old. This cigar has some real punch from the get go. I’m not saying this is a strong cigar, but it is a flavorful one. In other words, it doesn’t give you that “makes-you-woozy-and-have-to-sit-down” effect, but there is a major impact on the palate.
I noted dark roasted coffee, Baker’s cocoa and smoky mesquite wood. There was also an aged character to the smoke that reminded me of aged rum. Retrohaling really brings out the cocoa and chocolate notes along with black pepper spice.
The draw was smooth, but perhaps a bit too loose for my liking. I did notice a small tunnel dead center in the filler after I tapped off for the first time.
Overall, this cigar exudes complexity and finesse and is basically a lip-smacking good smoke.
FINAL THOUGHTS: The Family Reserve No 45 is a well-crafted, complex cigar with rich earthy flavors and plenty of natural tobacco sweetness. For me, it has the perfect flavor profile and would be on the short list for my “deserted island” picks.
That said, this is a different batch of cigars than those I had back in 2009. Yes, the tobacco is still 10-year aged, but each batch brings with it a new crop or crops of tobacco and therefore will provide a slightly different smoking experience.
At over $20 per stick, the Family Reserve No. 45 will likely be beyond the means and the will, frankly, of many cigar smokers. At that price, it may be difficult to justify that kind of expenditure in a time where there are so many great cigars in the marketplace.
Final verdict: If you can easily afford it, by a couple and treat yourself to a superb smoke. If not, don’t forget that Padrón makes a whole host of other great maduro smokes that you can find at very reasonable prices.
These cigars are being stored in their original box of 10 inside my retrofitted wine cooler humidor. There is an active humidifier that is set for 68%RH. The humidor is in a closet along an inside wall of my home. As a result, the temperature and humidity are stable.
This is the first of two reviews on this batch of cigars that have been resting for 4 months.
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