Robusto, 5.25 x 50
|Cigar age||1 yr. 2.4 mo.|
BACKGROUND: This review features the Padrón Family Reserve No. 85. These cigars have been resting in my humidor for a total of 1 year, 2 months and 11 days and I pulled out my last samples for this review.
Each year in September, Padrón Cigars Inc. releases a new version of its Padrón Family Blend cigar to commemorate another year of the company's existence. The Family Reserve No. 85 commemorates the 85th birthday of José Orlando Padrón, the man who created Padrón Cigars.
The Family Reserve is made with some of the company’s oldest tobaccos, some of which are ten years old. But it’s not just the age alone that makes these cigars great, but it is also the quality of the tobacco. The age is just one distinguishing factor with the other being the selection of the finest tobacco leaves from the considerable collection of the Padrón Company. As a result, the tobacco is truly age-worthy and capable of standing up to the test of time.
The Family Reserve comes in boxes of 10, with a suggested retail price of $20 per cigar. The No. 85 is a 5.25-inch by 50 ring gauge Robusto.
TASTING NOTES: Padrón maduro cigars exhibit a consistent flavor profile that runs across almost all of its cigar lines. I call it the “terrific triad” and it includes dark roasted coffee (or espresso beans), tobacco, and bittersweet chocolate (or baker’s cocoa). This is truly a terrific set of complementary flavors. Though the flavors are predictable, I never complain much, they’re just too good.
So, as expected the cigar started with cocoa, coffee and various earthy undertones, including tobacco. Retrohaling this beast sent a snoutfull of black pepper spice rifling through my nostrils.
Also as expected, the construction was stellar. The burn line was thin and even. The spackle-white ash was firm and consistent. And the draw was smooth and allowed plenty of rich, heavy smoke to pass through the barrel of the cigar. Just rock solid construction and burn.
An extra year of age hasn’t diminished the flavor and body profile. The No. 85 Robusto weighed in at medium-full in body, flavor and strength. In fact, I see no reason why this cigar won’t age another 5 years or longer.
FINAL THOUGHTS: During the second half, the flavors became more concentrated and there was a long, earthy finish. The dark chocolate and dark roast coffee notes persisted until the very end.
This is truly a great smoke and one to savor with a dark craft beer, an aged rum, or fine bourbon. This would be a standout in any cigar lineup and I give it my highest recommendation. In case you haven’t figured it out, I love the Padrón No. 85...
Final verdict: Buy and hold, and smoke on special occasions.
These cigars have been kept in their original box inside my converted wine cooler cabinet humidor. The temperature is stable and in the mid to upper 60's, due to the fact that the humidor is located in my closet along an inner wall of my home. The humidity is also stable with ranges between 65-70%RH. The humidor uses an Oasis XL Plus active humidifier.
This is the second and final review of these cigars, which have been aging a total of 1 year, 2 months and 11 days.
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