Robusto, 5.25 x 50
|Cigar age||0 yr. 1.6 mo.|
DESCRIPTION: 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. It have featured the Family Reserve No. 45, and No. 46 on the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast and have smoked most, if not all, of the Family Reserve and other special offering cigars from Padrón.
Padrón cigars have always fared well in Stogie Fresh reviews and it is a rare occasion when any Padrón cigar scores under 90 points on our rating scale. In fact, the 40th anniversary Serie 1926 Torpedo scored the highest score ever achieved at Stogie Fresh, a 96.5 on our 100-point scale. In 2010, the Padrón Serie 1926 Maduro No. 2 and the Family Reserve No. 45 were ranked number 1 and 2 on our annual Honor Roll of our favorite reviewed cigars in that year.
The Family Reserve line is made with some of the oldest tobaccos in the Padrón warehouses. For all intents and purposes, the new Family Reserve should be called the No. 47, but instead, they are calling it No. 85, to commemorate the 85th birthday of José Orlando Padrón, the man who created Padrón Cigars.
The Family Reserve line is made with some of the oldest tobaccos in the Padrón warehouses. The Nicaraguan puros, made at the Padrón factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.
The Family Reserve No. 85 comes in boxes of 10, with a suggested retail price of $20 per cigar. This week's featured No. 85 Family Reserve is a 5.25-inch by 50 ring gauge Robusto.
TASTING NOTES: One thing I always note about the Padrón experience is that it is great from the get go. It starts in prelight with a great look and feel and continues with the prelight draw. If there is anything like a certified perfect draw resistance, Padrón cigars have it. When I cut the cap off the cigar and took that first prelight draw, I knew this would be another in the long line of perfectly constructed cigars from Padrón.
The flavors were predictable, but no less perfect than the draw. Padrón has a triad of flavors that I have come to know and love. I call it the “terrific triad” and it includes dark roasted coffee or espresso beans, tobacco, and bittersweet chocolate. This is truly a terrific set of complementary flavors that is common in Padrón maduro cigars.
But this Family Reserve cigar has more to offer than a basic skill set. The tobacco is long aged and yet shows great promise. For example, the Padrón Series cigars are aged for 2.5 years prior to being rolled into cigars, while the 1964 anniversary series tobaccos have been aged for 4 years. The Serie 1926 cigar line uses tobacco that is aged for 5 years and 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 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 relatively old tobacco used in the Family Reserve still shows plenty of flavor and body. Add to that a good dose of pepper spice on the retrohale and you have a cigar that is medium-full in body, flavor and strength, across the board. I am always surprised at how much horsepower Padrón can milk out of their aged tobaccos. Of course, I don’t think on it too long… I just kick back and enjoy the ride.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Well, as you might have guessed, I love the Family Reserve No. 85 Robusto. It’s got a great base flavor and body profile and it is built for the cellar and should age gracefully for a good 4-5 years. That’s not half bad considering the already long age on the tobacco.
There is nothing not to like about the No. 85. This gorgeous stogie not only has the looks and pedigree, but also backs that up with great flavors, construction and burn. It’s got the whole package. However, for most people, unless you’ve got deep pockets, this cigar will likely be a special occasion smoke. I always have a twinge of buyer’s remorse when I spring for a few of these, let alone a box. Can $20 buy you happiness? No! But it can buy you 45-60 minutes of pure bliss.
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