|Family Reserve No. 85|
The company has always made cigars that are Nicaraguan puros, and all their cigars are available in either a Nicaraguan Sun-grown wrapper, or a Nicaraguan Maduro. Their Maduro wrapper is actually San Andres seed, that is predominately grown in Mexico, but in their case grown in Nicaragua. With all Padrón Cigars you are going to have cigars that are aged a minimum of four years, and in the case of the Family Reserve line, you will have tobacco that has been aged for ten years. They say that they sell cigars that are ready to be smoked, and I couldn't agree more. It was in 2008 that the Padrón Family had a small and limited release cigar, which would become their Padrón Family Reserve No. 44. Since then they have decided to release a cigar every year until they will have the Padrón Family Reserve No. 50. Limited to ten cigars a box, the cigars have been very popular and have done well with ratings. In February of 2010 Cigar Aficionado rated the Padrón Family Reserve No. 45 Maduro as the cigar of the year for 2009, and it definitely did deserve that rating. This years release, the Padrón Family Reserve No. 85, had a change in numbering from 47 to 85 because of José Orlando Padrón's birthday, and took on a size very similar to what we have seen already in their portfolio.
|Which to choose?|
The second I light up the cigar, I am immediately getting a nice amount of spice. There are some pleasant flavors in there, but not all those typical flavors you get with a Padrón Cigar. When I get further down into the first third it is smoking beautifully with a great burn, and a nice solid dark gray ash. I am still getting tons of spice in terms of flavors, and there is also a lot of cocoa, coffee, wood and jam berry notes. It is a very different cigar then what I typically get with their smokes, but still very enjoyable. I would say it is smoking around medium full in body, and very rich and enjoyable.
|Family Reserve No. 85 Maduro|
Once I start in on the final third of the cigar I am detecting the same flavors as in the second third. There is very little spice to the cigar, and in some ways it reminds me of some of Pepin's stuff in the fact that it started out spicy, but cooled down some. The wood flavors are really present in this third, and I am getting a good amount of oak and cedar. There are still lovely bits of coffee throughout, and there is a rise in rich earth/cocoa flavors again. I didn't pick up much jammy notes in this third and it was a steady medium in terms of strength. As a cigar it is sill smoking wonderfully and the draw is great. The burn line on the cigar is razor sharp, and the ash is still hanging on strong with this cigar. Smoking it down to the nub it is very cool, and I put it down with very little left.
|Beautiful to the eyes|