Padron Family Reserve No. 85 Maduro

Padron Family Reserve No. 85 Maduro

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 1/4 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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Padron is known for commemorating significant family dates or events with the release of a limited production cigar blended from some of the family’s oldest bales of tobacco. The 85th birthday of Jose Orlando Padron brought a new cigar to the Family Reserve line dubbed the “85 Years.”

The 85 Years is one of the best presented cigars currently available. The diminutive box opens to reveal ten stunning box pressed robustos. Each of the cigars fit inside the box like a glove with the center cigar sitting squarely atop a red ribbon. Each dark chocolate wrapper is perfectly uniform in both color and texture. The hastily applied single cap that comes on all Padron cigars does not present a problem while cutting. Like every high end Padron cigar, the draw is perfect with just enough resistance to lend control.

Padron Family Reserve No. 85 Maduro

Sweet and earthy notes of espresso and dark chocolate linger on the palate atop a background of spices. The richness, balance, and smoothness of these dark flavors add a unique and profound depth to the cigar. Halfway through, the medium strength at the beginning of the cigar ramps up to full. The earthy character gains intensity as the once prominent espresso and chocolate drop into the background. Notes of orange peel and cedar begin to materialize. This is a fairly complex cigar.

Padron Family Reserve No. 85 Maduro

One of my favorite aspects of the higher end Padron cigars is their ability to deliver bold, rich flavors without attacking and overwhelming the palate with a sharp edge or out of balance flavor. The Padron 85 Years is no different in the way it presents itself; the harmonious medley of rich flavors drops upon the palate like a warm blanket. If you enjoy the flavors laid out in this review I would not hesitate to purchase a box. I did.

Appearance/Structure – 15/15
Smoking Characteristics – 24/25
Flavor – 23/25
Overall Impression – 33/35

Total - 95

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5 Comments on “Padron Family Reserve No. 85 Maduro”

  1. Amen to that, i wholeheartily agree on the flavors the family reserves seems to contain. Initially, my thoughts were how can these things top out my aging Padron ’26 and ’64′s (about two additional years).

    But they did, the taste and flavor profiles is richly intense at least to me they are.

    If you don’t have a box or haven’t tried one yet, go out and buy one if you can find them.

  2. TheMcG (via r/cigars) says:

    Those are the darkest wrappers I have ever seen!

    They look and sound amazing, but I doubt i will be purchasing any.

  3. Great review – you nailed this one. I just smoked a Padron 85th and loved it. One additional note: I noticed a savory flavor at the end of the cigar, coming right after the citrus. Perfect ending.

  4. I am a relative newcomer to the Cigar world. I have been trying many different brands, types and strengths since I started. Once I smoked this cigar I knew I had to have another.

    After I smoked it, I purchased another of my favored cigars to get a contrast and I gotta tell you this is the best Cigar I have had the pleasure to smoke.

    I have since bought out the stock at my local shop all smoked in house save for one I bought tonight to smoke at home this weekend.

    I must say, what a cigar. Its so smooth. The dark wrapper almost seems wet though its not. It seems so moist.
    Each one I have smoked has been a perfect experience. I have the box sitting on my desk with a lone cigar in it, waiting for the weekend. Oh what a fine time that will be.

  5. I’m trying to hold on to mine for my 65th birthday in early March. I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to wait that long.

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