They've smoked more than 1,000 test cigars, and now the Padrón family has selected a final blend and shape for its newest Padrón Family Reserve cigar. The Padrón Family Reserve No. 46 will be a dark corona gorda measuring 5 1/2 inches long by 56 ring gauge. The squared off, trunk-pressed smoke is being made with some of the Padrón's oldest tobaccos and will go on sale on September 8, the 46th anniversary of the founding of the company by José O. Padrón.
Last year's release, the longer but thinner Padrón Family Reserve No. 45 Maduro (it measures 6 by 52) was Cigar Aficionado's No. 1 Cigar of 2009.
The price of the No. 46 has yet to be determined, but expect it to be in the neighborhood of $25, the suggested retail price of the No. 45.
Padrón Cigars, which is headquartered in Miami, makes all of its cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua, at its Tabacos Cubanica factory.
To watch a video of Cigar Aficionado editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken smoking the 2009 Cigar of the Year with Jorge Padrón, click here.