May 24, 2022
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It’s an exciting issue of high scores and hot brands that includes two new huge Padróns, a Cuban Edición Limitada and a vertical brand tasting of the latest H. Upmann made in Nicaragua. The Family Reserve is the top-tier of Padrón’s portfolio of brands, and Padrón responded to the country’s appetite for thick cigars by adding two hefty 60-ring-gauge smokes called No. 95—one in natural wrapper and the other in maduro. See how they scored along with the Partagás Legado, the only Edición Limitada that Cuba released for 2020. Cigarmaker A.J. Fernandez creates yet another version of H. Upmann for Altadis U.S.A., only this time with a Brazilian wrapper. We rate every size in a vertical brand tasting. Plus, Cigar Insider revisits the Preferido Perfectos from La Aurora. Made in the Dominican Republic, these classically shaped double-tapered figurados come in glossy, color-coded tubos to indicate the different wrappers. A side-by-side tasting reveals the best performers in the group.