Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2013 | Score: 94
Cigars made by José Orlando Padrón, his sons Jorge and Orlando and the entire Padrón family are models of consistency, scoring in the 90s on a regular basis, and unfailingly at least one example has placed high on the annual Top 25 list. The family is the sole company in the cigar world to have won Cigar of the Year three times, and has never finished lower than fourth in our ranking, a testament to the care and patience they have used in making their cigars for close to 50 years.Most years the Padróns turn to some of their oldest tobaccos to make a new size in the Family Reserve blend. One of its most recent creations is the Padrón Family Reserve 85 Years, made in honor of company patriarch José Orlando’s 85th birthday in June 2011. They come in two varieties, natural and maduro. The naturals have wrappers the color of milk chocolate as well as the traditional and heavy Padrón box press.The Nicaraguan cigars are complex and earthy, with a touch of herbal flavors and a black cherry and black truffle note. They are rare, delicious smokes.