Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2015 | Score: 94
Fifty years ago this past September, José Orlando Padrón opened his doors in Miami and began selling cigars marked with his name. It was the most modest of ventures: one cigar roller, cigars that cost 25 cents apiece, and a future that was very far from certain. After a rough start, he listened to a customer who yearned for a fuma, the pig-tailed cigar type that Cuban rollers smoked. He changed his product and packaging and gave the customer the new cigar. Suddenly, he had a hit on his hands.Padróns have come a long way from those fuma days, and the company commemorated 50 years in business as the most decorated cigarmaker on the planet. Three times Padróns have been named Cigar of the Year, and throughout the 10-year history of the award not only have they never failed to make the list, they have never finished outside of the top 10.This Padrón Family Reserve 50 Years Maduro is beautifully pressed, and it is steeped in notes of rich earth, coffee and that trademark cocoa bean quality. The cigar comes in boxes. Another, larger, far more limited cigar presented in a commemorative humidor, was due to be released as this issue went to press.To celebrate 50 years, the Padróns decided that one cigar was simply not enough.