Cigar Aficionado

Padrón Family Reserve No. 44 Natural
No. 44 Natural
95
points
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
52 52
Medium-Full
Medium-Full
Tasting Note
Is it any surprise to see a Padrón cigar in the top five position of Cigar Aficionado's Top 25? The company's cigars have been named Cigar of the Year a record three times, and have always appeared on the upper echelons of the list—and why shouldn't they? Padróns are loaded with aged Nicaraguan tobacco full of flavor, aroma and resonance. Take for example this Padrón Family Reserve No. 44, the first in the series of Family Reserve cigars. When it was created in 2007, it was only available at select Padrón events where a family member was present (hence the name of the brand). There was obviously something special about the cigar. Eventually, the Padróns decided to release the blend commercially, albeit in very limited quantities and at quite a high retail price. The number 44 represents the company's 44th year in business, which it celebrated in 2008. Padrón cigars tend to have a few signature gustatory qualities, like chocolate, coffee and nuts. The Family Reserve No. 44 is no different. Its tapered torpedo head concentrates and magnifies these flavor elements, all of which are dynamic and refined, but also rich without being too heavy or overpowering. Great cigars are a hallmark of this family-owned cigar company, but so is consistency. Chances are, the first cigar you light up from a box of Padróns—any box—will be just as fantastic as the last.
Body Medium-Full
Size Figurado
Ring Gauge 52
Length 6"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Nicaragua
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2019
Price $31.30
Designation Top 25 of 2018 | Rank: 4
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Insider: Nov 06, 2018 | Score: 93

The lush draw of this tan, box-pressed torpedo delivers complex intonations of coffee, cocoa bean and slivered almonds around a bold, woody core. A delicious cigar.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2011 | Score: 95

A pressed torpedo whose lush draw layers the palate with spices, wood and a profound nuttiness that combines with floral notes for a very complex and flavorful finish

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 09, 2010 | Score: 92

This box-pressed torpedo has an excellent draw and burn, imparting a balance of savory, meaty notes, nutty flavor, and sweet cocoa and vanilla impressions.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale