Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 08 April 2013

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padronpadron family reserve no. 85 maduro

altThe two cigars we have on tap for today’s reviews are out of this world.  One is pricy, while the other is affordable.  Keep reading to see what the Padron Family Reserve No. 85 Maduro and the El Baton Belicoso have to offer.

Padron Family Reserve No. 85 Maduro

If you love cigars with great presentation, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something better than the Padron Family Reserve No. 85 Maduro.  The boxes of ten that ship with these cigars are beautiful, to say the least.  They also come with a lot of detail in terms of the information that they ship with and their overall decoration, making them a good collector’s piece.  This isn’t surprising, however, as this is one special cigar for the brand.  After all, it celebrates the 85th birthday of Jose Orlando Padron.  With this awesome presentation comes a premium though.  These are not cheap cigars, so there’s little room for error in my book.  Will the No. 85 Maduro live up to its high ratings and wonderful initial impression?  I sure hope it will, because I paid a pretty penny for this stick.

The Family Reserve No. 85 Maduro measures 5 1/4 x 50.  The box-pressed cigar is made up of Nicaraguan tobaccos that have been aged for ten years.  While it is listed at full-bodied in strength, the No. 85 Maduro is also said to be smooth and balanced.

It’s no exaggeration when I say that I love the look of the Family Reserve No. 85 Maduro from Padron.  The box-pressed shape is perfect, and the very dark and oily wrapper is gorgeous.  Only a few very small veins are visible.  Other than that, this is a cigar with perfect construction.  A pair of decorative bands sits near the head.  The top band features the Padron name and logo over a mostly gold and maroon color scheme.  The bottom band denotes the 85 years moniker over a color scheme that is gold and bright red.  The cigar feels very firm to the touch with zero soft spots.  Its pre-light aroma is sweet.  Its cold taste, on the other hand, is chocolaty.

As far as the Family Reserve No. 85 Maduro’s burn goes, it's as good as I could expect and presents zero negative issues.  The draw is excellent.  The ash is gray in color and stays solid for well over an inch.  The burn does not stray at all and remains even throughout the smoking experience.  No touch-ups or re-lights are needed.



0 # likeFiroz Rahman 2013-04-19 09:37
good cigar. I have got this for a long long time. Once I got a chance to have it.

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