Cigars of The Year 2015 No.5 - Padron Family Reserve 50 Years Natural
It seems the Padróns are always celebrating something. And when they decide to honor an occasion with a commemorative cigar, it’s always nothing short of excellent.
The Padrón Family Reserve 50 Years Natural marks the company’s 50th anniversary. Company patriarch José Orlando Padrón began selling fumas-style cigars for 25 cents apiece in Miami, and today he is one of the most respected names in the premium cigar industry. The list of accolades and critical acclaim is beyond impressive, as Padrón has proven itself to be not only a model of excellence, but of consistency. This is the 12th Top 25 list in Cigar Aficionado magazine’s history. A Padrón cigar has been named Cigar of the Year three times and has made the Top 10 list every year consecutively.
The Family Reserve began as a box-pressed torpedo only offered at cigar events where a Padrón family member was present. The line was eventually commercialized and now exists in a few sizes.
Astute Padrón fans might remember how the Padrón Family Reserve 50 Years made the 2014 list. Last year, it was the maduro version, but this year, the natural wrapper version of the 50 Years made our list.
These cigars have all the signature traits of a great Padrón: box pressing, perfect draw, plenty of body, and a hearty combination of earth, cocoa bean and coffee. Each note folds into the palate individually and then harmonizes for a sublime experience.