Size: 5 1/4 x 50
Padron is known for commemorating significant family dates or events with the release of a limited production cigar blended from some of the family’s oldest bales of tobacco. The 85th birthday of Jose Orlando Padron brought a new cigar to the Family Reserve line dubbed the “85 Years.”
The 85 Years is one of the best presented cigars currently available. The diminutive box opens to reveal ten stunning box pressed robustos. Each of the cigars fit inside the box like a glove with the center cigar sitting squarely atop a red ribbon. Each dark chocolate wrapper is perfectly uniform in both color and texture. The hastily applied single cap that comes on all Padron cigars does not present a problem while cutting. Like every high end Padron cigar, the draw is perfect with just enough resistance to lend control.
Sweet and earthy notes of espresso and dark chocolate linger on the palate atop a background of spices. The richness, balance, and smoothness of these dark flavors add a unique and profound depth to the cigar. Halfway through, the medium strength at the beginning of the cigar ramps up to full. The earthy character gains intensity as the once prominent espresso and chocolate drop into the background. Notes of orange peel and cedar begin to materialize. This is a fairly complex cigar.
One of my favorite aspects of the higher end Padron cigars is their ability to deliver bold, rich flavors without attacking and overwhelming the palate with a sharp edge or out of balance flavor. The Padron 85 Years is no different in the way it presents itself; the harmonious medley of rich flavors drops upon the palate like a warm blanket. If you enjoy the flavors laid out in this review I would not hesitate to purchase a box. I did.
Appearance/Structure – 15/15
Smoking Characteristics – 24/25
Flavor – 23/25
Overall Impression – 33/35
Total - 95
The other reviews for the Family Reserve 85 Years Maduro more or less fall into the "more of the same" category- a common theme is how they're a somewhat "typical" Padron. All the reviewers liked it, and say it provides value for its hefty price, but each of them pointed out it wasn't their absolute favorite Padron.
In this review Halfwheel.com loved it, but like the reviews at SethsHumidor.com and CigarCoop.com they would rather have a Family Reserve No. 45. But hey, they all also agree it was better than the No. 46!
CigarCoop.com also did a review of the Family Reserve 85 Natural: He considers it a little less worthy of praise than the No. 85 Maduro, and recommends it more for Padron enthusiasts. See the full review on the page for the Padron Family Reserve No. 85 Natural also.