Padron is one of the most revered names in the cigar industry, known for creating elegant and complex blends across the range of cigars they produce. From their x000 series to the Anniversario 1926 and 1964, you can always count on a wonderful smoking experience when puffing on a Padron. They also release special addition cigars to celebrate Jose Orlando Padron’s birthdays and in the case of today’s review, company milestones. The Padron Family Reserve 46 Years was created in 2010 to celebrate 46 years in the cigar business. The company was originally founded in 1964 after Jose Orlando left Cuba years before because of the Cuban Revolution and the Castro regime. In that time, Padron has produced numerous highly rated blends and you can bet the 46 Years is just as good as any. Coming in just 1 size, a 5 1/2 x 56 parejo, there are 2 variations of this cigar, a maduro wrapped version and a natural version. You can purchase these and many more Padron cigars from Cigar King by clicking here.
Size: 5 1/2 x 56 Parejo
Price: $25.95/stick or $259.00/box of 10
Appearance: The soft box press is a signature Padron look and is no different on this Family Reserve 46 Years. The wrapper is a light cocoa brown color with some minimal veining and is spongy from top to bottom. There are two bands on the cigar, one is the Family Reserve 1964 Padron band with the serial number for the cigar printed on it. The other is the secondary band denoting this as the 46 Years. The color scheme is a maroon with the Padron logo in gold embossing for the main band while the secondary band is gold with a maroon border and black print.
Pre-Light Aroma: The foot of the Padron Family Reserve 46 Years smells heavily of cedar with a slight sweetness in the background. The wrapper is scentless, I can’t pick up any type of aroma from it at all. The dry-draw is open and easy, a hallmark of all Padron cigars, with some interesting sweetness left on the lips that I can’t identify. The palate is left with a heavy cedar flavor with some slight spice at the back of the throat. Even at a large 56 ring gauge, this cigar doesn’t feel as large in the mouth, something I have found in the past with box pressed cigars. The box pressed shape seems to make them feel smaller than the ring gauge really is.
The start of the cigar is just as I expected from the pre-light aroma, cedar heavy on the palate and through the nose. The smoke is plentiful with each puff and fills your taste buds with a delicious smokiness that I don’t often find on cigars. The smoke is as smooth as velvet as it rolls of the tongue and through the nose, lighting up the taste buds with big flavor. The Padron Family Reserve 46 Years is a solid medium bodied at the start but by the end of the first third it has crept into the medium-full range and seems to keep building on that. The burn line is as perfect as you can ask for and the ash is a stark white color that holds strong for just under an inch.
Into the middle third and a slight spice has come into play along with a nice smooth nuttiness. The spice is more of a palate taste with almost none of it coming through the nose, though the nuttiness is very apparent on the retrohale. The strength has crept into the full territory though it has retained the smooth characteristic from the initial third. Using 10 year or more aged tobacco’s definitely shows on this beauty between how the flavors come together so nicely and how smooth the smoke is. The creaminess left on the palate between puffs is also of note, just a delightful flavor that lingers for quite some time.
The final third takes on a considerably sweeter tone with notes of cocoa and sweet baking spice taking over the palate. The strength fell back into the medium-full category, not quite as strong as the middle third. The Padron Family Reserve 46 Years carries such a smooth experience it is tough to notice how much punch it has. The ash carried strong for around an inch before I tapped it off each time and the burn line was always straight and on point. The draw stayed open throughout providing ample amounts of flavorful and thick smoke as well. This is the epitome of what Padron is all about in my opinion, big flavor backed by complex and balanced smoke from start to finish.