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Best of the Best 2012: Cigars: Padrón Family Reserve No. 85

Richard Carleton Hacker

This is not the first time Padrón cigars have been honored with a Best of the Best accolade, and we suspect it will not be the last. With the well-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos grown on the family’s farms and the superb construction of its cigars, Padrón is the embodiment of success repeating itself. The company’s Family Reserve series, for example, was created to commemorate family dates or events, and now the Padrón Family Reserve No. 85 (www.padron.com, $20 each or $200 per box of 10) serves as a tribute to patriarch José Padrón’s 85th birthday. Like all cigars in the Family Reserve series, No. 85 is composed of tobaccos aged for a minimum of 10 years. Available in natural or maduro wrappers, the sharply box-pressed 50 x 5¼ cigar is a rich, meaty smoke—one of the strongest the family has produced. As such, it is a fitting tribute to the man who started it all, 48 years ago.

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