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Padron Family Reserve 85 Years Maduro Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, April 30, 2013
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Padron Family Reserve 85 Years Maduro Cigar Review

This 5.25×50 box pressed cigar features an almost black, thin fragile wrapper with a slight tooth, firm dry feel, minimal veins, tight seams, single cap and faint musty tobacco aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw with voluminous rich thick smoke output showing medium-full bodied flavors of a smooth, slightly musty sweet tobacco with a bit of pepper joining the long finish. The first third develops much the same, adding a sweet espresso to the draw while the finish remains long but takes on a lightness with a slight pepper zing and oily heat on the lips. Burn is ok, going a bit wonky on one side. 25 minutes in starting the 2nd third, the burn self-corrects, flavors are the same holding at medium-full while the strength ramps up nearly matching at a solid medium. Starting the last third 45 minutes in I had to give it a touchup, flavors remain consistent but still fairly complex and strength is still at a very tolerable medium. Ending at 1:10 the last bit shifted to a general nuttiness as the temp increased. Thank you very much to viewer Kevin Walsh for sending me this for review!

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  • garlar10

    Well I can’t wait to see the video for the padron 85 maduro. Looks like an amazing stick!

    • Andrew

      Just go over to his youtube page.

      • ryan b

        good idea, thanks

  • ryan b

    haha oops

  • AngSolo

    Darn it…

  • stevenknisley

    I believe this is the wrong video. haha

  • Jason Isbaner

    Good review, I just went to the utube page. I need to try a Padron every one looks good

  • pinot45

    Headed to Youtube.

  • sdh3237

    It is fixed now.

  • jablaze

    Good review, I def prefer the natural wrappers in the pardon lines, better burn and flavors for my taste. Bryan when you have to do a touch up could you try to show it and talk about what you are having to do rather than just explaining it after the fact. If not no prob, still love your reviews brother.

    • I have many times before in vids. You just light the un burned part for a second. That’s it, simple.

      • drewmcneice

        lol it took me a bit to get used to doing touch ups, at first I thought I had to do more than I ended up having to do

  • garlar10

    Really liked the review. Surprised CA gave this cigar such a high rating. I believe it was in the top 5 of 2012. Well wouldn’t be the first time you disagreed with them. Keep up the good work!

  • smokethis

    Nice review B. The natural version of this is just superb. IMO

  • TimB

    I really like the Padrons have not tried this one .Have to put this on the list.

  • stevenknisley

    Other Padrons sound better

  • Dylan

    Bryan you said something about maduros having a burn problem. I was unaware of this tendency… can you shed some light on to that for me? is that a personal thing or have I completely lost a boat about maduros?

    • samgiroux42

      Dylan –

      Bryan has mentioned it before is other videos why maduros have a tendency for burn problems. It is because the maduro leave is grown in direct sunlight and thus typically has a thicker leaf. This thicker leaf will burn less precise since there is more chance for inconsistencies with more of a wrapper to burn.

      I hope this helps.

      • Dylan

        /throws hands up in joy
        Thanks Sam (?).
        That makes a ton of sense. and I literally just watched his review of the 5 vegas gold maduro to compare what he thought to what I had thought and he mentioned this. remembered my comment and thought I’d check. thank you again for clarifying. Now I know.

  • 2dogdad

    Bryan, thanks for the great review. This will serve to help my future Padron choices! Paul.

  • Tommz81

    I was a little disappointed with this one as well. 45 yr is much better.

  • Texvet

    They can’t all be winners.

    • smokethis

      True! For what they charge they should be though lol.

  • yosef5

    Never have had a bad Padron.Thanks for this review

  • phaedron

    I can’t say I’m motivated to try this particular Padron, but I certainly do appreciate my 1926 and 1964 series sticks. I’m heading for Southwest Florida this weekend, and some of those Padrons will surely be in my travel humidor.

  • vscarpine

    I actually just had this cigar last week…I enjoyed but personally the pepper finish was a bit much for me

  • eric.hanson

    Hmmm, I have one of the family reserve 45s sittin in my humidor, I hope it has some more transitions than the 85 you reviewed here. I’m saving it for a nice night this summr when I don’t have to be to work in the morning and can just sit out on the porch smoke a nice cigar and watch the stars.

  • CigarStrawn

    Weird. You’d think the 85 year would have had a lot more transitions. The flavors sound good though.

  • dbfr181

    I’m a Padron fan. Great review. You would think the 85 year cigar would be a great one seemed mediocre. That being said I’d still give it a shot

  • ctigers15

    Nice review, I have been wanting to try a family reserve for awhile and from the review is sounds like they’re pretty good.

  • Christopher

    That’s a pretty prime stick to be sending in for review…good on ya Kevin Walsh!

  • curtpick

    Thanks again Bryan. I look forward to trying it even though in my opinion they are a bit over priced.

  • Craig

    After the problems you had with the previous cigar, you went straight for a Padron. Can’t say as I blame you! That would have probably been my choice as well.

  • rgmenke

    I need to try a natural. My last experience with a 64 maduro was disappointing. It may be sacrilege but Padron’s seem to be a little over hyped at the moment. Just a thought.

  • jpculp57

    Good review. The price on the reserves is generally double what I feel comfortable spending, but for special occasions they are tough to beat. Glad you reviewed this one because I’ve been debating on getting some. I have a 40 year that I’ve had for a while, saving for my 35th birthday in May. Can’t wait to smoke it.

  • MaxDuo

    I started to fall in love when you mentioned the sweet espresso taste…. started to feel a bit let down as it went on. I was worried about the early strength, but since it’s not a lot… it’s not too big of an issue.

    Wish it were a little more complex or had some transitions… but it still sounds like a nice cigar.

  • gumby_130

    I maybe wrong, don’t sound like its one of the top padron cigars.

  • Pokesfan

    Sounds like a great cigar. I just don’t spend the money on a Padron unless it’s really a a special occasion. Kind of pricey, but well worth it when it’s time to celebrate. Keep up the good work Bryan.

  • phillyb

    Another on my lengthening list of “try this”!

  • zzpop102

    This stick looks and sounds wonderful. Thank you.

  • Walshy

    Bryan thank you for reviewing this stick i sent in. I was very unimpressed with the 85 Maduro as well. I was totally expecting some more flavor transitions and profiles. I did not have the burn issues that this stick had though. It wasnt razor sharp but not as bad as this. Thanks again Brother.

  • rodknee

    I do agree that the maduro version of all the reserves, and any Padron for that matter, are nowhere near as good as the naturals but they are no slouches either…great review!

  • weimerad

    A great premium cigar.

  • cigarhobby85

    This sounds great. Wish the burn was better.

  • Romel

    Awesome stick. And about the oops, that happens to every one bro. Plus, you do so many reviews. But after all this time you rarely have one of these moments.

  • MorganGeo

    Hey gang, I’ve been wanting to try a Pardon. What should be the first one I should try to really appreciate the Pardon lines?

    • smokethis

      IMO. Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro or Natural. Delicious Smokes. Expensive but worth it for special times.

  • ipadave

    Would you ever do reviews of cigar and drink pairings?

  • Cliff

    Sounds great but I agree it is pricey.

  • Boucher207

    I wish i had a palate to distinguish flavors like yourself Bryan. All i can tell when i smoke cigars is whether or not i like them haha

    • Derek

      Try watching one of Bryan’s videos while smoking that exact cigar. I was the same way and now I pick up on a lot more.

  • Daniel.A

    i wanna give this one a shot. i like maduros

  • Dirk

    I too had great expectations for this stick. The burn for me was very uneven, taking three corrections. The flavors were good, I don’t expect to be the super-taster Byran is. Thanks for the review I always like to compare.. spot on as usual.

  • Chaz

    Sounds good- but a surprisingly simple profile for such a high end padron. Won’t be knocking myself out to try this one. Great review!

  • david121

    Another great sounding Padron. Thanks for the review Bryan!

  • drewmcneice

    This looks great for me, I actually like a cigar that’s consistent, it doesn’t distract me from chatting with my buds 🙂

  • Camshaft83

    Really need to forget about the cost of a padron and just go buy me one already but I keep finding other great smokes on sale instead lol. One of these days.

  • mufdvr6976

    sounds good but too iffy for the money… had a 64 before, but pretty pricey

  • wcfennell

    Just picked one of these babies up, I can’t wait to sit down and smoke it. It’ll be my first family reserve.

  • EzyE77

    I have watched 3 Padron reviews. In other reviews Bryan always comments how Padrons transition. The 3 I watched the Padrons did no such thing. consistent seems to be the word he uses. Not complex. No transitions.

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