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Cigar Review: Padrón Family Reserve No. 50 Maduro

11 Sep 2014

The cigar industry loves to celebrate anniversaries. This year there are at least three notable benchmarks, each with a celebratory cigar (or four).Padron-FR-No-50-Mad-sq

Padron-FR-No-50-MaduroE.P. Carrillo is celebrating its fifth year. La Flor Dominicana is celebrating twenty years since Litto Gomez started his cigar venture in 1994. But the most anticipated anniversary in 2014 is that of Padrón’s 50th year. In an industry that puts out limited release cigars for virtually any reason, that’s something worth celebrating. And celebrate Padrón did with two cigars and four blends.

In December, the uber-extravagent “The Hammer” will hit stores. That special cigar comes in humidors of 50 individually numbered cigars (either Maduro or Natural) and will sell for over $4,500. (Yes, that’s nearly $100 a cigar.) Buying one of the only 1,000 handsome humidors entitles the owner of it to purchase refills.

The less-expensive (though hardly inexpensive, with a MSRP of $25 each) is the Family Reserve No. 50, an extension of the Family Reserve line that started five years ago with the No. 45. Boxes of ten are available with either Maduro or Natural wrappers.

Today I turn to the maduro version of the No. 50, which is a box-pressed parejo measuring 5 inches long with a ring gauge of 54. This is a Nicaraguan puro, like all Padrón cigars, and the wrapper is a gorgeous, oily, deep-brown color. (There are rumors Padrón uses maduro wrappers grown in Mexico, but I’ve never seen proof.)

The pre-light draw features cedar and chocolate. Once lit, it’s a rich combination of earth and dry chocolate with notes of oak and molasses, and the tiniest bit of pepper spice. Not a ton of variation as the cigar progresses. The powdery, thick smoke creates a finish that lingers.

It’s a model of restrained strength with full flavors. And construction is flawless. The cigar is firm to the touch, the draw has the ideal amount of resistance, and the ash holds for as long as I dared to test it.

So what’s not to like? Really just the price. A $25 cigar should be excellent, and this hits the mark. Is it much better than the 1926 series? Probably not, but it’s at least a slight step up. Really, the cost is the only thing that would give me pause about buying more.

Still, it’s pure Padrón and an all-around standout cigar. It’s easy to give the Padrón Family Reserve No. 50 Maduro the outstanding rating of four and a half stogies out of five.

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here.]

Patrick S

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6 Responses to “Cigar Review: Padrón Family Reserve No. 50 Maduro”

  1. Reggie Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    Are the Family Reserve No. 50s (either natural or maduro) readily available, or are these ultra-exclusive as well as expensive?

    • @stogieguys Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 8:57 am #

      It will have limited availability, but I don't think Padron has said we will only be making ## No. 50 cigars, in the way that they are limited "the Hammer". That said, at least the first shipment seems to be selling out quiclly, especially of the Maduro.

      Two site sponsors had this cigar in stock, but have since sold out. I don't know if or when they might get more. (Both have the natural in stock, but are out of the maduro):

      Emerson's Cigars::
      Smoke Inn :

  2. Trent Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    Sounds good but considering the price, I'll stick with the Padron 1964 or 1926.

    • Wayne C Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 9:17 am #


  3. Peter Brown Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 2:10 am #

    The cigar burned exceptionally well with a razor-sharp burn line and this cigar burned from start to finish with a solid white ash.

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