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Cigar circle has a phrase called – ‘special cigar.’ Although conceptually I don’t subscribe to this philosophy, once in a blue moon I will reach for a cigar that has been aging for months or years to mark a specific day or an event in my life. That event occurred few days ago. My 10month old son, who brought so much happiness to my life, looked at my eyes and spontaneously pronounced ‘ta-ta’ (* daddy in our household). My heart melted and eyes began to water. That was indeed a special moment. I had something else lined up to be photographed and smoked but I decided to mark that day with something ‘rare’, hence Padrón Family Reserve 46 Years Maduro.

Visually, Padrón cigars, especially Anniversary series, are close to perfection. I have yet to smoke Padrón which had a bad construction or burned incorrectly. This sample wasn’t any different. Flawlessly applied toothy wrapper with well blended seams. Standard Padrón band and red/gold rich 46 Years band add tons of elegance to already perfect cigar. Although my favorite vitola size ranges from lancero to corona gorda, I have to say that this 56″ Padrón format didn’t cause an adverse experience. In flavor department, Padrón is an example of well balanced experience. Cigar presented just the right amount of spice without tasting like a ‘typical’ nicaraguan spice bomb. Mixed between was delicious cocoa and chocolate with rounded sweetness. Woodiness and leathery taste were present as well, especially in second and third part of the cigar. I usually don’t talk about mouth dryness but I have to point out that Padrón Family Reserve 46 Years Maduro caused an excessive salivation. Is it good or bad ? You be the judge :)

Overall, great experience with another Padrón. I’m thrilled that I bought a box and I’m looking forward to seeing how additional aging will impact the cigar. Starting last week, when I think of Padrón Family Reserve 46 Years Maduro, I think of ‘ta-ta.’ Thanks for being part of my personal family journey !

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Length: 5.5″
Ring: 56

Construction > Great
Burn > Great
Enjoy > Yes
Recommend > Absolutely !
Buy > Yes (* expensive)

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