Number One Family Reserve 45 Years Maduro Cigar (6 x 52)
The Padron Family Reserve No. 45 Maduro first reached cigar retailers on September 8 2009, the 45th anniversary of the creation of Padron Cigars Inc. by Jose Orlando Padron.
The 83-year-old Cuban emigre is the embodiment of the American dream, having come to the United States in the early 1960s with nothing more than a few hundred dollars, a solid work ethic and the burning desire to make cigars that tasted as good as the ones he smoked as a young man in Cuba.
The image of a hammer on this special release commemorates a most precious gift given to him by a friend when he was virtually penniless-the tool allowed him to eke out a living as a carpenter, money he saved to form a small cigar company.
No company has dominated our ratings in the way Padron Cigars has. This is the third time it has been named Cigar Aficionado's Cigar of the Year, an honour that has only existed for six years. The No. 45 is stronger than typical Padrons and is an intense smoke jammed with rich, hearty, coffee notes and a heady amount of spices.
The Padrons are tobacco hoarders, keeping stocks of tobacco for years, and this cigar is made with some of their oldest leaves. Company president Jorge Padron says the leaves inside are as old as 10 years. The first of the Padrons Family Reserves were torpedoes made from very old tobaccos, served only for special occasion dinners and never sold at retail.
While the 45 shares the original's old tobacco, it's a slightly different blend and an entirely different shape, being a severely pressed Parejo. While the majority of Padron Family Reserve No. 45s are made with maduro wrappers, some are wrapped in natural leaves. The cigars come in tidy boxes of 10, the design of which bears the signature of the Padron clan.
"This is something you carry in your blood," says Jose Orlando Padron about making cigars. "I was born in the middle of all that and that is why I love it so much."
Mix and Match is available by the box of 10. Ring in store for this option
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