Released in the fall of 2009, the Padron released the Family Reserve #45 in both a Sungrown Natural and Maduro wrapper, the binder and filler too are of Nicaraguan tobaccos; all of the tobacco in each 45th was aged for a minimum of ten years. I’ve bought three of these ten-count boxes, and have been gifted a few as well; and of those three boxes only one sealed box remains, and one loose stick, the stick up for review is one I received yesterday 5/27/10 from a good friend. These are boxed pressed toro’s weigh in at 6 x 52.

The dark chocolate and toothy maduro wrapper has scents of cedar, cinnamon, earth, leather, and manure.

After a 9mm punch the draw is effortless and subtly tight at the same time, the wrapper has hints of anise, butter, cedar, cracked white peppercorns, dark chocolate, leather, and manure.

The toasted foot smells of 65% cacao, cedar, ginger, leather, and pistachios.

The lit draw provides an array of hints including cashews, cedar, Cuban coffee, ground espresso, Madeira, mesquite, and peanuts. The smoke is plentiful with a bone white color, and smells of rich chocolate truffles off of the nose. The ash forms in one millimeter rings and has a salt and pepper complexion. There’s also very subtle hint of chili pepper on the tongue.

From a distance the smoke coming off of the foot of the #45 smells milk chocolate; the band that denotes “Family Reserve” indicates the year 1964, which indicates that the #45 marks the forty-fifth anniversary release.

Approximately half an inch in, the hints mellow out with flavors of cocoa, cream, a subtle hint of hickory, and white chocolate. It’s fair to say that both variants of the #45 are full bodied and full strength, however the body and strength of the maduro are closer to the mild end of full for both descriptors, where as the Sungrown natural wrapper has more earthy and peppery notes and more strength. The average msrp for this release is around 24$.

Oh a cone of ligero from the recently tapped ash at the four and s quarter inch mark; and a shift in hints cracked black peppercorns, dark chocolate, ground espresso beans, and mocha; with hints of coffee and yellow peppers off of the nose. And it’s been burning on a slow draw for forty minutes, with four inches remaining.

The box press for all intents and purposes doesn’t round out at the foot, but maintains a box pressed albeit ovoid shape. Three and a half inches, and hints of 65% cacao, cedar, mesquite, and white pepper awaken on the palette.

At three and a quarter inches remaining and an hour later coffees and chocolate hints abound with subtle hints lit cedar and oak; the smoke at this point smells of cream and ground vanilla beans. If I could eat this cigar I would, but it would be a waste of a cigar well worth savoring. On the tongue the aftertaste left is a combination of cocoa and Cuban coffee.

Two and half inches, eighty minutes later, the flavors are mellow and potent simultaneously.

The blend in the #45’s resemble the 1926 Aniversarios more so than the 1964’s; and I find this to be a far more impressive cigar than the 80th Anniversary, the #44, and the Millennium too. I can’t wait to see what the Padron family does with the blend for the #46 to be released this Fall.

At the final inch and three quarters the body kicks it up a notch with hints of cracked black peppercorns, dark chocolate, green peppers, and mesquite; with flavorful hints off of the nose consisting of cocoa, cream, and vanilla; and hints of bell peppers and hazelnut on the tongue; two hours later and an inch remains.

All boxes were acquired from Davidus Cigars on Rockville Pike, Maryland, 20852.