The Pinar Del Rio Small Batch Reserve Maduro was released in 2011 by blender Abe Flores.
The blend is comprised of a Ligero Maduro Cubra Habano Brazil wrapper, a Dominican Criollo 98 binder and uses Dominican Corojo & Nicaraguan Corojo filler tobaccos. The filler is bunched using an Entubado style.
The dark brown Habano Brazil wrapper was very savory. There is a
sweet, berry aroma coming from the foot, and the wrapper has a mild hay and tobacco aroma with faint chocolate notes.
The cigar had a firm feel with no detectable soft spots. I cut the cap and the cigar also had a good draw with some slight resistance.
After I lit the cigar, I see that it produced a good amount of smoke and developed an excellent, even burn with a tight gray ash.
During the first third, there was a strong spice sensation in my nose. In contrast to that spice, the finish was clean and light but, with a bit of a tingle on the tongue.
The second and final third were very similar and consistent in flavor and performance. This was probably the spiciest maduro blend I have smoked in a while. While the spice was prominent, I also picked up on undertones of woody tobacco and a hint of cocoa.
I felt this particular cigar would benefit from some age so I’ll be picking a few more up and give them a try at a later date and see what differences there may be.
PDR Cigars can be found at these fine Tampa Bay Tobacconists:
Cigar Castle - 11724 North 56th Street, Tampa,FL (813) 985-1300
Cigar Cave - 37748 Us Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL (727) 938-2283
Edwards Pipe & Tobacco - 2118 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL (863) 687-4168
Edward's Havana Nights - 15407 North Dale Mabry, Tampa, FL (813) 962-3311
Fusion Cigars Tampa - 11642 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa,FL
Gaspar’s Cigar Shoppe - 3630 South Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33629
King Corona Cigars - 1523 E. 7th Ave., Tampa, Fl 33605 1-888-248-3812
MJM Fine Cigars - 31816 U.S. Hwy. 19 N., Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Smokers Den Cigars - 29140 U.S. 19, Clearwater, FL (727) 784-1676
Tampa Humidor - 1418 East Busch Boulevard #105, Tampa, FL (813) 990-8535