Cigar Review: Pinar Del Rio Oscuro
According to the Pinar Del Rio website the Pinar Del Río Oscuro is rolled for the dark wrapper enthusiast. Utilizing a maduro wrapper leaf, Oscuro is a strong cigar that is supremely clean, a rare feat that is seldom accomplished by cigar factories today. with a silky texture. It recently came to be in a cigar pass from one of the members of CigarOutcast.com. Cigar Outcast is a private, invite only cigar forum for cigar enthusiasts.
Cigar: Pinar Del Rio Oscuro
Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 6 x 50 (Toro)
Wrapper: Habano Oscuro (Dominican)
Binder: Habano (Dominican)
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
Appearance & Construction (19/20): This gorgeous Habano Oscuro wrapper features a flawless roll. It is virtually impossible to spot the lines of the roll. The cigar has a nice weight to it with no soft spots what so ever. The label is a nice mixture of gold, black and a eye catching shade of blue. If there is one negative it is the somewhat sloppy cap.
Flavor & Notes (25/30): The cigar starts with notes that were consistent with the pre-light notes of earth. As we continue to work on the first third of the smoke the earth is joined by notes of a very dark, strong coffee similar to Cafe Bustello. Make sure you have some water on hand as you smoke this cigar as it can leave you a little dry. The second third of the smoke the coffee notes move to the front, while the earth remains in the background. As we conclude our smoke the cigar is very earthy.
Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): The burn is even throughout and despite an initial flowering effect of the ash it held tigh and strong. The color of the ash, a chalky white. The draw was the negative in this category as both sticks I smoked offered a slightly tight draw but not at the point where it was not smoke worthy.
Overall (22/25): The Pinar Del Rio is a boutique brand that flew by unnoticed by me until the cigar pass made it’s way to me. However now that I am aware of this brand I will keep a few in my humidor at all times and I look forward to trying their sun grown blend.