Just before I got sick I was contacted by Abe Flores of Pinar Del Rio asking if I would like to sample his new cigars. Having become a fan last year as the company took a turn for the better I eagerly jumped all over it. In my constant battle with my mailman the first set of samples sent to me never arrived. It seems if the box does not fit in my mailbox the mailman was leaving the box on the floor by the mailboxes instead of bringing them to my door. Well despite this I managed to tip my mailman this year at Christmas and now the packages are left at my door. Thankfully Abe sent out a second shipment and I apologize for the delay in getting these reviewed as having mild pneumonia knocked me down for the count (a saying I do not get, wouldn’t thank make me dead?).
The cigar is available as a limited pre-release and a list of retailers can be found here. It is expected to be a full blown release around IPCPR 2011. If you don’t know who to call off that list give Kremer a call. Information at the end of the review.
Cigar: PDR 1878 Reserva Dominicana Capa Oscura
Size: 5 x 52
Wrapper: Dominican Republic Habano Oscuro
Binder: Dominican Republic Habano
Filler: Dominican Republic (Corojo, Habano, Criollo 98)
Facebook: Pinar Del Rio
Appearance and Construction: A nice dark oily Oscuro wrapper adorns the Pinar Del Rio 1878 Reserva Dominicana Capa Oscura and if offset by a dual band system utilizing colors of red and silver. The band reminds of another cigar that had an East Coast/West Coast edition but regardless they look great against the dark wrapper. The 5 x 52 robusto is rolled to perfection with a pig tail cap and a closed foot. The cigar has no soft spots, but feels a little off balanced in the hand as their seems to be more wight toward the cap.
Flavor & Notes : The foot of the cigar offers off some spices and subtle notes of chocolate and after I clip the cap the draw serves up some more subtle spices and some wood notes. Once the cigar is lit and I work through the first third the notes are served up are spice especially through the nose, but not overpowering. There is also a nice nuttiness that is dominant. The second third the notes of nuts continue with a touch of cinnamon and some leather notes begin to creep into the mix as well. The last third produced a dry taste so be sure to have a bottle of water present or some other beverage. The cigar finished with notes of wood and leather rounding out a great experience.
Smoking Characteristics: This slow burning cigar from Pinar Del Rio is a major league smoke producer. While the volume isnt thick and lustrous it just emits an endless amount of it even when resting the aromatic smoke pours off the cigar. The draw was a little bit loose in the first half and offered a slight resistance in the second half. The cigar burned even and the medium gray ash was adequate in terms of holding.
Conclusion: I know a lot of people equate a dark cigar with a strong cigar but the Pinar Del Rio 1878 Reserva Dominican Capa Oscura was medium bodied at most and it produced a nice amount of complexity and taste. For the price this is a tremendous value and an excellent every day smoke. The Robusto can be picked up for $89.00 a box which comes out to $4.45 a stick. Abe has done it again with value and quality rolled into one cigar. Bravo!
Price: Corona $84, Robusto $89, Toro $94, Short Toro $103, Churchill $106 , D. Mag $108. (Plus Tax/Shipping) @ Kremer’s Call (502) 584-3332
Disclaimer: We received these cigars compliments of Pinar Del Rio and as always all spelling, typographical and grammar mistakes have been left in place for you amusement and/or to annoy my good friend Gary J. Arzt.