PDR Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion Capa Habano – Cigar review
PDR may only be 8 years old as a company, but the factory has been running for ten times that time. In the last 8 years Pinar Del Rio has really started to make a name for themselves. The Small Batch Reserve Habano and Maduro are both fantastic smokes, and now the Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion Capa Habano and Maduro have been released as well. Flores y Rodriguez are named for the 3 people who are running the show at PDR, Abe Flores and the Rodriguez brothers. Today I am reviewing the PDR Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion Capa Habano.
Size: Torp (6 1/2 x 52)
Wrapper: Dominican Colorado wrapper
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The band of the Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion Capa Habano is fairly simple. In the center there is a family crest of sort in cold on a blue background with Flores Y Rodriguez written on top and Tamboril on the bottom.Tamboril is the town in the Dominican Republic where the PDR factory is located, just outside of Santiago. The sample smoked for review had a slightly reddish brown color, very close to clay, and was fairly veiny. It also had a ridge which started under the band and also ran to close to the foot of the cigar. The wrapper was a bit rough to the touch, but felt solid, and nice in hand.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion Capa Habano had a clean hay scent along with notes of cocoa and cedar. The foot also had notes of cocoa and cedar, along with spices and citrus. On the cold draw there were flavors of cedar, citrus, hay, and spices
Smoking Characteristics: The first draw off the Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion Capa Habano was slightly tight. The notes during the first third were cedar, leather, citrus, and a ginger spice. The smoke is cool, dry, and rich. The burn is fantastic, a nearly razor sharp line holding to a tight ash. Each draw leaves a light rich cedar and citrus flavor on the palate.
During the second third the draw really opens up and the body becomes medium to almost full. I can now place the strength right around medium, with the lightest of buzz starting to set in. The notes of leather and citrus become very sharp during this third and start to dominate the flavor profile. The notes of cedar and spice remain but start to play a secondary role, and a light cocoa note begins to enter the flavor profile, but at this point it more lingers on the tongue. The burn is still excellent, nearly razor sharp, and the ash hold solid to the inch point.
Into the final third of the cigar the cocoa note really develops more fully, but still plays more of a secondary role. The cocoa powder really balances out the cedar and citrus flavors in the profile. There are still notes of citrus, more of a lemon at this point, and spices which also play in well. This is the first part of the cigar I would call complex, and it built up to this flavor well, and made the smoking experience a bit of a journey. The smoke is still fairly dry, but cool and rich. The burn and draw also perform amply during this third.
Conclusion: The Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion Capa Habano performed well. The flavor was delicious and developed wonderfully during the smoking experience and ends in a complex, well blended, and balanced profile. For a medium bodied habano smoke it doesn’t quite strike a new road, but certainly has its place in the market. It is an excellent Dominican puro, and I’m looking forward to sampling the Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion Capa Maduro.