PDR may only be 8 years old as a company, but 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 Maduro.
Size: Robusto (5 x 52)
Strength: Medium to full
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 gold 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 wrapper is a dark chocolate color and has almost no veins, with a bit of oil. It is slightly rough to the touch, and features a generous triple cap.
Flavor and notes: The wrapper of the Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion Capa Maduro has notes of hay, cocoa, and coffee. The foot has the same notes but with an added note of mineral or salt. On the cold draw there are flavors of hay, coffee, and leather.
Smoking Characteristics: I clip the Flores y Rodriguez with the slightest guillotine cut to prepare for smoking it. It lights up with notes of black pepper, leather, coffee, and a bit of mineral. The draw right off the bat was fantastic, easily producing a full body of smoke. The pepper fades out quickly during the first third. The notes in this third are cocoa, coffee, and leather. The smoke is a tad bit dry, but very creamy, cool, and rich. The burn is razor sharp with a brilliant white ash holding firmly at the end. The slightest bit of pepper lingers on the palate between draws, hardly noticeable.
During the second third of the Flores y Rodriguez the flavor becomes much sweeter. The notes of cocoa and coffee start to completely dominate the flavor profile, yet the leather flavor remains as a bit of an undertone. The smoke is very sweet, creamy, delicious, and smooth. The flavor is well blended and balanced, but not very complex. The burn remains excellent, the snow white ash clinging tightly to at least the inch mark.
Into the final third the flavor remains fairly consistent. The smoke becomes creamier, and a bit sweeter, with the notes of cocoa and coffee becoming more pronounced. The leather flavor still holds on as an undertone in the flavor profile. The draw is excellent, each puff easily producing a full body of the rich, sweet, creamy, smooth smoke. The burn required no attention.
Conclusion: The Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion Capa Maduro is an excellent offering. Although it lacks a bit of complexity to its blend, it has a rich, full, delicious flavor. It performs as well as cigars at almost double its price. Any maduro smoker who likes slightly more than medium strength and smooth, creamy blends will thoroughly enjoy this stick. At this cigar’s price it is certainly worth a box purchase.