A Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Maduro – Cigar Review
Pinar Del Rio cigars is one of those companies that are sometimes overlooked. One friend of mine was quite shocked by the quality of the PDR Small Batch Maduro that he now smokes it as a go to often, simply because it is priced so reasonably and is so well made. I’m always pretty excited to try out their new blends, and recently I was given samples of the new A Flores 1975 Serie Privada in both the Maduro and Habano. I think one of the reasons I love PDR so much is all of their releases come with my two favorite wrappers, I simply love Maduros and Habanos. So I was more than thrilled to fire up the A Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Maduro and get this review going!
Size: 5 x 52
Wrapper: Maduro Habano Ecuador
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan Habano / Dominican Corojo
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The A Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Maduro is truly a box pressed cigar in every sense of the term, in fact it is actually square when you hold it. I think this takes the whole box pressing thing a bit too far, with the slightly rounded more oval feel it just rests better between your hands more easily. I tend to hold a cigar nearly the entire time I am smoking, so I prefer that shape since it feels better. With the A Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Maduro it feels about the same as any other cigar in hand, not a perfect fit, but not really awkward either. The band on it has a sort of standard old world characteristic to it. Nothing differentiates the two wrapper styles except the color of the band. On the maduro wrapped Serie Privada it is blue, on the habano it is red. The wrapper of the A Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Maduro is quite attractive, a medium brown with a color similar to milk chocolate and very few veins with a nice oil gloss.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the A Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Maduro has notes of cocoa, coffee, and an overall sweet tone to it. A lot more is going on when one smells the foot, there is the scent of cocoa, coffee, hay, spice, and even a little oak. To prepare smoking the A Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Maduro I use a straight cut and on the cold draw there is a nice blend of sweet cocoa, oak, and coffee.
Smoking Characteristics: The A Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Maduro kicks off with an excellent blend of flavors, a nice cool rich cocoa, coffee, a bit of cream, and a light oak spice. The draw starts out just a little tight, but provides a nice body of cool, rich, creamy, smooth smoke. The burn line is nice, nearly razor sharp, and the salt and pepper ash holds firm.
Into the second third of the A Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Maduro, the flavors amp up a bit. The cocoa is now more of a rich chocolate, the cream and coffee remain, but the oak fades out of the flavor profile a bit. While I can no longer taste the oaky flavors in the body of the smoke, they do linger on the palate with a bit of a cream flavor. The strength is around medium, just a hair over, and on the retrohale there isn’t too much spice. The draw has become excellent, and I have no complaints with either the ash or burn.
During the final third of the A Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Maduro the chocolate flavor becomes more of a cocoa again and blends wonderfully with the cream and latte flavors. The oak spice still lingers on the palate mixed in with a bit of cream and coffee flavors. The blend is quite excellent, and even a little complex. The draw, burn, and ash all remain excellent. I smoke it to the nub without pulling any heat.
Conclusion: I truly enjoyed the A Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Maduro. I’ve come to expect a lot from PDR despite their lower price points, and it did not let me down. The quality was wonderful, no issues with burn or ash at any point. The flavor was excellent, well blended, and delicious. I would list the A Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Maduro as a must try, and even call it a box worthy cigar.