Pinar del Rio Cigars have always been associated with two things to me. The first is quality, the second being affordability. In this new world of SCHIP and state taxes it seems as if the price of the cigars we love is increasing exponentially. A few companies now have started making cigars at a much lower price point to combat all the taxes which are being unfairly imposed on us. Some have come out with some fairly average product, while some have made truly wonderful cigars at a price that doesn’t break the bank. Abe Flores’ Pinar Del Rio cigars is, without a doubt, the later. They have come out with hit after hit all with very fair MSRPs. The Habano Sun Grown is an excellent example of this. This is one of the Pinar Del Rio sticks I have enjoyed many times in the past, but simply had not found time to review until now.
Size: 6 1/2 x 52
Wrapper: Dominican Sun Grown Cuban Seed Habano
Binder: Dominican Criollo 98
Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican
Body: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Pinar Del Rio Habano Sun Grown features two bands plus a red ribbon on the foot of the cigar. The top band is a dark brown color and trimmed with gold. In the middle it says Pinar Del Rio, with 1878 written above and Habano Sun Grown written below. The second band is also a blend of dark brown and gold with Liga Cubana No. 5 written in gold. Since “Liga” means blend, this would mean Cuban Blend number 5. The wrapper of the Pinar Del Rio Habano Sun Grown is a nice reddish medium brown clay color. The wrapper has a some “teeth” to it, but also a nice rich oil.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Pinar Del Rio Habano Sun Grown has notes of spice, wood, and a bit of grass. The foot has a scent of coffee, wood, spice, with a little earth. To prepare smoking the Pinar Del Rio Habano Sun Grown, I use a straight cut and on the cold draw there is a mix of earth, wood, grass, spices, and a bit of nutmeg.
Smoking Characteristics: The Pinar Del Rio Habano Sun Grown starts out with a delicious mix of wood, spice, coffee, earth, and grass. The blend is very mild, smooth, and complex with the spices closer to a nutmeg and cinnamon rather than anything harsh like a pepper or Asian spice. The smoke is very smooth, cool, creamy, and savory but only about medium in body. The aroma while smoking is quite enjoyable, filling the air around me with a rich sweet woody and grassy scent. The strength is a perfect example of medium, not at all over powering, but present enough to be enjoyable.
Into the second third of the Pinar Del Rio Habano Sun Grown, a nice sweet buttery flavor joins the blend along with a bit of cocoa. The two new flavors compliment the rest of the blend well. The spice and earth now become much more subtle in the flavor profile and the coffee, grass, with wood notes playing a pleasant secondary role. The flavor on the PDR Sun Grown really is quite enjoyable, very well balanced, complex, and well blended. The construction stands up very well, the draw is ample, but only providing about a medium to full body of smoke. The ash holds very firm, easily to the inch point without flaking at all, and the burn has required no touch ups, but is not quite razor sharp.
During the final third of the Pinar Del Rio Habano Sun Grown, the flavor remains fairly consistent with the second third. The sweet buttery flavor, cocoa, and wood dominate the flavor profile with the grass and coffee playing secondary roles. The earth and spice faint are undertones at this point. The smoke is still very smooth, cool, rich, creamy, and savory. The strength remains in the medium range with only a nice mellow buzz setting in while smoking. The construction stands up very well with the ash holding firm and the burn has become sharp. The Pinar Del Rio Habano Sun Grown smokes cool to the nub without pulling heat, and remaining surprisingly firm.
Conclusion: The Pinar Del Rio Habano Sun Grown Torpedo presented me with a wonderful blend of complex, delicious, nuanced flavors which I enjoyed down to the last puff. It has a nice medium to full body of smoke, with rich full flavors, and a medium strength. The construction is excellent with a perfect draw, firm ash, and sharp burn line. Overall the Pinar Del Rio Habano Sun Grown Torpedo is easily worth every cent, and without a doubt worth trying!