A Pinar de Rio Cubano Especial Cigar Is a Good Smoke & a Great DealThe Pinar Del Rio Cubano Especial cigar highlights the year 1878, which was the year that Cuba was split up into six provinces.  PDR has created three lines to pay respect to this major event in the country’s history, including Madura, Oscura, and Connecticut plants. This company tends to cause controversy among reviewers and polarize them, but the quality in this stick is something that they are able to agree on. With its combination of value pricing and strong flavors, it is one of the true bargains on the market.

This stogie comes in three vitolas – Robusto (5 x 62), Toro (6 x 52) and Double Magnum (6 x 60). The wrapper is a Brazilian Aripaca that is slightly oily and has some veining that gives the paper a reddish hue. It also features a prominent pigtail and is a dark chocolate brown. The Pinar Del Rio Cubano Especial cigar is packed reasonably tight, according to reviewers, but it has significant heft.  The stick comes with a double band that displays the names of the stogie and line in bold, silver letters amid a black background. The lettering is framed with silver trim, and these bands give the smoke a sharp appearance.

Before lighting, most reviewers detected an aroma of coffee, wood, and cherry from the paper. After lighting, the first thing many aficionados note is the amount of smoke that the Pinar Del Rio Cubano Especial cigar produces. It fills the air with aromatic smoke that most strongly smells like vanilla. The first third of the stogie mimics this taste, with a strong vanilla note accompanied by cocoa and nutmeg on the finish.

In the second third, the vanilla steps back somewhat as the cocoa becomes the dominant flavor. For some reviewers, this is a very rich taste, but it can be too strong for novice smokers. The nutmeg dissolves into a general spice note, and everything is joined by subtle layers of leather and earth. In the final third of the Pinar Del Rio Cubano Especial cigar, the vanilla, spice and leather all disappear. The cocoa is still strong and remains the dominant taste down to the nub, though the earthy taste is still very apparent and plays off the cocoa well. In this part of the stogie, the strength begins to ramp up.

At under $7 each, this stick is a good smoke for those on a budget. It is medium bodied smoke that is also medium in strength until the final third, where it becomes full-strength stogie. This, combined with the rich cocoa, may make the Pinar Del Rio Cubano Especial cigar a bit too much to handle for many novices.  However, it makes an excellent after dinner smoke because it isn’t overwhelming. Reviewers consider the draw to be excellent and the burn to be very good for the most part, although it sometimes requires a few touchups to keep a sharp burn line. With its combination of sharp construction, heavy smoke output, and rich cocoa flavor, this stogie is unlike most products on the market.  With its price, it is a bargain when looking for something new.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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