Pinar Del Rio Small Batch Reserve Cigars Reviews OnlineAbe Flores is one of the most respected blenders in the tobacco industry today, and his Pinar del Rio Small Batch Reserve cigars are another example of his abilities. As the head of PDR, Flores has complete freedom to produce the high quality smokes he is known for, much to the delight of aficionados around the world. Flores is known for his deep palate and ability to combine several unique tobaccos into an interesting whole. This stick is built with tobaccos from three different countries which represent the finest aged plants these nations can offer.

The Pinar del Rio Small Batch Reserve cigars are available in two wrappers, either a Ligero Maduro Cubra Habano from Brazil or a Cubra Habano from Brazil. The binder is a Dominican Criollo aged since 1998 and the fillers are a Dominican and Nicaraguan Criollo. They can be bought in one of four vitolas, including Robusto (5 x 52), Gran Toro (6 x 54), Torpedo (6 1/2 x 52) and Churchill (7 x 54). The Maduro is dark chocolate brown in color and the Habano is medium brown. They both have an oily sheen and some slight veining. The band on the Maduro is white and gold, while the band on the Habano is red and gold. Both feature the name of the stogie in stamped gold lettering. The pre-light aromas consist of sweet earth and berry notes.

The first third of the Pinar del Rio Small Batch Reserve cigars may surprise smokers because it launches a strong burst of black pepper. The sweet earth and berry flavors are present, but they are tucked in the background and struggle to assert themselves over the pepper. Near the end of the first third, reviewers noted that the sweet berry taste evolved into something close to blackberry. The black pepper is also heavy on the retro-hale and leaves a tingling sensation in the nose.

During the second third, the sweetness ramps up and challenges the black pepper as a primary flavor. As the second third develops, the pepper is pushed off of the palate and is only present on the retro-hale. The blackberry notes morph into a general fruity sweetness and is backed up by some wood and earth layers that fill out the background.

In the final third of the Pinar del Rio Small Batch Reserve cigars, reviewers were impressed with how the stick ties all of the flavors together. The wood notes intensify, which gives the smoke a pleasant campfire like aroma. The black pepper is on the palate again in this part of the stick and combines with the sweet fruit and earth to create a tasty sweet and spicy balance. The finish is fairly mild and ends smoothly.

The Pinar del Rio Small Batch Reserve cigars are medium to full in strength, but full bodied
. While it is better for experienced smokers, a less experienced enthusiast should be able to handle it after a large meal. However, finding these sticks may be a challenge, because only 9,600 total have been produced, split among the four vitolas. Any aficionado interested in one will need to act fast before they are gone.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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