The A. Flores Serie Privada Cigars Review and InformationEvery stick these days has a story extolling its importance to a brand or line, but the A. Flores Serie Privada cigars need none of that.  There’s no mystique or romanticism surrounding these stogies. They are just an example of what a smoke can be when they are blended by a master and made using some of the best tobaccos the company has on hand. This 2012 release does have the power of carrying a respected name – Abe Flores. Abe has been around tobacco for decades and is one of the major brains behind PDR, and this blend is another clear reason the man is so respected.

The A. Flores Serie Privada cigars have an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Nicaraguan Habano binder and fillers from the Dominican and Nicaragua. This stick is rustic, with a lot of oil, several visible veins and a good amount of tooth. It has the color of tarnished copper and is just an intimidating looking stick overall. The band is elegant, with an understated gold and maroon stamped mark featuring the name of the blend. The smoke is available in three vitolas, including Robusto (5 x 52), Toro (6 x 54) and Churchill (7 x 58). The cold draw evokes a little cocoa and spice, and an aroma that one reviewer described as a wooden porch after a recent rain. 

The initial third of the A. Flores Serie Privada cigars begins with some distinct earth and cocoa flavors, which isn’t a surprise given the Maduro wrapper. These play in the dominant position for the most part while some black pepper and black coffee flavors fill out the background and retrohale. One aficionado also noted the presence of a flavor he described as red velvet. And though the stick has a rough appearance, it is extremely well rolled, producing a high volume of smoke.

During the middle third of the stick, the flavor profile becomes a bit more challenging, with dark earth, soil, coffee and pepper rounding out the mix. There is a touch of sweetness that occasionally emerges, but it is a tertiary note, for the most part.

In the last third of the A. Flores Serie Privada cigars, the dark earth and black coffee flavors are still prominent, but they peel back just enough to permit a cedar note to come through. The black pepper rests on the retrohale exclusively now and a combination of smooth chocolate and subtle oak flavors give the background a fresh look. 

With the stick’s rustic build, it does require the occasional touchup with the burn, but the draw is silky smooth with carefully crafted flavors. In short, it’s a medium-full smoke that any aficionado will be able to appreciate for its brilliant concept and execution.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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