PDR

PDR 1878 robusto madura

These Pinar del Rio cigars own their name to the year 1878 when the Cuban government created the provinces, and thereby creating the province Pinar del Rio, what is now known as the best tobacco growing region of the world. The cigars are made from Nicaraguan and Dominican filler with a dark Brazilian wrapper. I smoked the 5×50 robusto.
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The wrapper is oily and dark with some thin veins and the weirdest looking pigtail I have ever seen. The cigar has a tasteful double band and a mild smell of straw and barnyard. The construction feels good, and so does the predraw. I taste raisin with pepper.
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I taste coffee and pepper with far away on the background some maduro sweetness/chocolate which slowly becomes a bit stronger. The coffee morphs into wood after a quarter of an inch. After half an inch the pepper loses a lot of its power, the wood becomes dominant with pepper and chocolate on the background.
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After a third I taste wood with a tiny bit of pepper. The sweet chocolate flavor has disappeared. After two thirds I taste cedar with a lot of pepper again. The last few puffs are black pepper only.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and twenty-five minutes. I got a lot of thick smoke. The draw was good and the ash is frayed, salt & pepper colored but very firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, I see a box of these in the near future

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Pinar del Rio oscuro robusto

Pinar del Rio cigars are rolled at the La Fabrica Don Leoncio on the Dominican Republic and recently all their cigars were reblended, repacked and got a price drop. Not for sale in Europe, I was lucky to get my hands on a fiver in a box split that one of my American friends did on Cigar Asylum. The new Pinar del Rio Oscuro is made with a Brazilian oscuro wrapper, a Dominican criollo ’98 binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The robusto has the classic 5×50 size.
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The cigar has a classy double band and some black cloth on the foot of the cigar to protect it from damage. The wrapper is dark, shiny and oily. The construction feels good and I smell a strong straw and barnyard smell. The predraw is fine.
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I taste pepper with some coffee and after a quarter of an inch some musty wood. After an inch I taste herbs and wood. After a third I get a lot of leather with some pepper and herbs, but the pepper slowly fades away.
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Halfway I taste leather only but that changes into wood with nuts. The nut flavor fades to the aftertaste. After two thirds I taste wood with herbs and pepper.
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This cigar lasted me ninety-five minutes, which is extremely long for a 5 inch robusto. I got a lot of thick smoke. The draw is great and the burn is good. The ash is light gray, dense and firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I still have a few left from a box split, once they are gone, I won’t get more.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Pinar del Rio sun grown robusto

I got this cigar from an American friend in a trade or a bomb, I can’t remember, and this whole brand was unknown to me as it is not for sale in The Netherlands. Ofcourse I heard of the name, but I had never seen or tried one myself. I smoked the Pinar del Rio Habano Sungrown 5×50 robusto, a cigar with a Dominican Habano Sun Grown wrapper, a Dominican Criollo ’98 binder and a Nicaraguan and Dominican filler.
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The cigar is nice and dark and the wrapper is very shiny, oily and has a few veins. The cigar also has a pretty strong barnyard aroma. The construction feels good. The predraw is good and I taste raisin.
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I taste a peppery coffee which is mild sweet and I even taste some dark chocolate, I like this. After an inch the coffee disappears and I taste dark chocolate, some herbs and at a third even a hint of nuts.
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Halfway I taste chocolate, wood, herbs and still some nuts. The chocolate gets less dominant and the wood slowly takes it place, with the herbs and the chocolate still on the background. After two thirds the herbs are getting stronger while the chocolate keeps fading away.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and twenty five minutes. The draw is good but gets a bit harder along the way, so I drilled a hole in the cigar which helped a lot. The smoke is good, I get enough smoke and it is reasonably thick. The ash is dark but firm. The burn is ok, I had to correct it a few times and at one point there was even some tunneling. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might, depends on the price.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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