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PDR 1878 Reserva Dominicana Capa Oscura

Greetings Lords and Ladies of the Leaf!

It’s good to be back amongst the living again. Kyle and I have been puffing away for you! The cigar for you this week is the Pinar del Rio by Abe Flores. Released in 2011 at ICPCR this cigar is stoutly all-Dominican. I purchased this particular cigar from Riverside Cigars. If you’re in Jeffersonville, Indiana, we highly recommend giving this cigar oasis a try – there are very few Patel’s to be found. And to my palate that’s a wonderful thing.

At any rate – we’re going to have a contest – more on that later – and on with the review!

First, the stats:

Cigar: PDR 1878 Reserva Dominicana Capa Oscura

Size: 5 x 52 Robusto

Wrapper: Dominican Republic Habano Oscuro

Binder: Dominican Republic Habano

Filler: Dominican Republic (Corojo, Habano, Criollo 98)

Strength: Medium

Price: Around 9.00

PRELIGHT

Wrapper/Appearance 1/2: The cigar was heavy for it’s size, and well constructed. The cigar was off balance and definitely had more weight towards the cap, but there were no soft spots. However, one caveat that I found is that the end of the cigar was rather ugly. It was a closed foot – however, and while not my preference it was poorly constructed, with a bunch of the closed foot missing.

Cap: 2/2 pts: The cap was really well constructed – there was a pronounced pig-tail on top, curling twice.
Band: 2/2 pts: As you can see from the pictures the band is an intense double red band with a silver block letter font. It’s really quite pretty – sexy almost.
Smell: 2/2 pts: Rich and earthy – the smell drew hints of tobacco and musty leather.
Pre-light draw/lighting: 2/2 pts: The pre-light draw was clean and clear and hinted towards earthiness and a muddiness that while not unpleasant was unexpected.

TOTAL: 9/10.

FIRST THIRD

The promise of leather did not hold true in this cigar. Instead, it was rather metallic in the first third. Though it could have been the inferior lighter that I was using. Otherwise the smoke was pleasant and thick – creamy with a desirable mouthfeel. After a few minutes the cigar turned much nicer and turned more earthy with subtle undertones of nuttiness and baked bread. The metallic taste pervaded once again, and the cigar seemed to burn hot despite my best efforts to make it burn slowly, including smoking less and making sure that I didn’t have to continue to relight. It was windy today so that might have contributed to the fact that the cigar decided to go all wonky on me and continued to burn out. Finally, I got ticked off enough to just snip the end off and relight to start the smoke again. There were several relights during the first third, but I wont completely discount this cigar simply because of my poor equipment and the weather conditions.

SECOND THIRD

This was much better! The metallic taste vanished. It gave way to a cigar that was rich in cinnamon, all-spice, and nutmeg (which, by the way is very poisonous when taken intravenously…I’m not advocating doing that … but it seems to be a dangerous way to use a delicious spice.). The smoke continued to be creamy and rich, and was delicious. The oscura was complex and the taste of bread greeted the smoker as the cigar mellowed out. The cigar was a biter originally and she turned rich and delicious after a brief experience with the dark side. The ash was light gray and very dense. The smoke continued to have a creamy mouthfeel and was totally worth nursing it through the bitter parts.

FINAL THIRD

After sacrificing a lamb to the wind (not really, it just happened that I huddled down underneath the deck … I was like Frodo Baggins in my hobbit hole) it finally calmed down. And the overall experience the final third as completely worth it. The cigar remained savory and had an undercurrent of nuttiness. The oscura rounded itself out remaining delicious and complex. The cigar was a bit dry, I highly recommend having something to drink with you (I was drinking water … but Beer or Wine would work well too.) The leatheriness worked itself back in towards the end, and I nubbed this cigar out. Nice work, Abe!

OVERALL EXPERIENCE: 

The overall experience was marred by the wind and the shoddy equipment that I was using. One of the things that I liked about this cigar was the flavor profile. The beginning was metallic and disgusting, but the sheer force of will caused me to keep through it and I’m glad that I did. The initial bitterness wore off to a smooth and savory tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and baked bread and then finished off with the hints of leather that the foot and the prelight draw promised. A decent smoke after all.

THE RECAP

Prelight: 9/10

Smoking: 7/10 – Quantification: The initial bitterness was so unpleasant that I found myself wanting to stop smoking. But I forced myself to overcome my aversion!

Overall Experience: 7/10 – Qualification: The fact that I had to relight the thing five times and clip the end once, made it rather unenjoyable to smoke. But the taste was really quite good.

TOTAL: 23/30. Truly a good quality smoke – but it could use some work. It was enjoyable, and I’ll be glad to enjoy another one. At the price it may or may not be worth it – check back to see another review of one, I hope to grab another one soon.

Thanks for reading! Another couple weeks and we’ll be ready to post our “CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS” for a chance for you to win cigars and a special prize.

‘//otan

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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Cigars Rated

 

Classic Cigars Top Ten of 2011 … part Deux!

Greetings and Salutations Lords and Ladies of the Leaf!

Sorry that this is so late! We’re working hard to get caught up, thankfully here where I am, it’s been a balmy sixty-degrees or so. What does that mean for Classic Cigar? Well, quite simply friends – we’re outside … “smoking for you”! That being said, one of the things that I really enjoy is getting a chance to compare notes with Kyle and figuring out what the heck I’m doing in regards to smoking.

2011 saw a lot of firsts for me – first thing was my wife decided that my hobby was alright to continue! So we reconditioned my old humidor, and started smoking. And Kyle invited me to come and blog about my thoughts –  someone else valued my cigar smoking opinion! And – I found small batch “boutique” cigars, no longer did I smoke the mass-produced “big name” brands but I danced into the likes of Dion Giolito and the wham-bam thank you ma’am of Pete Johnson!

Kyle and I really enjoyed the makings of Pete Johnson, you’ll find that several of his cigars mark my top ten – what can I say? When you make a good product, you make a good product. No, as stated before, Kyle and I are not Pete Johnson men – we just smoke them. And like Kyle, four of my top ten are from him, several are Dion Giolito’s and the rest? Well … you’ll just have to wait and read them.

‘//otan’s top 10 of 2011 …. drum roll please!

10. Vegas de Santiago Torpedo “Cafe con Leche” (Costa Rica)

9. Illusione 4/2g “Church” (Honduras)

8. Montecriso Media Noche No.2 (Dominican Republic)

7. Illusione Holy Lance Candela “Lancero” (Honduras)

6. Illusione Holy Lance Candela (Honduras)

5. Tatuaje Havana IV “Nobles” (Dominican Republic)

4. Cohiba Maduro V “Secretos” (Cuba)

3. Cabaiguan Guapo 46 (Nicaragua)

2. Tatuaje Black Petite Lancero (Nicaragua)

… and my number 1 cigar for 2011 is …..

1. Ambos Mundos No. 1 Habana (Nicaragua)

Kyle and I found these to be our go to cigar of 2011 – spicy, leathery (like your favorite old book), and rich creamy smoke they were the perfect cigar to compliment a beer, a glass of red wine, and they held up nice to a whole summers worth of grilling and hanging out. Being a cigar reviewing “novice” this smoke truly won over my palate and made me excited for what Pete Johnson would bring in the new year.

I wish you long ashes this year, and stay tuned for our first ever “From our humidor to yours” give-away.

Thanks so much for reading!

‘//otan

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Uncategorized