PDR Cigars is one of the hottest manufacturers on the block these days because of the success of Abe Flores and his incredible cigar blending ability. Abe has a great palate and it translates well into the market today. While many new cigar companies are turning to Nicaragua to create their dream smokes, Abe turned to Tamboril, Dominican Republic to build his factory and begin creating the smokes that would soon wear the PDR name. He has also gained notoriety for creating some top rated smokes for several other cigar companies. Beginning the company by creating cigars that featured a great price point while delivering a great bouquet of flavors, Abe has recently began working with some of his rarer tobacco to create a set of limited edition, more premium offerings. While they are a bit more expensive than his core offerings, these are cigars that feature some rare and aged tobaccos, creating a very unique offering that isn’t typically something you will find in the PDR lineup. One such cigar is the subject of our review today, the A. Flores Gran Reserva Corojo 2006.
Size: Robusto 5 x 52
Wrapper: Dominican Corojo
Filler: Nicaraguan Habano & Dominican Corojo
Price: $12.25/stick or $259.95/box of 24
Appearance: The A. Flores Gran Reserva has a milk chocolate wrapper with a slight reddish tint to it, noticeably absent of any oils. There is a fair amount of tooth to the wrapper with a slightly rough feel to it. The seams are near invisible while the triple cap is expertly applied, creating a beautiful look to this PDR creation. The band has a very old school feel to it, primarily red and gold with the name featured in the center in white. The cigar is slightly spongy when squeezed without any hard spots from top to bottom. The construction on this stick is phenomenal, at least based solely on appearance.
Pre-Light Aroma: The foot of the A. Flores Gran Reserva has a big leather scent accompanied by a slight grass and spice on the finish. The wrapper is surprisingly aromatic, highlighted by notes of peppery spice and an earthy sweetness. Clipping the cap reveals an open draw that brings a combination of hay and earth to the palate with a light spice left at the back of the throat. The lips also tingle from the spice left behind while testing the draw.
The start of the A. Flores Gran Reserva is spicy both on the palate and through the nose, in a big way. It is a sweeter spice on the palate while it presents as a true peppery spice in the nose, an interesting dichotomy that I can’t recall ever experiencing before. Behind the spice on the tongue there is a heavy note of earth and cedar, with a hint of sweetness trying to come through but never quite making it. Medium-full is where the cigar begins in the strength department though it seems it may creep into the full bodied territory before all is said and done. The burn line is fairly even, not wavering enough to warrant a touch up while the ash holds for just under an inch before falling off.
Once into the second third, the spice has become secondary, allowing the earthier profile to take center stage. A nice leather note comes through as well, with the sweetness becoming more prominent too, now being recognized as a light cocoa flavor on the palate. It is a wonderful combo of flavors that really shines in this middle third and balances nicely with the medium-plus strength level that still remains. The burn line has become near perfect in this middle third, showing no signs of the slight waviness of the first third. The ash continues to hold strong for around an inch before it begins to fall.
Into the final third of the A. Flores Gran Reserva the cocoa sweetness becomes the up front flavor while the earthiness and spice accompany you on the ride. The complexity of flavors throughout was top notch, each taking it’s turn in the spotlight, but fading to a background role when necessary to allow the other flavors to have their time. The strength never climbed any higher than medium-full, a nice balance between the big flavors that were present throughout. The final third does occasionally bring the earthiness and leather to the forefront, but overall the sweet cocoa dominates the finish. The burn line was spot on through the finish with the ash holding near the entirety of the final third. If this is the kind of products we can expect in the future from PDR Cigars, then their future is indeed bright. This is a cigar that shows how much potential Abe Flores has as a blender and shines in all of the right places. To order this cigar, you can call us at 800-669-7167 or click here. Keep in mind, this is a very limited production cigar, so be sure to jump on them before they are all gone.