Made in the Dominican Republic at PDR Cigars, this is one of the two newest smokes by PDR Cigars. The cigar is named A. Flored Gran Reserva, and is a limited edition smoke in the A. Flores brand. The cigar features a Dominican Corojo 2006 wrapper and has a binder leaf that is undisclosed by the company. The filler is a blend of Dominican Corojo and Nicaraguan Habano tobacco, and it is all tobacco that I really love. The wrapper has a gorgeous Colorado coloring, and the wrapper is silky and firm. There are some small veins present overall and it has a beautiful cap. The cigar is slightly protected by cedar, but that is mostly for decor. There is an aroma at the foot of the cigar that shows spices, leather and wood, and I am getting some additional tobacco notes present on the wrapper. For this review I was given the robusto, and the cigar measures 5" with a 52 ring gauge.
The robusto starts by showing some terrific sweet spicy notes. I am getting some nice bits of pepper, but it is accompanied by some cinnamon and sugar notes that are really entertaining. There is a nice bit of leather present with the flavors, and I am getting a nutmeg note more on that then with the spicy beginning. It has a definite red pepper finish and I am getting some light roasted coffee notes with that. It is a lovely beginning and you can get the Dominican Corojo and Nicaraguan Habano with no problem. There is great construction present with the cigar and it has a razor sharp burn line that is producing this beautiful light gray ash that is holding on firmly. It is a solid ash thus far and I am getting a lot of smoke being produced with the great burn. I would say that the strength of the cigar is at a wonderful medium full level and the body is as well.
This is possibly one of the best cigars that PDR has produced. They make some great cigars, some are really diamonds in the rough, but this will be a hit to many smokers. The cigar had tons of flavors from beginning to end, and it shows lots of complexity, depth and transitioning as well. To me the cigar grew the further I got into it, and the final third was a crescendo of everything great. The construction on the cigar was magnificent as well and and it had a great draw for me. There was a lot of wonderful smoke produced and the ash was this gorgeous light gray coloring. The packaging on the cigar is terrific because it is classic and simple but ornate at the same time. With this being a limited cigar it would be unwise not to pick up a box of these if available. I look forward to enjoying more of these down the road, and look forward to seeing this make a return at the end of the year. I am giving this cigar a solid 93 rating.
Seth's Humidor Rating: 93
* cigars for this assessment were provided to me by PDR Cigars