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Flores Y Rodriguez Habano Review
By GC
5/4/2012 2:24:00 PM
Pinar Del Rio Flores Y Rodriguez Habano - Genios — (6 x 52)



Appearance / Construction -

The two new lines from Pinar Del Rio that we've received in the past few weeks, the Flores Y Rodriguez line along with the Pinar Del Rio Small Batch are two new Brands that were blended and rolled in the new Pinar Del Rio factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic. The scarce information that we were able to find on the blend was available from our friends at Halfwheel.com (naturally). The cigar is apparently a 100% Dominican Habano Vuelta Abajo blend, available in a Natural and Maduro wrapper, with the two wrappers coming from different crops. I love the band, it's very traditional feeling, and the colors really pop. The Flores Y Rodriguez cigars are packaged without cello, which has its pro's and con's, but opening up a box is quite a sight. The wrapper is a golden brown, very oily, same with the Maduro, oily and real beauties.. they're just begging to be smoked. The cigar is very firmly packed, and rolled very well, great construction on sight. On the cold draw I pickup a slight saltiness, with some woodsy, leathery tobacco flavor. Lets fire this new Pinar Del Rio stick up and see how it smokes.



First Third:

Upon lighting the cigar, all the leathery, salty-sweet tobacco flavors come to life, as if the cold draw was an exact preview of what was to come. Only difference being some nice mild spice through the nose on the retrohale. Again there is a lot of tobacco in this stick, and it's well packed, so the draw is just a tad tight, hopefully it will open up a bit as I smoke on. The cigar starts off medium in body, with some nice balanced flavors so far. I'm glad it's the first cigar of the day for me, it seems to be the perfect time for it, being that I enjoy medium to full to full toward the middle and end of my day. The Flores Y Rodriguez Habano shows it's Dominican puro roots, with a medium strength body and many very subtly interwoven flavors. This is not a Nicaraguan, in your face, power bomb. There is a nice honey and baked bread flavor running throughout so far, with some earthy tobacco, wood and leather to balance the blend. I'm wishing it had a bit more spice, but that's just the full body smoker in me! The draw has opened up to a good place and the burn has been phenomenal so far with a few minor corrections required here and there.



Second Third:

As the giant, almost 2 inch long ash dropped off, I started in on the second third.. The cigar is still around medium in strength, and has quite a Cuban'esque profile. I don't throw that term around much and to be more specific, Pinar Del Rio seems to have focused more on the flavor and balance than the strength. I can't wait to see what aging turns this smoke into. Unfortunately I smoked a few of these basically right off the truck with one day of dry boxing. The Cuban profile I speak of also refers to the "twang" I'm getting from this cigar. Yes ladies and gentlemen, its got Twang! If you smoke Cuban cigars from time to time you know will understand what I mean. The second third remains balanced, with a slight build in body, as well as more of a mineral flavor. The underlying spice of the cigar has picked up a bit and is now noticeable on each puff.



Final Third:

So far this cigar has performed like a champ. Extremely solid ash and near perfect burn. If this Flores Y Rodriguez blend is any indication of what will be coming out of the new PDR Factory, get ready to smoke some great Dominican cigars. I'm very interested to see how the different sizes as well as some more time on the shelf or your humidor changes the blend. As I said above, I think it's going to do wonders, for some reason I feel like this one will age very well. The cigar continued a similar profile in until nubbed, with the spice and body picking up, as well as some more definition in the already identified notes. Overall I must admit this one of the more interesting Pinar Del Rio blends I've smoked in a while.. It's grabbed my attention, I love the balance and Dominican profile, as I've said I can't wait to try this in a few other vitolas as well.



Look for this available at Atlantic Cigar and in our sister retail store, the Cigar Republic very soon!

Thanks for reading!

GC

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Tags: Flores Y Rodriguez Habano, Pinar Del Rio, PDR, Abe Florez, Dominican Habano Vuelta Abajo, Maduro, Pinar Del Rio Small Batch
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