.....had a wonderful smoking yesterday, finally getting my hands on some of the Thompson exclusive PINAR del RIO 1878 cigar lines. It's not hard to see why these got 89 and 90 Ratings from Cigar Aficionado. Started yesterday around 1pm with the,
PINAR del RIO 1878 CUBANO ESPECIAL CONNECTICUT TORO (6" x 52) If you like MAN O WAR VIRTUE, and any smoker who likes Connecticut wrapped cigars should, you will love this PDR 1878 Cubano Especial. Their similarity was the very first thing to pop into my smokey brain. And like the Virtue, these PDR 1878 cigars are very well made, packed rock hard with tobacco, and smoke perfectly, with a decent burn and a perfect draw. Compared to other cigars of it's kind, I would give this one a 88 Rating. The 8 Pack Sampler special of the 4 cigar lines for $19.95 is a great deal. Hopefully, some day, these will be taken over by C.I. and get the attention they deserve. About 4 hours later I torched the,
PINAR del RIO 1878 RESERVA DOMINICANA HABANO TORO (6" x 52) which was an excellent smoke as well. Very smooth for a Habano cigar. Only JUST reaches medium in flavor, but that flavor is very sweet and gingerbread like good. Going to let the 2nd rest naked in my box for at least a two months to see if any additional spice notes come out. Gets Rated 86 for now. Then around 10pm last night I burned the,
PNAR del RIO 1878 RESERVA DOMINICANA OSCURO TORO (6" x 52) and it was a very good smoke as well. Not as bold of flavor offering as the RESERVA LIMITADA. Still a sweet tasting, solid medium darkie that for under $3per is an awesome buy. Again, I will let my 2nd one rest for a while for expected improvements. This OSCURO gets Rated 86 for now. And very early dis' morning I burned the,
PINAR del RIO 1878 CUBANO ESPECIAL MADURO TORO (6" x 52). This one to me, was the best of the four. Some very good, and VERY SMOOTH maduro flavor. I love cigars that burn near perfect and allow you to produce a SOLID WHITE cloud of smoke each puff you take. All 4 lines smoke like this. This maduro reached near full flavor, and like the 1878 Oscuro, differs quit a bit when compared to the other fine tasting PDR darkies I have enjoyed. Gets Rated 88. Will also let my 2nd stick nap for a while with maybe 50 other darkies.
.....and right now I am enjoying a 7x50 ARGANESE CONNECTICUT CHURCHILL, Rated 85, a perfect morning smoke. Love it's sooth, creamy, woody flavor base. Since so many cigar smokers judge cigars buy their price, by throwing this cigars cost out the window, I would put this "Diamond in the Ruff" up against any high-mild Connecticut wrapped cigar.