Pinar Del Rio Small Batch Reserve Habano Toro Review
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Brazilian Habano
Binder: Dominican Criollo 98
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
Background: Small Batch Reserve is a recent release that will only be produced on demand rather than continuously like PDRs core line. They are a bit unique as they are rolled Entubar style and ship without cellophane (old Cuban style.)
Prelight: This cigar had a thin light brown wrapper with an oily sheen. The construction seemed very good on all three I smoked for this review. They all were well packed, consistent, minimal veins, and had a perfect draw. A cold draw revealed notes of earth and spice.
Burn: The burn on this cigar was very good and no touchups were needed. I even smoked a couple with wrapper damage at the foot and it burned and corrected itself without help or issue. I think that is a testament to how well these are rolled. The ash always held for at least an inch. Total burn time was about an hour and a half.
Taste: Initial flavors after lighting was a heavy blast of black pepper and spice with a little bit of woodiness in the background. After a few puffs the flavor became a full body wood and spice affair. Heading out of the first third a very nice coffee flavor emerged with the wood notes and spice moving into the background. Around the half way point the wood flavors picked up a bit and proved to be a surprisingly good complement to the coffee. The finish became earth with a hint of leather. I also started noticing a respectable nicotine kick. Heading into the last third the coffee faded and the flavor profile changed to a heavy earthy wood and leather with some nice spice in the nose. I would call this cigar medium-full in flavor and full in strength.
Conclusion: I really enjoyed this cigar. I was actually a bit surprised on how much I enjoyed it despite the woodiness (not generally my preference) and being a power bomb. This seems like it would age really well and would make a nice change of pace cigar when you feel like a enjoyable very full strength cigar.
Review Notes: The cigar reviewed was generously given to me by PDR for review. Thank you again Abe and Ekert. It was in my humidor for two weeks cello off at 65% rh. I drank only water while smoking.