Pinar Del Rio Exclusivo Reserva Limitada Robusto
Size: 5 x 52
Wrapper: Dominican Habano
Binder: Criollo ’98 and Brazilian Habano (double binder)
Filler: Nicaraguan tobaccos from Jalapa and Esteli, Dominican Criollo ’98, Corojo, and Negrita Canca Habano
Prelight: This cigar had an attractive dark brown wrapper with an oily sheen. The smell of the wrapper is a fantastic rich earth and coffee. The construction looked decent with minimal veins, tight seams, and consistent firmness. A prelight draw was on the restrictive side but acceptable.
Burn: The burn on this cigar was decent and only minor touchups were needed. The ash usually held for about an inch. The draw stayed on the restrictive side but stayed acceptable. The cigar has a good volume of thick chewy smoke throughout. Total burn time was about an hour and a half.
Taste: After smoking threw most of a box I can say the flavor is inconsistent and random. My experience is that you can expect any or all of the following flavors to show up. Oak, cedar, leather, dark roast coffee, earth, vanilla, molasses. The only consistency in flavor that I found is all of them have a very sweet molasses as a base flavor. The thing I find a bit odd about these cigars are that instead of the normal slow progression of flavors that I am used to, the dominate flavors on these seem to change every other draw. I would call this cigar full flavor medium strength.
Conclusion: To be honest I am a bit at odds with how I feel about this cigar. Personally I find it too sweet for my preference and I find the abrupt flavor changes odd. But at the same time it smokes pretty good for its price point and I think it might appeal to certain smokers. Although this cigar is not infused I think it might appeal to that demographic.
Review Notes: The cigar reviewed was in my humidor for six months at 66% rh. I drank black coffee and water while smoking. Due to the abrupt flavor changes I thought their might be a possibility that this was a mixed filler cigar. Abe Flores via email assured me that it was long filler.