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PDR Small Batch Reserve Cigar


PDR Cigars owns a small factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. Master blender Abe Flores is at the helm of this factory. Dominican, Brazilian & Nicaraguan tobaccos put them on the map and their goal is to deliver the perfect medium body cigar. PDR uses a complex rolling technique called “Entubado” which is a technique of bunching the filler tobacco. This lets you build a more complex filler bunch by adding more tobacco but placing it in a way that the draw is always desirable.

For many years there was only one Dominican cigar manufacture that had a Dominican Puro. PDR now has three Dominican Puro’s: PDR 1878 Capa Oscura, PDR 1878 Capa Habana and 2012’s Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion that uses Dominican grown Habano Vuelta Abajo tobacco.


The PDR has an oily, hearty looking wrapper with a sweet pre-light aroma that continues all the way to the palette. It has an incredibly smooth draw that allows for thick clouds of rich smoke. PDR gave a mostly even burn that didn’t require any maintenance and held a long nice ash. The first half of the smoke has a soft spice and a touch of cedar. While the flavor picks up during the second half of the cigar, it is never overpowering. The aroma was very pleasant with some sweet undertones that gave way eventually to a flavorful finish.


Overall, the PDR is a well-constructed and flavorful medium body cigar that I would definitely recommend.

Myron Gooch Sr.

Time Smoked:

Cost: Big Smoke

Wrapper: Cuban Habano Brazil.

Binder: Dominican Criollo 98.

Filler: Nicaragua Corojo / Dominican Republic Corojo.

Size: 6 x 54.

Rating: 91

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