PDR Cigars is one of the hottest boutique manufacturers operating today. Founder/CEO Abe Flores and his team have been at it for almost 2 decades, now, totally dialed-in at the brand's Dominican-based tabacalera. It's from this facility that Flores creates his highly-regarded cigars, incorporating well-fermented tobaccos from all across the Carribbean and South America, as well as origins more exotic. Likewise, PDR's portfolio of premiums cover the spectrum of spending levels, with a slew of affordable, everyday options (FyR 10th Reserva Limitada is a fine example) to a few extravagantly expensive entrees (including the '93' rated Serie Privada and FyR Connecticut Valley Reserve), too. The secret to this sustained success? By taking traditional Cuban techniques and mixing-in modern-day technology, PDR Cigars has produced hit after handmade hit, with Flores finding a niche balanced between boutique uniqueness and big-brand volume. Here's another fine line -- Small Batch Maduro.
Boasting a dark Brazilian Cubra wrapper, plucked from a priming high up on the tobacco plant, and choice Criollo and Corojo long-leaves beneath, these premium from PDR are rolled entubo style, a time-intensive method that sees the filler-leaves folded over in spring-like fashion. For all the constructual cost this uncommon caveat incorporates, including (but not limited to) the considerable technical complexity and manual dexterity necessary to correctly execute, through extensive contributes to construction quality, and the corresponding performance-positive effect directly improving the performance of each cigar, the pros far outweigh the cons. Expect top-end taste and aroma as a pleasant sweetness settles the savory, smoked-almond essence this blend begets right off the bat, balanced by a wide array of spices that come and go. Medium-bodied strength; big-time flavor. If you are looking for a decadent Dominican to add to your stash, PDR Small Batch Maduro is a great choice!