February 01, 2015

PDR AFR-75 Robusto (4 1/2 x 50)

Video review HERE.

PDR stands for Pinar del Rio. The name of the cigar refers to Abe Flores Rosario and the 75 is the year Abe was born. This cigar debuted at the 2013 IPCPR but I picked up this sample at the New York Big Smoke in December. This size is not shown on any internet site so I am unsure if it's a regular production size but it's what I have so I'm reviewing it today. The sizes shown for this cigar are:

Sublime: 5 x 56
Edmundo: 6 x 58
Immenso: 7 x 60

The cigar is very limited and only 500 boxes per size were produced in the three sizes shown.

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo ’98, Connecticut Broadleaf, Dominican

The cigar has a nice, oily wrapper that shines in the light. It is also well made. There is a small pigtail cap.

Here is a shot of the foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were espresso, licorice, and earth. There was black pepper rated at an 8.

About one inch in the licorice notes  have changed to sweet cedar with some butter. There are still massive amounts of espresso and the earth notes are lingering on the lower level. The finish is a toasted cream with a decent amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar come across as medium to full bodied and it is burning very evenly. The espresso notes are the lead flavor and the sweet, buttery cedar is your secondary flavor. This is a powerful feeling, dark noted cigar.

Approaching the midpoint the ash is still intact. The espresso notes have given way a bit and you get more of the sweet, buttery cedar. There are now some dry wood notes which seem to be taking away the earthiness. There is also some butter on the finish to go along with the sweet cream. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. The burn is laser perfect.

The cigar stayed true with the flavors to the end; sweet, buttery cedar, dry wood, and espresso. The cigar hit full bodied just past the midpoint. The ash in the previous segment reached over 2 inches before it fell off naturally. This has been a very good cigar but I am unsure it it's a regular production cigar. If it is it's a great short smoke at about 50 minutes. I loved the espresso and buttery cedar flavors. This would probably make a great after dinner cigar. Look for these on shelves.

Score: 92

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