March 01, 2015

Flores y Rodriguez 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada Robusto (4 1/2 x 52)

Video review HERE.

The Flores y Rodriguez 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada scommemorate the 10 year anniversary of the PDR Cigars.  It debuted at the 2014 IPCPR in Las Vegas.

The cigar will celebrate ten years of the collaboration between Abe Flores and the Rodriguez brothers coming together to form the Pinar del Rio brand.

“We’re really excited about the release of the FyR Reserva Limitada. It gives us a great sense of pride to have been making cigars for 10 years now. I’ve learned a lot over these years and I continue to work hard to be the best cigar maker I can be. Having produced several cigars that made last year’s Top 25 I feel that we have to work even harder”, saids Abe Flores of PDR Cigars in a press release.

Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Binder: Dominican Olor
Filler: Piloto Cubano (7 Year Old), Nicaraguan Jalapa

Vitolas available:
Robusto: 5 x 52 (SRP $9.00) (REVIEWED TODAY; my sample measured 4 1/2")
Grand Toro: 6 x 54 (SRP $10.00)
Wide Churchill: 5 1/8 x 58 (SRP $11.00)

The wrapper is a beautiful reddish brown color. The cigar has a nice density for a short cigar.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were a boysenberry/sweet cedar mix with red pepper. I rate the red pepper at a 7.5. The finish was a roasted almond with some lingering red pepper. The cigar is medium bodied and I can see it moving up later. It's a nice, sweet mix to start.

About 3/4 inch in there is some buttery notes mixes in with the boysenberry and cedar. The sweetness is elevated. The cigar is still medium bodied but it's moving up. The finish is now a cream base with some influence of the roasted almonds. The improved sweetness was nice.

At the lower band the red pepper is now a black pepper. The sweetness and buttery notes are elevated. This is one of those cigars that you must smoke slowly to get the full effect. 

The cigar ended with more sweet cedar notes rather than boysenberry notes. There were also some dry wood notes which took away some of the buttery notes. The black pepper rally came out on the finish from the final third onward. The cigar ended at medium to full bodied. It burned almost perfectly. This has been a very good cigar and it was new to me. I am happy to have obtained them at the Big Smoke. Look for them in your local shop. You won't be disappointed.

Score: 92

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