I have to say that PDR Cigars has wowed me with these latest offerings, and I am grateful to them and Vikki for considering me and sending me samples to try. I can’t help but review all of them, being as the fact they’ve all been that good. I see these latest releases being enjoyed by many a cigar smoker.
The AFR-75 is made with a Mexican San Andres wrapper, undisclosed binder, and fillers of, Nicaraguan Crillo ’98, Connecticut broadleaf, and Dominican tobaccos.
Construction and Pre-Light; 17/20
The AFR-75 had a toothy look and feel. A couple prominent veins, yet pretty well hidden wrapper seams. The cigar felt well packed, offering no soft spots. The band was especially catchy. A sniff of the cigar offered up some chocolate goodness with a slight spice and earth. The foot gave much of the same. A straight cut to the cap and the dry draw was of dark chocolate, spice, and coffee notes.
The AFR-75 opened up with a beautiful medley of coffee and cocoa. These two prominent flavors were a the perfect accentuation to one another. Presenting itself was also a nice slight note of spice giving the cigar just the right tingle. The cocoa and coffee were the most prominent flavors for most of the cigar experience. At times these core flavors came together and formed a mocha/ creamy sensation that was extremely enjoyable. I’d venture to say that this cigar is a good presentation of what a really good maduro should be. The second and final thirds didn’t really offer too much of a change in complexity, rather just a continual enjoyment of the core flavors of the cigar, at times leaning more towards the coffee, and then the cocoa, and of course vice/versa.
Draw, Burn, & Ash;
The draw was perfect, from beginning to end no issues, and plenty of flavorful smoke. 20/20
The burn was almost perfect. Somewhere in the second third I got a little uneven spots, but never too drastic. 17/20
The ash was superb. Strong with a salt and pepper look, and held on for a good length of the cigar. 20/20
I enjoyed this cigar very much. As I stated, I feel it is a great representation of a good maduro. As far as complexity goes, it doesn’t really offer much in transitions, but makes up for it with spectacular flavors that are a constant from beginning to end. The construction of the cigar is also a testament to the care put into these cigars. The draw, burn, and ash all offer the same compliment. I see a lot more of these in my future. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan
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