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Foundry Tobacco Company Presents Temple Hall Estates

Foundry Tobacco Company Presents Temple Hall Estates

History takes many forms, from words in books to stories handed down through generations. Foundry Tobacco Company’s new Temple Hall Estates collection is a story of heritage, best told through smoke.
The Temple Hall Cigar Factory was born of necessity. During WWII, England needed to keep its currency within the commonwealth to support the war effort. As the Brits were among the world’s largest buyers of Cuban cigars at that time, many Cuban cigar masters expatriated to British-held Jamaica to continue to supply this important market. The Temple Hall cigar factory quickly became a big-time player. Years later, when the Castro regime took control of Cuba, Ramón Cifuentes, the father of Partagas, assumed the day-to-day operation of the factory. His legendary attention to detail and exacting standards quickly put Temple Hall on the map, and it became known as one of the world’s premier cigar factories.
When the Temple Hall factory was acquired by General Cigar in the 1960s, Edgar Cullman, then chairman of the company, saw tremendous promise in Ramón and ultimately transferred him to the Dominican Republic where he played a pivotal role in developing the company’s strict standards for cigar making and quality assurance.
Justin Andrews, sales manager for Foundry Tobacco Company had this to day about the brand, “Temple Hall Estates pays homage to the factory in Jamaica, and the people who shared Ramón Cifuentes’ love for the art of cigar making. This new line is made in Santiago, DR, according to the techniques set forth at Temple Hall by Ramón.”
A silky, elegant, and flavorful smoke reminiscent of the cigars crafted at Temple Hall under the tutelage of Ramón Cifuentes, Temple Hall Estates is made with a Connecticut Shade wrapper over a Mexican San Andrean binder. Proprietary Dominican Piloto Cubano leaves grown in Mao, DR and harvested from all three grades (volado, seco and ligero) and Mexican San Andrean long fillers round out the blend and deliver enticing notes of earth and cedar.
Andrews noted, Temple Hall Estates rounds out the Foundry Tobacco Company portfolio by offering a mild, smooth-smoking cigar not previously represented in the FTC Heritage Series which includes Ramón Allones and Bolivar.”
Temple Hall Estates is available in four classic sizes listed below, and is now shipping to cigar retailers across the U.S. The brand will be supported with in-store educational events beginning in March and taking place at cigar shops across the country.
5.5 x 49 – SRP per cigar is $6.99
6 x 50 – SRP per cigar is $7.49
5.25 x 54 – SRP per cigar is $7.99
7.5 x 49 – SRP per cigar is $8.49
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Epicurean Cigars Gonzo Santeria Cigar Review

Gonzo Santeria

I’m pretty sure Gary’s trying to put a spell on me, as a matter of fact on the cigar industry as a whole. Steven Ysidron has aided him with the creation of the Epicurean Gonzo Santeria. It’s no secret that the House of Emilio has become a powerhouse with a portfolio that will knock your socks off. So how do you think the addition of this cigar will do? Read on for my personal opinion of it…

Background;

The Epicurean Cigars Gonzo Santeria is a Nicaraguan cigar composed of a San Andres Wrapper, Double Binder of San Andres and Jalapa, and the filler consists of 2009 Nicaraguan Jalapa and Condega. The cigar is of course distributed by the House of Emilio and available on the Cigar Fed Store.

Construction & Pre Light;

I smoked the Heina, 6×52 box-pressed Toro for this review. The cigar displayed some visible veins and wrapper seams, no soft spots. A sniff of it offered some spice and cocoa on the nose. The foot gave a bit more spice, cocoa, and earthy tones. Lighting was a cinch on I was off…

Flavor;

The Santeria started off with primary notes of coffee, cocoa and earth. Also present were subtle notes of pepper spice and a dried fruit note. The pepper was a little more noticeable on the retrohale. The coffee, cocoa, and earth were the most prominent throughout the first third for me, coca being the lesser of the flavors. The pepper and dried fruit were there but stayed in the background.

The second third saw a rise in the pepper spice and coca. These flavors replaced the dried fruit which had faded into the background. I picked up extremely slight notes of the fruit here and there but it had all but gone later in this third. The cocoa, pepper, and earth became the primary players in the second third, with the coffee following a close second.

The final third saw the earth, spice, and coffee become the primary notes. The fruit, and coca were all but a memory. The cigar was a definite nub-worthy smoke.

Draw, Burn, & Ash;

The draw was great from beginning to end. Never too loose or too tight. Great smoke output.

The burn was excellent. Not exactly razor-sharp, but nothing that required any attention.

The ash held strong for about an inch or so in, after that it only yielded to my tap of the ashtray.

Conclusion;

Epicurean cigars has a home run of a cigar here. The complexity, flavor, and strength were all superb. It kept things interesting from foot to nub. I look forward to getting some more of these to enjoy in what hopefully will be upcoming cigar-friendly weather. The only issue I have is the 50 count box. I’m personally not one to buy more than a box of 20 or so at a time, but that’s me. I will without a doubt be purchasing a couple of 5 packs to smoke and stash away to see what age does. The House of Emilio has a great addition to their already robust portfolio with the Gonzo Santeria. Again don’t forget their available on the Cigar Federation Store. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

The Greek’s Scales of Justice;

Final Score;

92

 

Nomad Connecticut Fuerte Cigar Review

Nomad Connecticut

If you still haven’t gotten to know the superb company that is Nomad Cigar Company, I’m not sure why you still smoke cigars. Stop now, you’re not paying enough attention. Having smoked and enjoyed every cigar Fred has come out with, I was unsurprisingly anticipating smoking the Connecticut Fuerte. Add to the fact that this cigar was to add some kick to the light side of Connecticuts and my excitement grew more. Read on for my thoughts…

Background;

The Connecticut Fuerte is of course by Nomad Cigar Company and a member of, and distributed by the House of Emilio. If you’re looking for some, look no further, Cigar Fed Store. The cigar is composed of an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Ecuadorian Habano binder, and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

Construction & Pre Light;

The Connecticut Fuerte is a beautiful looking cigar. There are a few noticeable veins, and very faint wrapper seams. It is packed well and gives off a barnyard type aroma along with a faint sweet tobacco note. The foot gives some spice and wood. A straight cut to the cap yields a dry draw of sweet tobacco and nuts.

Flavor;

The Connecticut Fuerte started off with some delicious nutty notes accompanied  by a slight pepper spice. It gave a beautifully creamy sensation with just the right kick to it. Throughout the first third the nut and spice were present along with notes of wood and sweet tobacco here and there.

The second third brought the wood and sweet tobacco notes more to the forefront. The nutty notes were still present. The spice also kicked up a tad in this third. The creamy sensation also stayed in play adding such a tasteful accent to this already enjoyable cigar.

The final third saw the nutty notes and pepper stay as the dominant notes. The cream was still there but a little more faint. Nubbing this was a must and a pleasure.

Draw, Burn, and Ash;

The draw was absolutely phenomenal. A plentiful amount of smoke on each pull. Was never too tight or too loose.

The burn was as I’ve decided to deem it; “The Nomad Coefficient.” It was as splendid as most of the Nomads I’ve enjoyed. Just about razor-sharp from beginning to end.

The ash was as strong as they come, showing off the craftsmanship of this cigar. Stellar!

Conclusion;

It’s no secret that Nomad Cigar Company has found the secret to success. I personally have been impressed with every offering in their portfolio. Fred’s cigars have made my top of the year lists and I doubt this will change. As for this cigar, it was absolutely splendid. It was a bit stronger than a normal Connecticut, but not terribly stronger. It definitely, in my humble opinion, is one of the best Connecticuts I’ve enjoyed. I’ve already placed a box purchase with the Cigar Federation Store as I see it becoming a normal smoke in my rotation. Usually when I think of a Connecticut, its reserved for morning or early afternoon. Not the case here. I see myself being able to enjoy it at any time of the day. The flavor throughout the cigar makes it an excellent experience and a compliment to Nomads already exceptional repertoire.

The Greek’s Scales of Justice;

Final Score;

93

 

 

Bodega Premium Blends Digestivo Cigar Review

Bodega Digestivo

If you’re a social media buff, especially twitter, you’ve definitely heard of this company and more likely its founders. Gino, (@Cigar_G) is a name you’ve probably heard and interacted with. I personally have had many interactions with him as well as the rest of the Bodega Family, which is also why I have a great amount of respect for this company. The family aspect. Their credo embraces the great philosophy that is a part of the cigar lifestyle. Read about it here. Read on for my experience with the Digestivo.

Background;

Bodega Premium Blends is a Canadian based company. The company’s cigars are under the distribution flag of the House of Emilio. Bodega Cigars are selling on the Cigar Federation Store.

Construction & Pre-light;

The cigar felt well packed from top to bottom. There were minimal veins, and hard to detect wrapper seams. The Digestivo consists of a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper, binder and fillers from Nicaragua. The cigar gave off a nice cocoa and earthy smell, with the foot consisting of cocoa, earth, and spice. A straight cut to the cap yielded much of the same flavors.

Flavor;

The Digestivo started out with a healthy dose of pepper, accompanied by notes of cocoa and a slight coffee presence. After the first initial puffs, the pepper mellowed into a nice milder kick. The cocoa and coffee notes were the main players. The cigar had a nice full profile going on.

The second third stayed true to the cocoa, yet presented in more of a dark chocolate form. The pepper was a tad “weaker,” for lack of a better word. An addition in this third was leather. It added a nice bold feel to an already bold cigar.

The final third kept up with the dark chocolate and leather. The pepper was strictly on the retrohale and almost gone all together. The Digestivo kept me interested to the last. Nubbing it was a must. At the nub I did feel that I detected a slight soft feel taking over the cigar but never proved to be anything troublesome.

Draw, Burn, & Ash;

The draw was effortless and produced a gorgeous amount of aromatic smoke.

The burn was fantastic. I can report one touch up, maybe two, but no relights at all.

The ash was strong and held firm. Nice and tight like G likes them. 😉

Conclusion;

I love the whole idea behind an appetizer and after dinner cigar. I can’t say that I usually get the chance to do both but I sure won’t have a problem trying. if you want to look at it in order I started backwards, but its ok it goes with my personality I guess. The Digestivo was a flavorful, well constructed introduction to the line for me. Knowing the Bodega family’s passion for tasty cigars, food, and beverage I had high hopes. The Digestivo didn’t fail to meet my expectations. The whole experience encapsulated, for me, the idea behind Bodega’s philosophy of the lifestyle. Try them my friends, I don’t think you’ll disagree. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

The Greek’s Scales Of Justice;

Final Score

92

 

 

 

Reinado Cigars Grand Empire Reserve Cigar Review

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A recent exchange with Antonio Lam brought me to the Reinado Cigars website in order to purchase some of these, as they’ve been tough for me to find. Another gift came from my good brother Matt Ross of the Cigar Federation. The subject of this review will be the box pressed robusto, which I purchased direct from the site. I didn’t buy enough…

Background;

The Reinado GER consists of a Nicaraguan select maduro wrapper, binder and filler both Nicaraguan.

Construction & Pre-Light;

The cigar is a beautifully presented box press. There were a one or two prominent veins and very slight wrapper seams. A sniff of the GER offers sweet notes, pepper, and wood. The foot gave more pepper and sweet notes that seemed a little more cocoa like.  A straight cut to the cap and the dry draw gave wood, pepper, and sweet notes.

Flavor;

The GER began with a wonderful mix of black pepper, light wood notes, and a sweetness that was creamy but also offered a cocoa sense to it. The first third stayed true to these flavors, the pepper being the dominant note throughout. At times the cocoa stood out a tad more yielding the more sweet dynamic but the pepper was always the most notable in this third.

The second third saw the pepper become milder and the cocoa sweetness played a more up front role. Notable as well was the wood notes which became deeper in the flavor profile. It was a really rich sensation that when mixed with the sweetness offered a wonderful creamy sensation then punctuated by the pepper giving it a nice zing.

The final third saw the pepper increase a bit but then settle to the more milder note from the second third. The wood notes were still deep yet the sweetness backed off a little. I also thought I picked up a note of leather in a couple of the cigars I smoked. Smoking this to the nub is a must, and a crime if not done so.

Draw, Burn, & Ash;

In a few of the cigars the draw was a little tough in the beginning but evened out. After that it was perfect. Plenty of smoke with not too much work.

The burn was superbly sharp. It was an absolute example of perfect burn.

The ash as well was firm and held for most of the cigar. Again superb.

Conclusion;

The Reinado GER is one for the books. The complexity of this cigar is absolutely astounding. The flavors all play a role that makes the experience a flavorful and memorable one. I would love to see what some age does to these, although I’m sure I already have an idea. The only problem I see is being able to hold onto them long enough to age. There just too good to pass by. Try them my friends, you won’t be sorry. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

The Greek’s Scales Of Justice

Final Score

94

 

Headley Grange Drumstick Limited Edition Cigar Review

Headley Grange Drumstick

Let me start by saying how much I love a good lancero. With the delicious blends that have been introduced by The Crowned Heads over the past couple years I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these. A heads up as well, my final score will be on the bottom as usual but I’ve decided to do away with numbers next to each section. If you’re interested look at the Scales of Justice page for my breakdown.

Background;

The Drumstick is manufactured at Ernesto Perez Carrillo’s Tabacalera La Alianza in the Dominican Republic. Interestingly enough this is the first lancero to come out said factory. The cigar is comprised of an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, binder and fillers both being Nicaraguan.

Construction and Pre-Light;

The drumstick has small veins present throughout, giving it a rustic look and feel. The cigar is packed extremely well offering no soft spots. It is really a beautiful representation of a lancero topped with the perfect pigtail. A pre-light sniff offered up some nuts, wood notes, a slight coffee note, and a little spice. I almost opted to just pull the pigtail but being a creature of habit I gave it the good old straight cut. The dry draw gave me more nutty notes, wood, a slight leather, and spice.

Flavor;

The Drumstick starts out beautifully. The cigar offers wonderful flavors of nutty notes, wood, and a spice note that is just right. Throughout the first third these notes were the most prevalent. At times I picked up a slight coffee sensation. The nut and wood notes blended so perfectly forming the most delicious profile topped off by the spice note at the end and through the nose.

The second third continued with the nut and wood. In this third I also picked up a note of hay breaking through from time to time. along with that the coffee was also a tad more noticeable than the first third. The flavor profile to this point had been absolutely outstanding. The dominance of nutty, wood, and spice notes accompanied by the introduction of coffee and hay gives this cigar a really unique twist. A tasty twist at that.

The final third saw yet another introduction of leather to the profile. In many cigars I’ve usually noticed that the core flavors begin to diminish in the final, not the case here. The wood, nut, and spice notes added with the leather remained till the very end. A nubbable cigar if there ever was one.

Draw, Burn, & Ash;

The draw was fabulous from beginning to end. No complaints from me.

The burn was almost razor-sharp throughout my experience. Towards the very end the cigar seemed to lose a little of the burn and putter out, but again this took place at the end.

The ash was great. Strong yet at times seemed as though it may fall easily but surprised me by holding on. It wasn’t the strongest I’ve encountered but not the weakest either.

Conclusion;

Jon Huber is quoted as saying that he wanted to produce a cigar that hit like the drums from the song “When the levee breaks” by Led Zeppelin. In my most humble opinion he has, along with the master blending skills of E.P. Carrillo, attained this goal. The Headley Grange Drumstick’s flavors resonate on the palate as does beautiful music in the ears and soul. It is a fantastic cigar presented in the sometimes difficult vitola of lancero. One of the best I’ve had the pleasure to smoke. It is absolutely box-worthy and I’d suggest at least that being as they are limited. I’ve already gone through half a box and just today ordered one from Smoke Inn. Try it my friends, you’ll love it. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

The Greek’s Scales of Justice;

Final Score;

94

 

 

 

 

Nomad S-307 Cigar Review

Nomad S-307

 

If there’s anything one can respect about a company, it’s when they continually produce a product that doesn’t disappoint. Owner of Nomad Cigar Company Fred Rewey seems to me, the type of person that understands this philosophy and embraces it. I reviewed the Esteli Lot 1386 a while back. That being the first step into Nicaraguan cigars rather than the usual Dominican from Nomad, proved worthwhile, producing a cigar that was different from the original lines yet just as excellent. The S-307, subject of this review, marks the second Nicaraguan blend by Nomad and also adds another dynamic, box-pressed. Also notable is the S, meaning Sumatra.

Background;

The Nomad S-307 is manufactured in the factory Of AJ Fernandez in Nicaragua and distributed by The House of Emilio. As previously mentioned the “S” stands for Sumatra, and the “307” references the square miles of Esteli. It is available in three vitolas; Toro, Robusto, and Torpedo, the Toro being subject of this review.

Construction & Pre-Light; 18/20

The S-307 as stated is a box pressed cigar. It sports an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Ecuadorian Habano binder, and Nicaraguan filler. There were no visible veins in the two I smoked. Slightly noticeable wrapper seams were present yet not terribly noticeable. Pre-light sniff offered some sweet notes, spice, and coffee notes. A whiff of the foot offered some natural tobacco, spice, and a hint of sweetness. A straight cut to the cap and the dry draw gave me natural tobacco, sweet notes, and slight pepper spice.

Flavor; 19/20

The S-307 started up with some notes of wood and sweet floral hints. On the back of things was a very slight pepper. The wood and sweet notes were the primary players throughout the first third of the cigar. At times I picked up some notes of coffee as well.

The second third continued with the sweet notes, wood, and coffee. There also seemed to be some natural tobacco flavors in play. The pepper became a tad more evident but never very strong. Here and there I also thought that some leather was noticeable. I’ll have to try to smoke some more of these to check my notes. It won’t be hard, trust me.

The final third stayed true to the woody, sweet profile. The pepper stayed at a nice even level keeping the cigar nice and smooth. The coffee was pretty much an after thought, although I thought I still noticed it from time to time. The cigar is a must nubber and delicious to the very end.

Draw, Burn, & Ash;

The draw was absolutely perfect. Plenty of great smoke from pull to pull. 20/20

The burn for the most part was nice and even. I noticed some wavy moments in the second third but nothing that got out of hand. 17/20

The ash throughout the first third was perfect. In the second third it seemed a tad less strong but nothing that caused problems. 18/20

Conclusion;

Nomad Cigar Company has definitely become one of my favorite companies. The continuing devotion to excellence speaks volumes of Fred’s character and caring for his lines. The result of his hard work and enthusiasm shows in his offerings. I’ve said in a tweet that I’ve never met a Nomad I didn’t like, I’m glad it has stayed that way and have high hopes for the future. This is another box-worthy cigar from Nomad. Try it you won’t be sorry. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

The Greek’s Scale of Justice

Final Score 

92

Draig Cayuquero by Emilio Cigars Review

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It’s always fun when an original is followed by a sequel. Name a few of your favorites and apply accordingly. To date I’ve smoked many an Emilio cigar, and have yet to be disappointed. The Draig Cayuquero kept with this tradition.

Background;

As with most of Gary’s releases, and in addition to the story behind the first Draig K release, The Cayuquero also comes with its own tribute. From Gary’s facebook page; “There is a small town in the far western part of Pinar del Rio, Cuba, called El Cayuco. Some of the locals are known as “Cayuqueros” which translates loosely to “trouble makers”. One of these problem children is a dear friend, and in his honor I am announcing that this year’s Draig Limitado will be a joint effort with Noel Rojas.”

The Draig Cayuquero is presented in a wrapper of Brazilian Arapirica, binder and fillers being Nicaraguan.

Construction & Pre-light; 17/20

The Cayuquero has a toothy look and feel. A few veins were present and some visible wrapper seams. The cigar also seemed to have a sort of sheen to it, not oily, but a noticeable sheen. I don’t know how else to explain it. It felt packed well. A sniff of the cigar offered wood, spice, and some sweet notes. The foot also gave me some wood, spice, and sweetness. A straight cut to the cap and the dry draw was of wood, pepper, leather, and sweet notes.

Flavor; 19/20

The Cayuquero started out with a nice shot of pepper on the forefront. Along with the pepper were some solid wood notes and a hint of sweetness. I couldn’t pinpoint the sweetness as of yet but it was there adding a nice dynamic to the experience. Later in the first third the pepper notes yielded a bit and the flavor was more of a balance between the pepper, wood, and sweet notes which now seemed a bit more floral.

The second third saw the pepper decrease a tad more, now reserving itself to the back of the throat and on the retro hale. The floral sweetness was now more evident along with the wood notes. At times through the second third leather had a go at the profile.

The final third was as smooth and enjoyable as they come. The wood and floral notes were almost memories as the profile eased more towards the leather and pepper. At no time was the strength too much to handle and the cigar finished nicely cool and perfect to the nub.

Draw, Burn, & Ash;

The draw was splendid. I found no problems with it whatsoever. Each puff offered an ample amount of smoke. 20/20

The burn for the most part was great. there were times where it got wavy and I began to worry but it corrected itself without the need for lighter shots. 17/20

The ash was superb. Dark gray and strong. It held on till at least the halfway point. 20/20

Conclusion;

The Empire Strikes Back comes to mind as a sequel to compare to this one. Granted some may not think so as the original Draig K was so different from the industry standard, yet this release has its uniqueness as well, putting it in good company with the original. I dare say I enjoyed the Cayuquer0 a little more than the K. Then again in my circles I’m known as a trouble maker as well. maybe that’s the appeal. All in all the cigar is a flavorful journey through the creative mind of its maker, and his cohorts. The House of Emilio continues to produce excellent blends and partnerships that should appeal to all smokers. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

The Greek’s Scale Of Justice;

Final Score;

93

 

AFR -75 Cigar Review

AFR 75

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.

Background;

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.

Flavor; 17/20

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

Conclusion;

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

The Greek’s Scales of Justice;

Final Score;

91

 

 

A. Flores Gran Reserva Robusto Cigar Review

A. Flores

This cigar is the second I’ve decided to delve into after my recent shipment from the lovely Vikki of PDR CIgars. In reading a review by fellow brother Seth of Seth’s Humidor, my interest was piqued. It was time to take this beauty out and start a fire…

Background;

The A. Flores Gran Reserva are manufactured at PDR Cigars factory in the Dominican Republic. The cigar sports a Dominican Corojo 2006 wrapper, undisclosed binder, and fillers of Dominican Corojo and Nicaraguan Habano.

Construction & Pre-light; 18/20

The Gran Reserva was a well put together cigar. It felt packed well, with maybe one faint vein I detected. The wrapper seams were present, but hardly noticeable. A sniff of the cigar left me with sweet notes, spice, and coffee. The foot offered coffee, wood notes, and pepper. A straight cut to the cap and the dry draw gave sweet notes, wood, and pepper.

Flavor; 20/20

The cigar began with immediate notes of pepper, and cedar from the first few puffs. A little ways into the first third I began to detect some of the sweetness noted from the aroma. It took form as cocoa notes. Progression through the first third was a lovely journey of flavor that would change throughout the experience. The first third consisted of the pepper, cedar, cocoa, and at times, coffee was present.

The second third is where leather notes became more of a factor in my experience. The cedar and cocoa had backed off a tad, but the pepper was still a key player, especially through the nose. I didn’t note a great presence of coffee in the second third.  As the second third progressed the cedar became a little more prevalent once again. The combination of cedar, pepper, and leather at times seemed to take form in a creamy sensation. To this point the A. Flores Gran Reserva has been a flavor bomb, and extremely enjoyable.

The final third was a great finish to this tasteful journey. The leather and pepper were the primary notes, and at times the sweetness came through to offer an extra smoothness to the blend. Nubbing this cigar was not a problem, and felt like a crime not to!

Draw, Burn, & Ash

The draw was almost flawless. There were one or two spots that it got a little tight for me, but nothing that ever gave me a lot of trouble. 18/20

The burn was almost razor-sharp throughout the cigar. There was one spot, somewhere in the second third, that it got a tad wavy for me, but again, nothing that got out of hand. 17/20

The ash was exemplary. It remained tight and held on for much of the cigar.  20/20

Conclusion;

I dare agree with my brother Seth in saying that this may be the best cigar PDR has released. It is an absolute flavor bomb from foot to nub. Put this together with splendid construction, great draw, burn, and ash and PDR has a home run of an offering here. I can see pairing this with coffee, a refreshing drink in the afternoon, or your favorite beverage in the evening. I for one am looking forward to purchasing at least a box. I would love to see what some age will do to these cigars as well, if it is even possible to let the sit for that long. I venture a guess and say that this will be on a few COTY lists this year. Hint Hint. Look for it my friends, I don’t think you’ll be sorry! As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

The Greek’s Scales Of Justice;

Final Score;

93