The A Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Maduro is made by Pinar Del Rio, aka PDR Cigars. The wrapper is Ecuador Maduro. The binder is Nicaraguan Habano as is the filler. The construction is excellent. The shape is tightly boxed pressed which makes it interesting from the start. The chocolate colored wrapper was not exceptionally oily with a few veins present. This cigar just looked like it was meant for business. I’ve always been a fan of maduro cigars and I really looked forward to smoking this boy.
Cigar Touch and Feel
It had a very traditional label, gold lettering on a green, white and gold background, slightly embossed. Nothing fancy but still classy. The overall construction of the cigar was very good. The open end wasn’t as tightly packed as I would have expected but that is the only flaw I could see and it was easily corrected by just lighting the cigar. The cap was tight but cut very easily.
The pre-light draw gives you a definite maduro taste. Not an abundance of spice but a little bit of a creamy sweet taste and a distinctive coffee flavor. The aroma of the wrapper was the same as the taste, a slightly sweet fragrance.
Lets Get Started
First light provided a definite maduro flavor and the sweet coffee and slight chocolate comes through. The mixture gave it a bold taste but not an overpowering taste. It was an impressive mix of maduro and sweet coffee flavor. The exhale left you with a perfectly flavored strong taste.
The ash wasn’t as tight as it could have been but nothing I couldn’t control. This seemed to correct itself after about the first ½” in. The burn was even and consistent throughout.
At the one third point I found the cigar to be a pleasantly interesting cigar. The taste combinations were perfect if you enjoy a maduro cigar. The coffee stayed with it at this point. I started to get more of the chocolate taste the longer I smoked it.
The maduro taste does become a little more present in the last third as can be expected but nothing offensive. The coffee and chocolate taste pleasantly remain. It was still an excellent cigar at this point. I was very impressed with the construction, the draw, the burn and especially the taste. It was one of those cigars that I really hated to see it end. I found myself having to make a decision as to which was more important, the last 3/4” of the smoke or my moustache. I found it to be that good. I ended up finishing this cigar with a glass of Willett Straight Rye Whiskey over a couple cubes of ice and the two seemed like they were made for each other.
PDR Cigars A Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Maduro Overall Impression
This was a very fun cigar to smoke. It was between a medium and full body but I never felt it was a strong cigar. The combination of flavors was perfect. The box press holds its shape throughout and it becomes a little bit of a challenge to find a comfortable place to rest in your hand after a while but it adds to the mystique of the cigar.
I can tell you the smoke and aroma it produces makes it something you’re not going to be able to smoke in a crowd of non-smokers. I’ve always been amazed at how a pipe makes an enjoyable aroma but the taste never seems to emulate the smell. With this cigar it is just the opposite. The taste is excellent but the aroma it produces is incredibly strong.
Who’s It Fit
If you enjoy a maduro cigar I would definitely recommend this one. It is reasonable priced and very enjoyable. If you are looking to experiment with trying a maduro I think this would be a good one to try. It might be a little harsh for the first time maduro smoker but it is a good harsh. Just make sure you are in a well-ventilated area because this little thing will fill a room up with a strong maduro smell quickly.
PDR Cigars A Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Maduro Summing It Up
As you’re walking thru the cigar store you might easily overlook this cigar. The size and the label really aren’t impressive but don’t go by that. PDR Cigars are excellent for the price and it will make a good addition to any humidor.