May 2011

PDR 1878 Reserva Dominicana Capa Oscura 

Any cigar that gets its name from the Pinar del Rio region of Cuba better be able to hold up to the name and I believe these cigars do. The PDR 1878 lines are two of the newest releases from the company and what a treat they are. Made in the Dominican Republic these cigars are beautifully made and utilize great tobacco.  I decided to smoke the double robusto format in the two lines and they measure 5 ½” with a 54 ring gauge. Each cigar has a wonderful pigtail cap and the Reserva Dominicana has a large shaggy foot. I don’t know if the pigtail and shaggy foot are making a comeback or not but I love having them on a cigar. 

PDR 1878 Cubano Especial Capa Madura

The Cubano Especial Capa Madura line, black bands, utilizes an Arapiraca Maduro wrapper from Brazil that was harvested in 2007, a Criollo ’98 binder from the Dominican and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The cigar has a beautiful dark wrapper that has wonderful aromas of spice, coffee and barnyard. 

PDR 1878 Cubano Especial

The Reserva Dominicana Capa Oscura is a Dominican puro that utilizes a Habano Oscuro wrapper with a Habano binder and Dominican fillers that are composed of Corojo, Habano and Criollo ’98. The wrapper is dark and marbled brown in color and has an enticing aroma of chocolate mint, leather and spices. 

PDR Reserva Dominicana

Right when the foot is lit on the Cubano Especial you are greeted with tons of coffee, black pepper and wood that I often get with a maduro wrapper from Arapiraca. The finish is very nice and lingers on your palate long after the puff. Further into the cigar notes of leather and cocoa become present and they play off the coffee and pepper well. This is much different than the Dominicana line with darker flavors and more body as well. The cigar stays constant with its flavors and as I draw on the closing mark and the flavor remains for some time on my palate.  

Shaggy Foot on Reserva Dominicana

As I light up the Reserva Dominicana I begin to pick up the aromas of the wrapper from the shaggy foot and it is of cocoa and mint. The initial puffs of the cigar are of spices, leather and that distinct chocolate mint I had from the aroma. The flavor profile continues like such until the end of the first third and the cigar is definitely medium-full in body. As I enter the second third the chocolate mint has dissipated and it predominantly wood, spicy and leathery. The cigar is burning true and the body is still going strong. Entering the final third I begin to pick up lots of café mocha notes that have a hint of spice and wood as well. The cigar burns beautifully and has an amazing flavor profile.

Finishing the Cubano Especial I found that the cigar was very enjoyable but I prefer the Reserva Dominicana more. This cigar definitely had a good amount of body to it and the flavors were nice with it as well. I would give this cigar an 89 and though I don’t prefer it over the other it is still equal in stature. This is a cigar that fans of maduro and full bodied cigars will love. 

It is no surprise to me that the Reserva Dominicana line is selling so fast at Havana Phil’s. The cigar has a great flavor and body profile to them and they are very wallet friendly. This is a great cigar to get a box of and have around. This is a cigar that I could smoke back to back and never be disappointed and be please. I give this cigar a 91 and look forward to picking up a few more and trying a different size also. 

Available at Havana Phil’s