Over the past few years, few brands have shined as brightly as Pinar del Rio. Once a small brand, known only to a select few, the company has since blossomed into a legitimate contender in the cigar industry. And the good news is, despite their recent wave of success, they haven't missed a beat. The proof awaits in their newest creation, Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion.
The Flores y Rodriguez Cabinet Seleccion is a collaboration between Abe Flores and the Rodriguez brothers – the men at the helm of PDR. A small-batch production, each cigar is carefully crafted into two equally impressive formats, both brimming with a long-filler core of Dominican Vuelta Abajo tobaccos. The Habano is medium-bodied and comes dressed in a reddish brown Dominican Habano wrapper, boasting a slightly oily sheen and plenty of tooth. Each cigar yields dry hearty notes of leather, cedar, cream, pepper, and coffee. The maduro comes outfitted in a Dominican Habano maduro wrapper, patiently aged to achieve a rich even color and ample oils. This impressively dark cigar remains medium in body and serves up notes of cocoa, earth, chocolate, and gentle spices. Both highly worthy specimens, Flores y Rodriguez cigars are small-batch handmades you need to get your hands on - stat.
Flores y Rodriguez was recently awarded a well-deserved 95-rating from Cigar Journal. The reviewers noted: "A nutty mixture with milk and cinnamon, fresh mint and eucalyptus, to which are added earthy, roasted and leathery aromas. Spicy notes contrast with the fine sweetness of nougat and the creamy smoke is enhanced by a gentle acidity. This is the epitome of harmony and variety! A medium-bodied cigar."