In the cigar world, tributes are fairly common. Blends are made to commemorate anniversaries, people, legacies, and legends. And this treasure from Pinar del Rio, first released at 2013’s IPCPR, also happens to pay homage to someone pretty darn special. This handmade is meticulously crafted in honor of Abe Flores, the man you probably know as one of the best and brightest blenders in the business. Each one is crafted using a Dominican binder, a bevy of Nicaraguan Habano filler leaves, and topped in an extensively aged 2006 Dominican Corojo wrapper. The result is medium in body, rich, and creamy, plus with a limited run it has that whole “exclusive and elusive” thing going for it. Have your fill now, or thoroughly regret it later.
“In some ways this is a very fine cigar. Taste and aroma are excellent but the burn has something to be desired. The ash produces something that looks like a blooming flower. Otherwise, the draw and flavor are fabulous. Even with this strange burn quality, I would purchase them again.”