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While I hate to part with more than five bucks a stick when I buy a box, this one is really worth it!
Great appearance / fine construction / good full flavor without being over the top / complex and changing throughout the smoke / yet not so demanding of one's attention where one can't enjoy one while doing something in addition to savoring it.
I got two bundles of these on a special, and the great price I paid made them even more special. Typical of all the Pinar del Rios I have smoked, these have been nothing short of fantastic!! They are well constructed and have only had one cigar out of them all that I had to keep relighting. The robustos all lasted at least 45 minutes. The product description is exactly what I got. Waiting to see how the ones which are aging in the humidor will develop over time. Can't wait to try the other small batch smokes.
The 1st review of the Pinar del Rio Small Batch Reserve Habano is here & the outlook is good. A true medium bodied smoke, that mellows as it burns, flavors of cedar, faint leather & cocoa abound. Perfect with coffee, the corojo fillers married to the reddish Habano Brazilian wrapper, had me inhaling every puff. Smooth & delicious, this cigar receives 3 1/2 vitolas. Only because the asking price is $6.70, which is over my strict $5.00 limit. Considering I got this in a freebie & invested a whopping $1.50, that rating jumps to 4 1/2 vitolas, out of a possible 5. The mild bodied lovers, may well find this a perfect upgrade in flavor & intensity, that their Connecticut & EMS wrappers lack.