Pinar del Rio is made in one of the best small factories in the Dominican Republic. PDR cigars are known for boutique charm and, more important, flavor. The Pinar del Rio Clasico utilizes a Connecticut Shade wrapper from Ecuador to overlay a blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers. The result is a smooth, creamy smoke thatâ€™s surprisingly flavorful. Though it offers a subtle start, with a slight pepper taste up front by the halfway point, this is a medium-bodied cigarâ€”a few notches above most Connecticuts in strength and a smoke that gets better and better towards the nub. Expect a smooth, well-rounded, slow burning smoke with tasty notes of oak, cream, nuts, and coffee. Our panelists felt these puppies were improved by resting them in the humidor a couple of weeks. Enjoy it with a chocolate stout or your favorite cup of coffee.
Though tobacco is indigenous to Hispaniola, the tobacco industry in the Dominican Republic existed in the shadow of Cuba’s dominance through the 1960s. When the exodus of Cuban cigar makers began in the wake of the revolution, many decided the Dominican Republic would be ideal for the resumption of their livelihoods. Unrest in Nicaragua in the 1980s fueled the Dominican cigar industry further. The country now makes more than half of the premium cigars imported into the U.S.
The Cibao Valley and the nearby city of Santiago are the center of cigar production in the Dominican Republic. Three main varieties are grown here: the mild and native Olor Dominicano; the intense Piloto Cubano, brought from the Vuelta Abajo of Cuba; and San Vicente, a milder and more acidic Piloto hybrid. Dominican puros were once unheard of as it was widely thought impossible to grow quality wrapper leaf on the island, but new growing techniques are now allowing some exceptional puros to be produced.
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Our purchasing power allows us to offer exceptional reorder values on highly rated cigars such as
Rocky Patel's Decade Torpedo, rated 95 in Cigar Aficionado.