Just looking at this beast you know that it will be something special. To start, this bad boy has eight (yes, eight!) types of Nicaraguan tobacco varieties from Jalapa and Esteli combined with Dominican Criollo ’98, Dominican Corojo, and a rare Dominican leaf known as Negrita Canca Habano. So much tobacco that it has to have two thick binders, a Criollo ’98 and Brazilian Habano. Finishing off this beast is a dark, oily, and sultry Dominican Habano wrapper. All of this gives the cigar an amazing core flavor profile of oak and leather with hints of roasted coffee bean, black tobacco, and a lingering cinnamon sweetness. While smoking this medium to full bodied cigar you may also notice the generous amounts of rich and strong smoke with an incredibly even burn. Enjoy the Pinar del Rio Reserve Double Magnum with a Bloody Mary.
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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