Pinar Del Rio Small Batch Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, May 1, 2011
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Pinar Del Rio Small Batch Cigar Review

This 6×46 corona gorda cigar features a dark brown wrapper with small and medium veins, a firm and lumpy appearance with a very oily smooth feel and sweet soapy aroma. This cigar was produced exclusively for the online forum community in 2010. First light reveals a perfect draw and tons of thick rich smoke. Flavors are medium bodied with notes of a slight sweetness and creme, dry nuts and tobacco with a dry earthy finish. The first third develops to a creamy leather with a good bit of black pepper that especially comes in on the finish, leaving a very oily zingy wash in the mouth. The smoke output is still great but not as thick as the very start and the draw is very loose. 15 minutes in to the first third flavors shift to a medium-full body showing a very creamy, sweet milk chocolate, keeping the nice zingy pepper. around the 20 minute mark the cigar lost almost all flavor and smoke output, although the draw and burn were still fine. 25 minutes in it bounced back to a medium-full body and full smoke output, the flavors shifting to a general earth and tasty bread replacing the chocolate. 40 minutes in closing out the 2nd third, the chocolate flavor ramps up with the cream again on the draw, the finish just going with the pepper and zing. Ending at 1:05 the last third shifted to a drier cocoa flavor, losing most of the creme. Towards the last inch it started getting very hot, shifting flavors to a warm nuttiness and pepper. Thank you very much to YouTube subscriber Megladon8 for generously sending me this to try out!

  • 777xenos

    Bryan, perhaps it was the contrast in the video or maybe the lighting, but it seems the ash on this cigar was exceedingly white. Did you notice it?

  • It was pretty white especially against the very dark wrapper.

  • Bryan,

    You mentioned having a few other cigars in the past with the “spice/pepper and chocolate” flavors? If you could, please share a couple other cigars you’ve had with those flavor combinations (one of my favorites).

    Thanks, I appreciate any recommendations you can provide.

    P.S. You have a great site and I enjoy the reviews. I’ve been enjoying fine handmade bundles of relaxation for a few years now and I enjoy the reviews and recommendations. Although each cigar can differ from year to year (and box to box) the reviews are an excellent base of reference and I appreciate the time and energy to create the informational database.

    • The names escape me but I can try searching through the site. I remember even mentioning it before though, I know they are here somewhere! lol I’m actually working on a way to drill down flavors in sticks through the site to make this kind of thing easier. I am getting bombarded by such requests lately.

      • Sounds good, no rush though. When you get around to it (or) happen to think of one you might mention it.

  • orousso

    Nice review, I find that chocolate and pepper go hand in hand when it comes to cigars just as they do for real chocolate. Nothing beats a nice dark chocolate that has some red peppercorn in it. Skeptical until you try it! Cheers and keep puffing!

  • vic

    I really appreciate this review. I have not had much luck with PDR cigars. I love coffee, chocolate, and creamy flavors – will try and hunt some of these down.


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