For this week’s group cigar review we sat down to smoke the PDR Exclusivo. As far as we can tell, this one is only sold online and you can get it CHEAP! As you know by now, that low price does not scare us away, especially considering we have had real good experiences with Pinar Del Rio in the past. After lighting this one up, we found this one to have a sweet coffee and nutty flavor with some pepper and spice. It was a fairly complex cigar with some transitions along the way. The construction was solid on it, no major problems for any of us. PDR has delivered a good cheap smoke again, no real surprise there. We all agreed, this is a must buy at this price, you will love it!
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
StraightUpCigars: This guy has a really unique smell. Sweet and nutty smell. I like it!
IamDarren: My cigar looks good. Nice and firmly packed. Some minimal veins but nothing bad. The cap is a little wonky but im going to be cutting most of it off anyway.
IamDarren: yeah it has a light almost floral smell. I am defenitely getting the nuttiness and some spice on the cold draw.
Terry1: Nice looking cigar. I get the typical barnyard on the wrapper. Cold draw is interesting. I can taste the floral you’re refering to. Draw is loose.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, draw is a little loose here too. I’m ready to light up!
StraightUpCigars: This one started off nice. Real smooth. Nutty and earthy with some pepper and spice on the finish.
StraightUpCigars: I’d call it medium bodied already.
IamDarren: agreed, a little sweetness up front followed by nuts and im getting a hint of coffee on the finish.
Terry1: My draw is like an open straw but the cigar is producing lots of smoke so hopefully it wont be a problem. I’m getting a dominant roasted nuts note along with the pepper and spice on the finish. The spice really hangs around. Makes my nose itch.
IamDarren: that sucks about the draw. Was your cigar firm. I noticed a few stems when i cut the cap. Maybe yours has a hole.
Terry1: The end of the cigar looks fine but maybe a hole will show up after I ash. The draw is actually getting better as the cigar heats up.
StraightUpCigars: My draw has actually improved, surprisingly.
Terry1: I’m getting a unique floral note off the resting smoke. I can smell it in the air. Either of you notice this?
IamDarren: now that you mention it yes, i can smell it. I think its in the draw flavor as well but is being masked.
StraightUpCigars: I do notice that. Very fragrant cigar.
IamDarren: if i let the cigar sit for awhile and then take a long slow draw i get more of that floral sweetness up front.
Terry1: My burn is already wandering and the quarter inch ash just fell off.
StraightUpCigars: I lost my first ash too, but the burn is dead nuts even.
IamDarren: i think this sucker might tend to burn fast as it is producing a lot of resting smoke and im already almost an inch in. Ash is still holding though.
StraightUpCigars: I took off the second band, and there is a LOT of glue. Oh well, the cigars tastes great
IamDarren: mine had quite a bit of glue as well but it was not stuck to the cigar wrapper and the main band acts like it could just slide off.
Terry1: Same here. No glue on the cigar.
IamDarren: just dropped the ash in the tray, a little over an inch.
StraightUpCigars: Mine left some glue on the wrapper. I feel like I am about halfway done already! This is a fast burner.
IamDarren: cigar is really mellowing out and getting sweeter. Spice has faded some.
Terry1: I’m about done with the first third. The flavors are changing a bit. The nuts are fading. I get more of that sweet floral note and the pepper although not as intense is starting to build in the back of my throat. I have to keep drinking water to reduce the irritation.
StraightUpCigars: Mine is building some bolder flavor. Coffee and dark chocolate. Big transition from where this one started off.
Terry1: I’m still trying to decide if I like this cigar or not. It’s got a unique flavor something I’m not used to.
IamDarren: im at the halfway point, i guess i do detect some underling strength. Its getting harder for me to detect it these days.
Terry1: I’m noticing the strength. Still in the medium range for me but we are only half way.
Terry1: Everytime I ash the wrapper stops burning, only the filler inside burns. I have to relight the wrapper to catch it up. Kind of annoying.
IamDarren: huh, i haven’t had any issues with the wrapper. I did notice my humi beads were a bit dry. Maybe this one needs to be dry boxed.
Terry1: This cigar was in my coolidor. Maybe the humidity is getting too high. I’ll have to check it later.
StraightUpCigars: I think you got the bum stick on this one. The construction on mine has been solid. I am liking the journey this one is taking us on flavor-wise.
IamDarren: agreed, i really like the flavor. The sweetness is nice and bright up front and then it switches over to coffee on the finish.
StraightUpCigars: Although I do agree on the pepper being unusually irritating to the sinuses.
IamDarren: i haven’t noticed it but i am sipping on cola.
IamDarren: band came of nice and easy
StraightUpCigars: Mine is still fairly mellow. I would have thought the pepper and spice would kick back in by now.
Terry1: Geez I looked up this blend to see where the floral is comming from, 8 different tobacco varieties in this. Quite the blending feat. No idea what’s producing what flavors.
IamDarren: lol, yeah that was one of the reasons i decided to get them. Sounded very interesting.
IamDarren: there is defenitely something to be said for blending Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. Kinda the best of both worlds.
Terry1: I agree on the cigar mellowing. I’m still getting the sweet floral notes and maybe some coffee. The pepper has faded almost to nothing.
StraightUpCigars: That’s a whole lot of good tobacco for a couple of bucks a stick.
IamDarren: i kinda feel bad for PDR. They make some great cigars at price points of the house blend sticks. But hey, i can’t complain. I will defenitely keep buying them.
Terry1: I didn’t get your last comment. Why do you feel bad for PDR?
IamDarren: well i think they would sell for a lot more. I’m sure they are very successful but all of their blends can be had for around 3 bucks a stick. AJ keeps releasing these 6-10 dollar sticks.
StraightUpCigars: I bet their cigars would sell well in B&Ms. I have never seen them there.
IamDarren: and plus they don’t grow a lot of their tobacco so they have to buy it and ship it to their factory. I think AJ own almost all of his own farms now.
StraightUpCigars: Mine is about finished up now. I just have a few more puffs. Honestly I am surprised it lasted this long. Not bad for a robusto that seemed to be burning quickly.
IamDarren: once mine started mellowing in the last half the burn seemed to slow down a bit. I still have almost an inch left and i am still really enjoying it.
Terry1: I’m liking the cigar more now that the pepper subsided. Nice sweet flavors. Strength is building in this final third.
IamDarren: btw, this is the robusto 5×52 and it looks to retail for about 4 bucks a stick. They must be popular becuase most of the sizes are backorered on cigarsinternational.
StraightUpCigars: I like this vitola. Lots of flavor and burned evenly. Did not become bitter at the end.
Terry1: Abe must have some great connections to buy eight different tobaccos, manufacture, ship and still be able to charge four bucks for this cigar. Amazing.
StraightUpCigars: Mine obviously burned a little fast, but an hour smoke time isn’t bad. That is an incredible price point. Funny thing is that they probably typically sell for half that!
IamDarren: yeah if you catch them on cbid they can be had for 2 to 3 bucks.
IamDarren: im pretty sure these are exclusive to cigarsintl and cigar.com as I have only seen them sold there. So i bet they got a bulk discount. Those online retailers move a lot of product.
IamDarren: almost finished here. Im at the nub, its a little hot and dry on the tounge but the flavors are still remarkably mellow.
Terry1: I’m at the nub too. And I agree the cigar never developed any bitterness. Same good flavors right to the end.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, this one was good. A real steal for this price.
StraightUpCigars: Before I forget to tell you, I am on vaca next week in WI, so no review for me. I can’t wait!
IamDarren: set it down in the tray. good timing too, the bugs are coming out now.
IamDarren: well after i finish my other two boxes of PDRs i will have to pick up some more of these.
Terry1: I’d like to try another and see if I still get the problems with the wrapper burning. I’m thinking either I had it overhumidified or the wrapper was just really oily and thick. Some age could help.
IamDarren: those Oscuros were that way too. the wrappers were really oily and burned crappy. After some age they have really improved.
StraightUpCigars: Good pick Darren!
IamDarren: thanks, i still have a couple left so i will be sure to send you one Terry.
Terry1: Thanks. I’ll look forward to trying another.