Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pinar del Rio Exclusivo Reserva Limitada Review

Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper type: PA Broadleaf Maduro
Filler / Binder: Corojo, Dominican Republic, Havana 98 Criollo, Nicaragua, Brazil
Length: 6”
Ring: 54
Cost: $4.50

Appearance (0-20): The leathery exterior of the Reserva Limitada is very inviting. It’s a really smooth cigar with almost no blemishes, veins, etc. The band is also very well done with silver, bronze, and black being the excusive colors on it. This is done in very modest taste, and compliments the cigar overall. From the appearance alone, Pinar hit a home run on this.
Score: 19

Construction (0-20): I’ll keep this relatively short for you – it’s pretty well constructed. The tobacco was nearly evenly wrapped; it burned close to even throughout, little debris on the cut, and ashes that held on for an inch and a half or more at a time. Minor flaws were about all that could be found, but again it was solid.
Score: 18

Strength (0-20):  Billed as medium to full, I thought it fell below the full range, setting solidly in the medium range. It was very pleasant and balanced for where it sits.
Score: 17

Flavor (0-20): I have smoked 3 of these to give you the flavor profile, and the best I can get is it’s inconsistent. All three trials of this yielded an underlying taste of wood and leather.  However one cigar gave me secondary notes of chocolate and coffee, a second with coffee and pepper, and a third with chocolate and pepper. It was a good taste in all forms, but I wish there was a little more in terms of consistency. The first one I had (that gave notes of chocolate and coffee) also had a peppery finish to it that was very much understated. Honestly, that was my favorite of the 3 cigars.
Score: 16

Value (0-20): At $4.50 (or less in a pack), these are a damn good cigar for a fallback smoke / everyday smoke. I like the price, but of course would always be happy to see it for a hair less.
Score: 18

Additional Notes: Paired with iced tea on my deck.
Overall (0-100): There isn’t too much to dislike about this Pinar. I personally have had much of luck with the brand in the past, but this one seemed to be a good quality everyday type of smoke.  I consider this one to be a candidate for a low price bargain, given the flavor profile is a good one, even if it is a little bit inconsistent. I have seen these go for about $2.75 per stick for a box, which I think really is an awesome price. Regardless, its worth giving this Pinar del Rio a shot.
Score: 88

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