Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Pinar Del Rio Clasico Cigar Review

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This cigar review is sponsored by Silo Cigars, home to rare cigars, aged cigars and hard to find boutique cigars.

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Abraham Flores and Juan Rodriguez of Pinar Del Rio cigars are just the latest cigar makers attempting to cater to the tastes of new smokers and lovers of mild bodied cigars. The Pinar Del Rio Clasico with Connecticut shade wrapper is their latest creation. The binder is Dominican and the filler is a combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos.

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This cigar is available in five sizes with prices ranging from $103.50 to $152.10 for a box of 25. My friends over at Silo Cigars provided me with a sample of the "Double Corona" size which is a comfortable 46 ring gauge by 6 inches. I just love the way this vitola feels in my hand and mouth.

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The cigar looks neatly rolled with a "paper bag"-smooth Connecticut shade wrapper that had an organic appearance with a few medium sized veins and a couple of very tiny water spots. The cigar gave off an aroma of sweet cedar and hay.

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Clipping the cigar was easy and the draw was free with a slight pull of resistance. The flavors on the pre-light draw displayed touches of sweet dried fruit and green peppercorn. The cigar lit easily and the resulting body of smoke was nice and thick. The initial flavors showed sweet notes of hay and toasty wood. The strength was mild and should please those who favor cigars with very little spice and kick. The first half of the cigar maintained a consistent flavor profile which unfortunately began to grow dull and forgetable. But it's best to maintain your patience with this cigar because the second half delivered a much richer flavor of sweet cedar which was very tasty and had a long smooth finish. No bitterness or harshness was found.

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The burn properties of this cigar was excellent. The burn line was sharp and mostly even throughout. The ash formed was light gray in color and compact and held on until I was ready to tap it off.

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Overall, I found this cigar to be an excellent smoker with a pleasant and mild flavor profile. It would make a great morning cigar or an all day smoke. It you are interested in fuller bodied cigars, Pinar Del Rio does make some rather good ones with their Habano Sun Grown and Habano Oscuro blends. The entire line of Pinar Del Rio cigars can be found at Silo Cigars on-line.

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