Pinar del Rio Seleccion 2010
(also referred to as Seleccion Reserva Limitada)
Size: 6.5 x 52 (torpedo)
Wrapper: Broadleaf Pennsylvania maduro
I got a couple of these cigars as part of a PdR sampler a year ago. I enjoy the Pindar del Rio Habano Sun Grown so much, I thought I should give some of their other blends a try.
I lit up this cigar two nights ago, with exactly 360 days aging in my humidor. I paired it with a glass of Belle Meade bourbon. At first, I thought this cigar might be a barber pole because I noticed the wrapper at the head was very dark, but very light at the foot. I discovered, though, this was simply a variation of color within a single leaf. (This made me feel comfortable I was getting a traditional maduro created during curing, rather than a tobacco leaf dyed with vegetable dye.)
I caught subtle hints of cocoa and pepper, but very little of the coffee flavor so often detected in a maduro. The most noticeable aspect of the cigar was a pronounced creaminess. The draw was thinner than I like. Burn was generally good, but I had to touch it up twice to correct a canoe (This was forgivable since a rainstorm moved into the backyard about halfway through, so the stogie was contending with humidity and wind.)
It reminded me of a different cigar but at first I couldn't place what it was. Then it came to me: Onyx Reserve. I haven't had an Onyx Reserve since 2003 that I can recall, but this seemed very similar to what I remember.
This wasn't my favorite taste profile, but it was a good enough cigar I would try another one.