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Cigar Aficionado Top 10 Cigars for 2014

The list is out, these are the top 10 cigars for 2014 as listed by Cigar Aficionado.

1. Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado

2. E P Carrillo La Historia E-III

3.Illusion Fume d'Amour Clementes

4. Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial (Tubo)

5. Rocky Patel Royale Toro

6. Opus X PerfecXion X

7. Padron Family Reserve 50th Maduro

8. Ashton Estate Sun Grown 22- Year Salute

9. Monte by Montecristo Jacopo No.2

10. A. Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Habano

 

What a great list, and this year no Cuban cigars in the top 10.

Lite them up and enjoy.

Flores y Rodriguez 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada Cigar Review.

Flores y Rodriguez 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada

PDR cigars has made quite a name for itself in the past ten years. A boutique brand with a modest, yet diverse selection of blends, PDR has made their latest Flores y Rodriguez 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada in commemoration of their past decade in the cigar game. To say PDR has had a successful 10 years would be an understatement. Having made several cigars to make last years Top 25 Cigars of the world, it's no wonder people are taking notice. 

Released this past summer at the IPCPR show in Las Vegas, the Flores y Rodriguez 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada boasts a Habano Ecuadorian Wrapper with an Olor Dominican Republic Binder, and a 7-year old Piloto Cubano leaf complimented by Nicaraguan Jalapa Valley Filler. Keeping with an old-world ideal, the FyR 10th Anniversary comes in three classic Cuban Sizes; Robusto- 5 x 52, Grand Toro- 6 x 54 and finally the Wide Churchill-5 1/8 X 58. A good amount of buzz has surrounded this cigar, so I figured a review would be in order. So let's see how it holds up under fire (no pun intended)

 

 

  • Cigar Reviewed: Flores y Rodriguez 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Tamporil, Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Habano Ecuadorian
  • Binder: Olor Dominican Republic
  • Filler: 7-year old Piloto Cuban, Nicaraguan Jalapa
  • Size: Wide Churchill (5 1/8 X 58)

 

First Impression:

The Appearance of the FyR 10th Anniversary is elegant to say the least, it's white and green band with a smaller black and gold one paint a picture of the refinement, and an air of ceremony. Coffee and cream colored, it's smooth wrapper is subtle with an aroma of a musky, almost leather scent with a note of wood, an all around great smelling stick. The cold draw gives off flavors of earth and yeast, a slight cocoa can be noticed in the background. It's firm to the touch with just a slight give, sturdy yet subtle.

Ignition:

First puff of the Flores y Rodriguez 10th Anniversary is a blast of complex flavors, most noticeable one is spice radiating across the palate. Taste of vanilla and cream linger after the exhale, soothing your palate, almost giving you a respite for the next blow of spice. Subtle suggestions of wood and yeast as well make it a unique flavor.

Heating up:

As time passes with the FyR 10th Anniversary, the spice begins to settle, it's hard to say if the blend of the cigar changes, or if ones palate acclimates to the boldness of the taste. Whichever it is, it's been a smoke that has kept my attention. Despite its robust profile, the Flores y Rodriguez 10th Anniversary is not much more than a medium-full stick, the draw is desirable and steady pulling a fair amount of smoke. It's creamy vanilla notes play a bigger role in the cigar, still blending with the spice in an interesting way.

The Home Stretch:

As we come toward the end, all traces of spice and complexity are gone, instead is a very simple and lovely taste of cream and leather remain in the Flores Y Rodriquez. Musky and relaxed, it envelopes your palate in a heavy warm blanket of just overall great tasting tobacco.

Final thoughts:


It goes without saying that PDR has done it again with the FyR 10th Anniversary. It's complex beginning and simple ending make it a cigar anyone can enjoy. Carefully crafted with wonderful flavors, it's a stick I'm sure many will

smoke again and again. Hey... I know I will.

 

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