Seeing PDR Cigars at the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show in New Orleans brought things full circle for me; I attended my first show in 2010, also in New Orleans, and PDR, then known as Pínar del Río Cigars, was still an up-and-coming brand and factory that was just starting to really break through into a significant cigar company. Five years later, and the company has a sizable booth and steady traffic for its own products, plus an impressive and growing list of contract clients that has PDR Cigars present in nearly every corner of the show floor.

PDR Cigars IPCPR 2015 booth

Flores y Rodriguez Connecticut Valley Reserve
The Flores y Rodriguez Connecticut Valley Reserve had the spotlight in the PDR Cigars booth, a new blend that will be out in November in four sizes, Robusto (5 x 52, $16), Belicoso (5 1/2 x 54, $17), Grand Toro (6 x 54, $18) and Figurado (6 1/2 x 52, $19).

Only 1,800 boxes are being produced.

PDR Cigars Connecticut Valley Reserve

The cigar starts with a seven-year-old Connecticut broadleaf maduro, followed by a dual binder, one leaf from Jalapa in Nicaragua and the other from Ecuador. Under that is Nicaraguan criollo ’98 from Condega and corojo 2006 from the Dominican Republic that Flores grew about four years ago.

PDR Cigars Connecticut Broadleaf Reserve-1

Abe Flores shares a bit more info about his new headlining cigar:

PDR Cigars A Flores Sun Grown Half Corona

A. Flores Gran Reserva Sun Grown
The PDR A. Flores Gran Reserva adds a sun grown line, a medium to medium plus blend that isn’t quite as strong a the original corojo version.

It comes in five sizes, including the popular Half Corona (3 1/2 x 46, $5.09) and then moving up to the Robusto (5 x 52, $12.35), Grand Toro (6 x 54, $14.10), Torpedo (6 1/2 x 52, $14.95) and DBL Magnum (6 x 60, $15.80).

You might have noticed two new sizes in the sun grown version, and they will be part of the Corojo 2006 version.

PDR Cigars A Flores Gran Reserva DBL Magnum

The pricing stays the same, as the 6 1/2 x 52 Torpedo sells for $14.95, the 6 x 60 DBL Magnum for $15.80. Both come in 24-count boxes.

PDR Cigars Flores y Rodriguez Figurado

Flor y Rodriguez 10th Anniversary
For the Flor y Rodriguez 10th Anniversary, there’s a new Figurado that measures 6 1/2 x 52.

It comes in 24-count boxes and will sell for $12 a stick and $288 per box.

For the budget-conscious cigar smoker who wants a premium stick at a very reasonable price, there’s the new PDR A Crop, a pair of Cuban wheel cigars.

PDR Cigars A Crop Claro

Both cigars use tobacco from the company’s premium lines, but for whatever reason didn’t make the cut for those cigars, be it a cosmetic blemish, a leaf that wasn’t the right size or some other reason. The company is being very clear that these are not seconds, but first class quality cigars.

The are two versions, one with a claro wrapper and the other with an oscuro.

PDR Cigars A Crop Oscuro

Both come in three sizes, a Robusto (5 x 52, $2.76 per cigar), Toro (6 x 52, $2.92) and Gordo (6 x 58, $3.08). There are two packaging formats available, 19-count wheels and five-packs.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.