IPCPR 2016: PDR Cigars

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The 2016 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show saw PDR Cigars release not only a brand new line, but the company also added vitolas to two other releases as well as a new blend on another brand.

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In addition, PDR Cigars was showing off new porcelain jars for both its Connecticut Valley Reserve Maduro and Connecticut Valley Reserve Azul lines, which will be sold in conjunction with the already existing 15-count boxes.

PDR El Trovador

PDR El Trovador

First, the new line. Named El Trovador, which translates to troubadour; it is made up of an Ecuadorian rosado wrapper covering a double Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. Sold in boxes of 24, the regular production release line is available in four different vitolas and ships this month.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Rosado
  • Binder: Nicaraguan dual binder
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • PDR El Trovador Corona Gorda (6 x 46) — $8.75 (Boxes of 24, $210)
  • PDR El Trovador Gran Toro (6 x 54) — $9.20 (Boxes of 24, $220.80)
  • PDR El Trovador Petite Belicoso (4 1/2 x 50) — $7.75 (Boxes of 24, $186)
  • PDR El Trovador Robusto (5 x 52) — $8.20 (Boxes of 24, $196.80)

Launch Date: Aug. 2016

Production: Regular Production

PDR AFR-75 San Andres Claro

PDR AFR-75 Edition Limitada Claro

An extention of the already released PDR AFR-75 Edition Limitada Maduro, the PDR AFR-75 Edition Limitada Claro uses the same Mexican San Andrés leaf, albeit a lighter shade compared to what is on the original AFR-75. In addition, the blend also incorporates a Nicaraguan criollo 98 binder along with a blend of Dominican, Nicaraguan and U.S. Connecticut broadleaf fillers. It is available in the same three vitolas as the Maduro line — including the new 4 x 54 Catador — and is scheduled to ship this month.

  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo 98
  • Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan and U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf
  • PDR AFR-75 Edition Limitada Claro Catador (4 x 54) — $13.75 (Boxes of 24, $330)
  • PDR AFR-75 Edition Limitada Claro Edmundo (6 x 58) — $15.75 (Boxes of 24, $378)
  • PDR AFR-75 Edition Limitada Claro Immenso (7 x 60) — $16.75 (Boxes of 24, $402)
  • PDR AFR-75 Edition Limitada Claro Sublime (5 x 56) — $14.75 (Boxes of 24, $354)

Launch Date: Aug. 2016

Production: Regular Production

PDR AFR-75 San Andres Madruo

PDR AFR-75 Edition Limitada Maduro Catador

Along with the new PDR AFR-75 Edition Limitada Claro blend, the PDR AFR-75 Edition Limitada Maduro line is adding the Catador vitola, a 5 x 54 robusto extra that is sold in 24-count boxes and features the same Mexican San Andrés wrapper and interior blend.

  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo 98
  • Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan and U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf
  • PDR AFR-75 Edition Limitada Claro Catador (4 x 54) — $13.75 (Boxes of 24, $330)

Launch Date: Aug. 2016

Production: Regular Production

PDR Small Batch Reserve Wocked Pug

PDR Small Batch Reserve Wicked Pugs

The company also released three new sizes in a new line under its Small Batch Reserve brand. Named Wicked Pugs, the cigars will come in both maduro and rosado versions of a Brazilian Cubra wrapper covering a Dominican criollo 98 binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Unlike the other sizes in the Small Batch Reserve line, the Wicked Pugs are only offered in boxes of 12, and should be shipping this month.

  • Wrapper: Brazilian Cubra Maduro or Rosado
  • Binder: Dominican Criollo 98
  • Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
  • PDR Small Batch Reserve Wicked Pug No. 1 (4 x 60) — $9 (Boxes of 12, $108)
  • PDR Small Batch Reserve Wicked Pug No. 2 (5 x 60) — $10.50 (Boxes of 12, $126)
  • PDR Small Batch Reserve Wicked Pug No. 3 (6 x 60) — $12 (Boxes of 12, $144)

Launch Date: Aug. 2016

Production: Regular Production

PDR Connecticut Valley Reserve Broadleaf Maduro Jars

PDR Connecticut Valley Reserve Broadleaf Jars

PDR Connecticut Valley Reserve Maduro and Connecticut Valley Reserve Azul Jars

Finally, PDR is adding new jars as a packaging option for all four vitolas in both its Connecticut Valley Reserve Maduro and Connecticut Valley Reserve Azul lines. Only 500 19-count jars of each vitola are being released, and they are scheduled to begin shipping in November.

Launch Date: Nov. 2016

Production: 500 Jars of 19 for each vitola (9,500 total cigars)

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Brooks Whittington
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I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.

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