As an encore to 2015’s Flores y Rodriguez Connecticut Valley Reserve, PDR Cigars has announced that it has created the Flores y Rodriguez Connecticut Valley Reserve Gen2 and is currently shipping it to select retailers.

The new line uses a Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper and a single binder from Nicaragua’s Jalapa region, a change from the previous version that had also used an Ecuadorian binder. The filler is a blend of Dominican corojo and Nicaraguan criollo grown in the Condega region. It is being released in four sizes, Robusto (5 x 52, $16), Belicoso (5 1/2 x 54, $17), Gran Toro (6 x 54, $18) and Figurado (6 1/2 x 52, $19), each in 15-count boxes.

Robbie Streitz, PDR Cigars’ national sales manager, said that the company wanted to create something unique that represents both Flores y Rodriguez and PDR Cigars. “Abe worked very hard to make it even more special for CVR Gen2,” he said, adding that there will also be a special release of 19-count jars that will be released later in the spring.

A press release described the Gen2 as a limited edition, but the company has not disclosed how many cigars are being released.

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