Abe Flores has reblended and redesigned the PDR 1878 line, and has given it a new name: the PDR 1878 Recordando a Santiago. The name translates to “remembering Santiago,” the city in the Dominican Republic where PDR Cigars is headquartered, along with a number of other cigar factories and tobacco farms.

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The PDR 1878 Recordando a Santiago is offered in four blends that spans the flavor and strength spectrum. The Capa Natural uses a shade-grown Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with Dominican criollo 98 making up the binder and filler. The Capa Oscura gets its dark oscuro wrapper from Ecuador as well, while the binder is a Dominican habano seed leaf and the filler is Dominican corojo.

The Capa Sun Grown’s wrapper also comes from Ecuador, while the binder is Dominican criollo 98 and the filler is Dominican criollo. The Capa Madura ventures to Mexico’s San Andrés region for its wrapper, while the binder and filler are Dominican criollo 98.

The line has also trimmed down the vitolas it is offered in, moving from six to three sizes, a 5 x 52 robusto, 6 x 52 toro, 6 x 60 magnum. Production is going to be limited to 5,000 boxes of each of the blend and size combinations, making for a total of 60,000 boxes. Speaking to Cigar Aficionado as part of the line’s announcement, Flores said that he plans to produce the cigars until regular travel to the Dominican Republic, which he anticipates won’t be until 2023.

Pricing is reported to be between $6.41 and $7.80 per cigar, before taxes.

Additionally, the boxes have been updated to feature the Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración and a classic red Cadillac. Artwork for the project was designed by Fabian Barrantes.

Emails to the company seeking additional information about the new line have so far gone unanswered.


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