PDR Cigars Sends AR Cigar Collective The Four Star Society to Binny’s Beverage Depot


The PDR Cigars team has dipped into the factory’s aging room to pull out the next release in its AR Cigar Collective series, The Four Star Society, which is being sent as an exclusive to Binny’s Beverage Depot in the Chicago area.


The cigar is a 4 1/2 x 50 petit belicoso that uses a five-year-old Ecuadorian habano rosado wrapper over a Dominican corojo 98 binder and Nicaraguan fillers. The company was able to find 4,360 cigars, which will be split up into 436 butcher-paper wrapped bundles of 10 cigars. Pricing is still being finalized, but it is expected to be in the $6-7 range when it hits stores next week, according to Richie Otero, director of sales of PDR Cigars. He added that it will be in all of Binny’s 40 locations and is designed to be paired with a private barrel whisky that the store sells.

The Four Star Society gets its name from Chicago’s famous flag which features four stars, and which forms the central element of the label that will come on the bundles. The cigars themselves, will be unbanded.

Four Star Society follows up December’s Bullet With a Name Vol. 1 release, the debut in a new series of cigars found in the company’s aging rooms. That cigar went to just 19 retailers. Otero said that more cigars are in the works for the AR Cigar Collective series, but declined to get into specifics or when they would be released.

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