A batch of “forgotten” cigars in the PDR Cigars factory in the Dominican Republic that were once destined for a European company will now be heading to the United States.

Today, PDR Cigars announced that it will be shipping a new line called the PDR Small Batch Exclusive to retailers, with two blends offered. The first uses a Cuban-seed wrapper grown in Brazil, with a Dominican criollo 98 binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The other blend uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, with the same binder and filler as the natural.


Both blends are being offered in two sizes; the natural gets a 5 x 52 robusto and a 6 x 52 toro, while the maduro gets that same toro vitola as well as a 5 1/8 x 60 short gordo. Each is presented in paper-wrapped, five count packs, with the robusto priced at $24 and the toro and short gordo priced at $26, both before taxes. A total of 4,000 packs are being released between the two blends.

The cigars date back to 2014 when they were said to be produced for a European company, but they never left the factory due to the company going out of business. This is the first of several releases planned to clear out some 180,000 cigars that have been forgotten in the company’s factory.

The company made the announcement via Cigar Aficionado, and while a representative of from PDR Cigars confirmed the accuracy of the report, declined to provide images due to an exclusivity agreement with that publication.



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