A. Flores Serie Privada Capa Habano

A. Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Habano SP52

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Box-pressed RobustoPDR Cigars
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $9.75 each
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Abe Flores is a big name in the cigar world, but may not be a name you know well, because he has spent a great deal of his career doing contract work producing cigars for other brands. He has become known for his own Dominican boutique cigar brand however, Pinar del Rio (PDR). In 2012, he decided to craft a cigar under his own name. The result was the A. Flores Serie Privada.

All the A. Flores Serie Privada cigars include Nicaraguan Habano binders and a combination of Nicaraguan Habano and Dominican Corojo as the filler leaves, but two different wrappers were produced: the Ecuadorian Habano (“Capa Habano”) and the Maduro Habano Ecuador (“Capa Maduro”). According to PDR, “The Habano wrapper delivers great complexity and a creamy, cool, medium-body cigar. Best way to describe this is creamy sweetness with a touch of spice at the finish … The Habano Maduro wrapper is a medium-body cigar that starts with some natural sweetness, then delivers some spice.” For this review, I smoked the Capa Habano.

Appearance : ★★★★☆
This is a box-pressed cigar, with a soft, rustic, oily, medium-brown wrapper. There are noticeable veins, though they are all quite thin. The softness of the cigar is a bit of a concern to me. I am worried that it is going to burn fast or that the draw will be too loose.

Construction : ★★★★½
I am surprised. Despite the soft feel of the cigar, the draw is actually on the tight side at the start (though not too tight). It opens up quickly, but it never becomes too loose. The cigar doesn’t burn fast at all. It actually burns quite slowly, allowing for a nice long leisurely smoking experience. It takes over an hour to smoke the whole stick. During that time, the burn line stays quite even. The ash holds on and isn’t flaky. This is as close to flawless as you will find with construction.

Flavor : ★★★★½ (4.25)
I thought that this cigar was going to be harsh, again because of the softness of the stick, but once more, my fears are assuaged. There is no harshness at all. This is a medium-bodied smoke, as advertised, with flavors of cedar, nuts, spices and cream. It has a “toasted” flavor profile. There is a hint of coffee and cocoa. In the backdrop I am picking up a bit of leather. The creaminess and the spices build during the second third, with black pepper becoming prominent. The sweetness has also built up though, balancing out the spice, and there is a hint of some kind of fruit weaving in there now. In the final third, the flavors don’t change all that much, but they stay bold. The spiciness also gets stronger, but never becomes overpowering. There’s zero harshness or heat. You can easily smoke this one down to the nub and enjoy it right to the end.

Value : ★★★★☆
It is a very enjoyable cigar, but it is not a cheap one. There really is nothing else to complain about with this stogie, but an everyday smoke it is not.

Overall Rating : ★★★★½ (4.25)
Price is really the only detractor with the A. Flores Serie Privada Capa Habano. The softness of the cigar that initially seemed a concern turned out not to be a problem at all. Abe Flores chose a great cigar to stamp his name on. He’s a relatively young guy, so this is really just the beginning for him. Judging by this cigar, he has a bright future ahead of him, and I’m looking forward to it.

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  1. Awesome reviews!!!!!

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