September 2020

PDR is coming with El Criollito tins. In a conversation with us, Abe Flores showed new tins coming from PDR Cigars. Two different tins, both for the El Criollito lines. These will be available soon both in the USA and in the international markets. The 3½x50 Half Corona size is launched in tins of five. PDR already sells tins with Half Corona cigars in other blends. Completely new is a tin for the Purito. These 4×34 cigars are released in 6 count tins.

Ministry of Cigars - PDR is coming with El Criollito tins
Example of the A. Flores Grand Reserva Half Corona tins

El Criollito 

When Flores visited Havana, Cuba a few years ago, he was offered some lithographs. These are being sold on the street. Flores saw three that he liked, including El Criollito. So he bought it, trademarked it, and started blending. He was satisfied when he created a blend with filler from the Dominican Republic and some Criollo 98 from Nicaragua. The binder on the final blend is from San Andres, Mexico. The wrapper is Ecuadorian Criollo 98. He tried to blend the cigar close to what Cuban cigars tasted like in the past.

The cigars are available in several sizes, and up until now only in boxes of 24. Except for the 4 ½ x30 Club, which comes in boxes of 50. The other sizes are the 4×34 Purito, 3¾x42 Perla, 4¼x58 Short Gordo, 3½x50 Half Corona, 5×54 Robusto, 6×60 Double Magnum, and the 7×70 Setenta. But the Purito and Half Corona are coming in tins soon. The plan was to launch the tins at Intertabac, yet the largest tobacco trade show in the world is canceled due to the current pandemic. PDR is expecting to start shipping the new El Criollito tins soon.

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