PDR Cigars have been around a while, and the company has been seeking to fill a niche for a quality smoke that doesn’t break the smoker’s budget. The 1878 line follows that playbook faithfully, offering a variety of smokes at an appealing price point – think $6-7 a stick, as opposed to $8-10. That’s going to get our attention every time.
CIGAR STATS: The cigar features an Ecuadoran Sun Grown Claro wrapper around Dominican Criollo 98 and Corojo filler and Dominican Criollo 98 binder leaves. It is offered in five sizes: Robusto (5 x 52), Toro (6 x 52), Torpedo (6½ x 52), Churchill (7 x 54), and Double Magnum (6 x 60). As noted above, you can expect to pay in the $6-7 range per stick. I smoked the Robusto for this review.
APPEARANCE: The dark brown wrapper has a few veins and is adorned with an understated, classy band of blue, white and silver – with bonus points awarded for not obscuring half of the stick. It is springy to the touch, with a bump or two, and it is topped by a pigtail cap. There’s no mistaking the hand-made touches here.
THE SMOKE: The cold draw yields a classic sweet tobacco flavor, but the light brings a big blast of pepper. After that passes, notes of earth and wood begin to dominate. A bit of cream and hay make their presence known about a third of the way in, and the wood comes on really strong around the midpoint and stays the rest of the way. The draw is quite smooth, but the burn line proved to be a little problematic, requiring a couple of touchups.
VERDICT: PDR scores a solid hit with the Sun Grown. It packs plenty of flavor into a medium-bodied smoke, and its price tag is consumer friendly. This is definitely a should-try for a relaxing late-spring sit-down at your preferred smoking spot. You can learn more about the PDR lines at pdrcigars.com. – Brian Coyne