Blind Cigar Review: Flores y Rodriguez | 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada Figurado

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

Cigar Info

With a decade in the dust of is commemorating this achievement by introducing the new 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada. This cigar has a golden brown Ecuador wrapper. The binder is Dominican Olor while the filler is a seven-year aged Piloto Cubano and Nicuraguan Jalapa. Available in more classic Cuban sizes, the Robusto is 5 x 52, the Grand Toro is 6 x 54, and the Wide is 5 1/8 x 58.

Blind Cigar Review: Flores y Rodriguez | 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada Figurado

Blind Cigar Review: | 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada

Vital Stats:

Vitola:
Length: 6.5″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin:
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Dominican Olor
Filler: and
Factory:
Blender:
Number of reviewers: 5 —– (Djangos) (jliu) () (McGreggor57) (BMP_)
Price: $12.00
Age: 4 Months
Release Date: July 2015
Contributed by: PDR Cigars

Blind Cigar Review: Flores y Rodriguez | 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada Figurado

Blind Cigar Review: | 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada

Initial Impressions

Appearance: 90

“Double perfecto with a medium brown wrapper about 6 inches long. The surface is very bumpy with a lot of prominent veins. No major blemishes. The wrapper is slightly wrinkly at the head and there is a small crack in the wrapper towards the foot. No the prettiest but also not the worst looking one.” - (Djangos)

Aroma: 90

“Nosing the wrapper gives namely cedar and faint barnyard. Nosing the foot gives the same cedar and faint barnyard with the addition of a white pepper spice. Cold draw tells dominant cedar and tongue tingling white pepper spice.” - (jliu)

Blind Cigar Review: Flores y Rodriguez | 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada Figurado

Blind Cigar Review: | 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada

First Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Notes of dark tobacco and a touch of black pepper characterize most of the smoke during the first third, with a little wood coming in as the burnline approaches the second.” - ()

“Mostly tobacco and pepper until the burnline fully opens at the foot. As smoke production increases some vegetal flavors begin to develop along with a bit of burnt toast. Near the end of this third a supple leather apperas and mutes some of the pepper and char notes. Very nice.” - (McGreggor57)

Blind Cigar Review: Flores y Rodriguez | 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada Figurado

Blind Cigar Review: | 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada

Second Third

Flavor: 91
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

“A little cedar and oak help create a soft woodsy profile. The is still some root vegetable notes on the finish. Again, there is just enough leather to really balance the flavors.” - (McGreggor57)

“The flavors haven’t changed much in this third but it is very enjoyable. I’m still getting the cedar with less spice now. The citrus has changed into more of a dried fruit.” - (BMP_)

Blind Cigar Review: Flores y Rodriguez | 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada Figurado

Blind Cigar Review: | 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada

Final Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“The last third’s smoking experience shows the youth of the cigar. The flavors are still in line with the second third (dominant spicy and oily pepper, charred wood, sweet cream, bread, light roasted dried nuts) but it is unfortunately overcast by a tannin rich bitterness. Body still stays at a medium and strength at a medium plus.” - (jliu)

“The final third becomes more coffee-driven initially, after which I unfortunately start getting notes of ammonia and decide to let the remaining stogie go.” - ()

Overall Impressions

Draw: 89

“The draw was good for most part except for some tightness in the middle third.” - (Djangos)

Burn: 88

“The burn definitely could have used help, that was really the main sticking point of this cigar.” - (BMP_)

Construction: 88

“The draw and wrapper issues I experienced lowered this score” - (McGreggor57)

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Overall Experience: 89

“The cigar had a chemical and minerally quality that was quite offputting for me but may be liked by some.” – (Djangos)

“Overall, I rate this a good cigar namely putting hopes to letting age make the cigar shine down the road. The second third was excellent but the last third proved the youth of the cigar. I’ll still buy a couple singles to age in the humidor for future hope.” – (jliu)

“One of the few stogie in recent memory that made me want to spit the nicotine out — by no means a deal-breaker for me. However, between the stem poking out at the head and the ammonia notes during the last third that made me cut smoking time short, this stogie ended up performing much more poorly than it ought to.” – ()

“Even though I found this cigar lacking a wow factor, the flavors were solid. Defined transitions between the thirds held my interest. I wouldn’t grab this one for a special occasion although I would gladly smoke one again.” – (McGreggor57)

“Overall I really enjoyed this cigar. It wasn’t overly complex, but it had nice transitions and the flavors were well balanced and defined. I would definitely pick up some more of these and recommend them to just about anyone. I’m curious what more age and different vitolas do for this.” – (BMP_)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 98

  • Appearance 90% 90%
  • Aroma 90% 90%
  • First Third 90% 90%
  • Second Third 91% 91%
  • Final Third 88% 88%
  • Draw 89% 89%
  • Burn 88% 88%
  • Construction 88% 88%
  • Overall Experience 89% 89%

Total Score - Good

 

Reviewer
Appearance
Aroma
1/3
2/3
3/3
Draw
Burn
Constr.
Overall
Experience
Djangos)858888888890928785
jliu)908885928090878788
)909290928388908388
McGreggor57)909090909088878790
BMP_)909292909295858790

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Blind Cigar Review: | 10th Anniversary Reserva Limitada