Blind Cigar Review: PDR | Small Batch Reserve Habano FundadoresCigar Info

The Small Batch Reserve is available in both a Brazilian Maduro and a Brazilian wrapper, the cigar consists of a Dominican Criollo '98 binder and Nicaraguan and Dominican Corojo fillers.

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. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.

Blind Cigar Review: PDR | Small Batch Reserve Habano FundadoresVital Stats:

Vitola: Petite Lancero
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 3b8
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Brazil
Binder: Dominican Criollo 98
Filler: Dominican Corojo and Nicaraguan Corojo
Number of reviewers: 4Robert (NavyPiper) Craig (WyldKnyght) Steve (ThaGreatWazoo) Ashley
Price: $5.50
Age: 10 Months
Release Date: 2012
Contributed by: PDR Cigars

Blind Cigar Review: PDR | Small Batch Reserve Habano FundadoresInitial Impressions

Appearance: 90

“This panatela sized cigar had a nice smooth shinny colorado maduro colored wrapper. There were some thin to medium sized veins and a nicely place triple cap.” -Craig (WyldKnyght)

Aroma: 89

“Woodsy, Cedar, light tobacco.” -Ashley

Blind Cigar Review: PDR | Small Batch Reserve Habano Fundadores First Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“For the first third, pepper- pretty strong at first, then easing up a bit, tobacco, spice, and a mustiness round out the flavors. The pepper is definitely the Boss of this third. Nice overall flavor unless you take too big a puff and get an overload of pepper that will scorch your nose hairs! LOL! Ash was pretty tight, and lasted close to 1 1/2″. Burn is straight, and the draw is perfect! Bring on the next third!!!” -Robert (NavyPiper)

“This cigar was easy to light, the initial flavor I got was that of nuts. As it went along some pepper start to creep in.” -Craig (WyldKnyght)

Blind Cigar Review: PDR | Small Batch Reserve Habano Fundadores Second Third

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

“The char flavor is still taking over most of the profile. The second third burns a little hotter and quicker than the first. There is a subtle oats and honey finish and the retrohale is full of pepper. The burn is quite nice but the overall profile is turning harsh.” -Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)

“During 2nd third the spice has faded and now its more sweet. Picking up lots of nutmeg. I can feel the strength picking up during this third.” -Ashley

Blind Cigar Review: PDR | Small Batch Reserve Habano Fundadores Final Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The final third saw the the pepper mellow out and the cedar flavor come to the forefront. The was a chemical flavor on the tongue” -Craig (WyldKnyght)

“The final third finishes very harsh. There is still more char than smooth flavor. The cigar is really heating up now. Finishes with high heat.” -Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 91

“The draw on this cigar was very nice and had a good amount of smoke.” -Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)

Burn: 89

“The burn was fairly even with a little waviness” -Craig (WyldKnyght)

Construction: 88

“THe only real construction issue I found was the tightening of the draw in the latter half of the 2nd third, then really snugging down in the final. But that was it.” -Robert (NavyPiper)

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Overall Experience: 88

“At first when I tried the pre-light draw which I don't hardly ever do and got that mild chlorine taste, I was praying that it wouldn't be there while smoking. And by golly I never tasted it again. Whew, what a relief! But it was a nice stogie and one I wouldn't mind having again in the future.” -Robert (NavyPiper)

“Although not something I truly enjoyed, I'm sure other wouldn't mind it. The flavor was ok, would have been better without the harshness during the second 3rd, and chemical taste during the final 3rd.” -Craig (WyldKnyght)

“This cigar overall just did not do it for me. The overall charge flavor was off putting once I got into the second third. I think with a little bit of time these might develop a little bit more, but I'm not going to hold my breath. It was unfortunate based on the nice appearance of the cigar.” -Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)

“It started out with some spice and then transitioned more into the nutmeg and all spice. The final third mellowed out. The strength did pick up as the cigar went on.” -Ashley



Smoking Time (in minutes): 60


Robert NavyPiper) 88 88 90 90 90 85 90 88 90
Craig WyldKnyght) 90 92 90 88 88 90 88 88 87
Steve ThaGreatWazoo) 90 85 88 88 85 92 90 90 85
Ashley 92 92 97 95 92 97 100 97 95

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Blind Cigar Review: PDR | Small Batch Reserve Habano Fundadores

Blind Cigar Review: PDR | Small Batch Reserve Fundadores
First Third
Second Third
Final Third
Overall Experience
Total Score - Good