Cigar Review: PDR 1878 Capa Oscura

Basic Information:

Name – PDR 1878 Capa Oscura

Size – Robosto

Wrapper – ​Ecuadorian Sun Grown Oscuro

Tobacco Blend – Dominican Habano and Corojo

Pricing – $5.50 – $6.20

Body – Medium


The band is red and silver with white font.

Cigar is dark brownish with black spots, extremely oily. Has a couple larger veins and seams are really visible. Double capped pigtail.


Aroma – Cedar, sweetness and barnyard.

Type of Cut – Straight cut

Cold Draw – Cedar notes mixed with a sweetness.

After Toast:

First third – ​A real mellow earthy note begins this stick with a slight notes of sweet cocoa and caramel that lingers on the finish along with a black pepper on the retro-hale. Burn is slightly wavy. Ash light gray and holding strong.

Second Third – ​ ​Flavors from the first third carry into the second. Still have that earthy, sweet cocoa caramel profile on the palate. Pepper has diminished. Burn corrected itself to razor sharp. Ash fell off at the half way point of the cigar.

Final Third – ​ ​The earthiness gets stronger along with a dark espresso note.  Sweetness remains in the background on the finish. Burn finished slightly wavy.

Suggested Pairing:

Johnny Walker Platinum

Domaine Loubejac Pinot Noir

Overall Experience:

​Looks can be deceiving with the PDR 1878 Capa Oscura. This dark smoke looks like it will be a power house but is actually extremely mellow and light. About an hour and 15-minute smoke time. It’s a dryer cigar so pairing it would be ideal. The cigar is good yet extremely simple and consistent in flavors with minimal transitions


Cigar Aficionado – Lancero and Corona sises – 89pts.

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