Cigar Review: PDR Cigars – 1878 Capa Madura

Basic Information:

Name – PDR Cigars 1878 Capa Madura

Size – Robosto

Wrapper – ​Brazilian Arapiraca

Tobacco Blend – Dominican and Nicaraguan

Pricing – $4.90 – $6.60

Body – Medium


The band is black with a silver trim and font.

The cigar is dark brown with black spotting. It is very rough to the touch due to some obvious veins that look a lot like stitches. The wrapper has a slight sheen to it. There are minimal seams visible and the cigar is double capped with a pigtail.


Aroma – Cedar and Hay

Type of Cut – Straight

Cold Draw – Wet Cedar

After Toast:

First third – ​Immediately earthy notes, baking spice and black pepper take the stage. The pepper peels off and allows a black licorice note to come through. Reminds me of the old good and plenty candies. Beautiful flavor. Right at the end of this third the pepper kicks back up. Burn is sharp. Ash is darker gray slightly flaky where those stitch-like veins were.

Second Third – ​ Earthy notes take the stage with the spice and pepper again to begin this third. This cigar has been very consistent up to this point. Again 10 minutes into this portion, the licorice comes back into play. Burn remained sharp. Ash fell off at the two-inch mark.

Final Third – ​ ​A slight cream mixes with the licorice giving a nice texture to the smoke. Earthiness begins to come back in to finish the cycle of these flavors. Burn remained sharp.

Suggested Pairing:

Scotch – Balvenie 12 Year Double Wood

Wine – Château des Déduits Fleurie

Overall Experience:

PDR Cigars puts out a nice consistent treat of a cigar. Brought me back to when I was a kid and found my dad’s candy stash hidden up higher than I could reach. As they say in Jurassic Park “life finds a way”. I got those damn good and plenty’s.  The licorice component was really unique in the sense that it lasted the entire stick and wasn’t just a finishing component. All cigar guys would like this stick.

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