Back at Lite Up Charlotte, I saw Abe Flores of PDR Cigars and he was smoking one of these.  Considering I am a fan of his cigars, I knew I had to get one of these boxes.   But the word was, I was going to have to wait for these at least until late November.   I asked Outland Cigars to order me a box anyway.   Well my wait is over.  I got a box of 6 x 60s!!!

At the time they were calling these the “Holiday Blend”, but the official name is PDR 1878 Reserva Dominicana Capa Oscura and Outland Cigars in Charlotte, NC is one of only 25 retailers to receive this limited run.  PDR has opted to make a limited release at this time of about 1500 to 2000 boxes to the select 25 retailers.   The plan is for widespread distribution around IPCPR 2011.

The blend is an all Dominican blend.   Here is a preview of the blend:

Wrapper: Dominican Habano – Oscura/
Binder: Dominican Habano
Filler: Dominican Habano, Corojo, Criollo 98

I smoked one today.   I did not have time to jot notes down on this one, but what a stick!  This is smooth, medium strength, and medium to full bodied cigar.  It had nice flavor notes of earth, cedar spice, and even hints of cinnamon sweetness.  Similar to the Oliveros Swag, I describe it as a Dominican stick that has all the boldness of a Nicaraguan stick.  I loved the stick, but since it came out after my 2010 Cigar of the Year countdown deadline, this will be deferred to the 2011 Countdown!

Cigar Coop (L) with Abe Flores (R) at Lite Up Charlotte, Abe has the PDR Dominicana in hand

Here are the list of retailers carrying this.  However, I recommend always going to Outland – the best retailer in North America!

Outland Int. Inc.
14815 John J Delaney Dr. #160
Charlotte, NC 28277

11th Avenue Liquor
1040 SE Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214

82nd Ave Tobacco
400 82ND Ave.
Portland, OR 97216

Ace Tobacco Town
419 W Cheltenham Ave
Elkins Park, PA 19027.

Broadway Cigar Co.
1436 NE 77th
Portland, OR 97213

Burning Leaf Cigar
2319 S Route 59
Plainfield, IL 60586

Cascade Cigar Tobacco
9691 SE 82nd Avenue
Happy Valley, OR 97086

Cresent Springs
535 Buttermilk Pkwy.
Cresent Springs, KY 41017

Emerson’s Cigars
116 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

Habana Premuium Cigar
1645 Central Ave.
Albany, NY 12205

Havana Humidor
12749 S Dixie Highway
Pinecrest, FL 33156

Kirsten Pipe Company
1900 W Nickerson #112
Seattle, Wa 98119

401 E Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Lil’ Brown Smoke Shack
3201 Goodman Rd.
Yakima, WA 98903

Mission Pipe Inc.
4001-4 Santa Rita Rd
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Perfect Blend
729 E Olive Ave.
Fresno, CA 93728

Smokey Joe’s Cigar Lounge
4411Pacific Hwy E
Fife, WA 98424
(253) 922-0430

Smokin Joes -NH
100 River Rd.
Hudson, NH 03051

The Party Source
95 Riviera Drive
Believue, KY 41073

Thunderbird Trading Post
7121 Waller Road East
Tacoma, WA 98443
(253) 531-9595

Tim’s Great Cigars
23830 NE Halsey
Wood Village, OR 97060

Top Shelf Cigars
4013 Shippack Pike
Shippack Vilg, PA 19474

Treasure Valley
132 E Idaho
Meridan, ID 83642

Wilsonville Liquor
29955 SW Boones Ferry #H-2
Wilsonville, OR 97070