PDR Cigars bring the traditional Cuban cigar making process to the modern, lush setting of the Dominican Republic – Abe Flores and Juan Rodriguez are making some of the best bang-for-your-buck boutiques out there right now, and loving every minute of it.
Abraham Flores was born in the DR, leaving for the United States at the age of 15. A Marketing major at Merrimack College outside Boston, his work after graduation allowed him the chance to travel extensively throughout South America and the Caribbean – and the opportunity to get back in touch with his home country’s fine smokes. He began doing online work within the cigar industry; but as the enjoyment of smoking cigars and the satisfaction of making cigars are two completely different things, it was his partnership with Juan Rodriguez that would give Abe the chance to make the jump.
Juan Rodriguez, along with his brothers Luis and Ysidoro, owned a small cigar factory in Tamboril, in the Dominican Republic. The stocks of tobacco for what would soon become their PDR cigars all came from Cuban seed, or Piloto Cubano, that hailed from the legendary tobacco region of Pinar del Rio, Cuba. As luck would have it, “Pinar Del Rio Cigars” had already existed as a brand name, but was now defunct; Flores and Rodriguez revived the name, and began churning out their new Pinar Del Rio cigars.
Now operating out of the PDR Cigars factory in Tamboril, Abe & Juan actually have much more than Pinar Del Rio Cigars, A Flores and Flores y Rodriguez cigars to their credit – their factory is turning out Dominican handmade cigars for the likes of Gurkha, La Palina, Kristoff, and a variety of boutiques around the humidor. The factory’s workers are in demand because of their production style, employing the entubado construction technique - bunching the filler in a way that produces a more desirable draw, once it’s rolled.
Abe and Juan’s namesake blends, including the Pinar Del Rio cigars you see here, are offered in a wide variety of body, strength and flavor profiles; quality is assured, and the low Famous Smoke Shop prices can’t be beat. Each one is a must-smoke - small batch quality at prices like these, buy Pinar Del Rio cigars at Famous and you’ll love smoking them as much as PDR Cigars loves making them!... more