Episode 420: A. Flores Serie Privada Natural Robusto

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BACKGROUND: The A. Flores Serie Privada was released in 2012 in two wrapper types: the red label sports an Ecuadorian Habano and the blue label an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro. Both cigars are comprised of Nicaraguan Habano binders as well as Nicaraguan Habano and Dominican Corojo filler.

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The cigar band has the year 1975 stamped in the center, which signifies the year that brand owner and master blender Abe Flores was born.

Said Flores, “[The Serie Privada] offers the consumer a great smoking experience in terms of blend, packaging, and pricing.”

The Serie Privada cigars are all boxed-pressed and are available in 24 count boxes featuring three vitolas. The line carries an MSRP range from $9.75 to $12.75 per stick.

This week’s featured stogie is the 5-inch by 52 ring gauge Red Label Robusto.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
Doc answers a question about cigar ash that is flat instead of cone-shaped.

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Episode 404 A. Flores Gran Reserva Half Corona

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BACKGROUND: Ever since Abe Flores expanded his PDR Cigar factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic, he has been a person sought after by many cigar brand owners to make cigars for them. Abe has created many cigar brands like Obsidian, Chaveta, La Palina Classic, Gurkha Ghost, and many others. He has become a much sought after cigar blender as well as a popular purveyor of fine cigars under his own label.

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This week’s featured cigar, the A. Flores Gran Reserva was debuted in the summer of 2013 and was one of two new lines released by PDR Cigars that year. The Gran Reserva is made with a Dominican Corojo wrapper leaf, with Dominican Corojo and Nicaraguan Habano in the filler blend and a Dominican binder. I’ve let these cigars rest in my humidor for 2 months prior to this review. This week’s featured Gran Reserva is the diminutive 3.5-inch by 46 ring gauge Half Corona.

A-Flores-GR-02TODAY’S LIBATION: Firestone Opal
Firestone Opal is a Saison style beer. Saisons are sturdy farmhouse ales that were traditionally brewed in the winter, so they could be enjoyed throughout the summer months. This is a very complex style that Firestone says, “merges Belgian tradition with West Coast style.” Saisons can be fruity in the aroma and flavor. You can typically look for earthy yeast tones, mild to moderate tartness, lots of spice and with a medium bitterness. They tend to be semi-dry with many only having touch of sweetness.

The Firestone Opal is dry hopped and comes at 7.5% ABV and tips the ibu scale at 35.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • New cigar podcast: Cigar Jukebox put on by Dave Burck from Australia
  • Cigar-Themed sign painter: Eric Gauthier
  • Update on Crush & Roll West: Early Bird deadline, May 31

SPECIAL SEGMENT: Talk with the Boss Lady

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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Wilson Adams Habano No. 3, Corona Gorda
This review features the Wilson Adams Habano No. 3, Corona Gorda. I first featured these cigars back in Episode 347 of the SF5 podcast on Sunday, January 27, 2013. These cigars have been waiting patiently for their second and final review. They have been in my humidor for a total of 1 year, 4 months and 11 days.

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