The A. Flores 1975 Serie Privada line from PDR Cigars will soon have a new look and taste. Bands and boxes for the series have been redesigned, and the cigars have been reblended for more uniformity and cohesiveness across the entire portfolio of PDR brands. The new smokes will ship next month.
“The Serie Privada lines have been updated and the blends also have been modified,” brand owner Abe Flores tells Cigar Aficionado. “Now, the Capa Habano will be just called Rosado. This change was done so I can market the cigar internationally and not have issues with the word ‘Habano.’ ”
While buzzwords like Havana and Habano are used quite liberally in the American cigar market, it’s far more difficult to use these terms internationally on account of legal issues arising from Habanos S.A., the worldwide distributor of Cuban cigars.
The A. Flores 1975 Serie Privada comes in two varieties: Rosado and Maduro, both of which are wrapped in Ecuador Habano. Flores says he added more Dominican Criollo ’98 tobacco to the filler blend hoping to “streamline the flavor profiles.”
In addition to the new bands, cigars from both Serie Privada lines will come with another new touch—each cigar will be wrapped in decorative vellum paper.
Flores also redesigned the bands and boxes for his PDR 1878 line. The new packaging for PDR 1878 was previewed at the IPCPR trade show last summer, but hit shelves in November.