Pueblo Dominicano | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown Oscuro
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Size: 5 x 50 “Robusto”
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $5.00 by the box


It is a nice sunny day in Milwaukee. But the -16° puts a crimp in it.

This cigar doesn’t get much respect. I remember smoking a few back in 2005, when they were released. And that was the end of that. I came into possession of this one from buddy, Rene Cardona. So I thought I would review it because the cigar sells…so someone likes it.

There are virtually no reviews online anywhere. This does not bode well. Will I sink another CI Conglomerate cigar? This cigar is made by someone but by no one that CI is proud of or they would say who it is. It’s an orphan. Although, I did find a cigar chat room review that said it is made by La Aurora.

Another reviewer, I’ve never read said that this cigar got a 93 rating. By whom? They don’t say. I’m sure if it had that kind of rating, it would be publicized. Reviewers on drugs.

Kusiscatalog.com says it is blended by AJ Fernandez. I found that in several places. And that Jose Blanco was the original blender. And that the brand died, in 2008, when Blanco left La Aurora and went to JDN. This same reviewer says the size of his cigar is a 6.5 x 10 WTF? Is he using inches and then switching to millimeters? And he calls AJ…JA instead.

Also, there have been three incarnations of this cigar; I, II, & III. I have no idea what CI is selling. Is it IV?
I found this quote from Alex Swenson, a big shot at Cigar.com:
“It’s a really solid smoke. Very nice flavors and slightly complex. Of course, at first I was going to try to compare it to the PD Series II, but since the new one isn’t a Jose Blanco blend and isn’t rolled at the La Aurora factory, it wouldn’t be a fair comparison.”

Well, that’s clearing it up. (???) The quote is from January 2011.

And I found this quote from December 2011: “The first two were Dominican puros blended by Jose Blanco and made by La Aurora. This one is out of Nicaragua, it’s been hinted by one of the CI muckety-mucks that this is by AJ Fernandez.”

So if you’re an AJ fan, like me, we may have been depriving ourselves of a good cigar. Or AJ demanded that his name have nothing to do with the advertising campaign.

OK. Enough of this crap. Let’s review the cigar for chrissakes. A CI copywriter does say this about the blend: “It begins with a bold, but well-aged, blend of hand-selected, long-leaf ligeros that are ripe with flavor and character. Full-bodied, but so smooth you might not even notice, Pueblo Dominicano cigars are among the most masterfully blended cigars I’ve come across in quite some time.”

Note: This paragraph is right next to where the whaddya-call-it that shows it’s medium/full, not full bodied like the above paragraph says. Do these guys even talk to each other?

Construction is nicely done. Solid. A beautiful single cap application. A coffee bean colored wrapper with a hint of red in the sunlight. A whole lotta veins,. The wrapper is very oily and semi toothy. The sandy brown cigar band has the name of the cigar…but something personal has been placed there: a dog lying in repose. Can’t tell what kind of dog it is..maybe a blood hound, or a mutt.

I clip the cap and find aromas of Baking spices, mild cocoa, spice, strong cinnamon, and leather.
Time to light up.

The first puffs are mild. The draw is fine. And then I am smacked in the puss with some nice sweetness and creaminess. A bit of black pepper lingers in the background. Cocoa rears its pretty head. Methinks, a flavor bomb is a’ comin’.

Within the first eighth of an inch, the cigar is spewing flavors like I blew chunks the first time I got drunk as a teenager on Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill wine. (Not quite the analogy I was looking for.)

Less than half an inch in, flavors are very bold: Creaminess, cocoa, sweetness, coffee, pepper, nuts, and leather.

Now this is a $5 stick. And the bigger sticks (6.5 x 50-Toro, 6.2 x 54-Torpedo) are only a few cents more each climbing up to $6 a stick by the box.

I come to the end of the first third and this is a fine cigar. Not a high premium, but absolutely overloaded with pleasing flavors. I can’t complain about a single thing.

The strength has moved to classic medium. The balance is right on, Daddy-O. And it has a very long, lip smacking finish. I read in one of the chat rooms that the individual bitched that the bigger sizes didn’t bring that flavor bomb flavor profile the robusto did.

If AJ indeed blended these, he should not be ashamed. There is a minor San Lotano-ness about this blend. It has its similarities. And it is half the price as a San Lotano. Politics. Who knows, outside of the cigar insiders, as to why AJ’s name was not trumpeted when the PR machine got rolling?

Flavors have not changed. Except the pepper has diminished to almost nothing. The same flavors are there and in the same order. Just bolder. The char line is a bit wavy and needs a small correction.

The second third is nearly over. The spice has come back as red pepper instead of black. That’s how I like all my women. You ever been in a cockpit before? No sir, I’ve never been up in a plane before. You ever seen a grown man naked?

I am just past the halfway point. Summing up the stick to this point is that is a very flavorful cigar, very pleasant and enjoyable. It is not a San Lotano. It doesn’t have that complexity. But this is one of the best $5 sticks I’ve smoked. And if you go to Cbid, you can probably score these cigars for a couple bucks less. I’d like to get a box.

The last third begins and the cigar band must be removed. I just noticed that the lettering and design on the band is raised. Nice touch.

The flavors are: Creaminess, cocoa, red pepper, sweetness, coffee, nuts, black licorice (seen that a lot lately), leather, and baking spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and star anise.

There are no surprises with this cigar as it hits flavor bomb status almost immediately and sticks to those flavors throughout the smoke.

I remove the band and it’s a little Norman Rockwell painting of the dog lying on a wood slat porch with an open screen door and some sort of column to the left. Very nice.

The last third sees the strength hit medium/full. The balance is on the money now. And the char line is dead nuts.

The black licorice moves up the line just behind the creaminess and cocoa. Very strong flavor. I am getting a nicotine kick…my hands are trembling a bit while I type. Coffee makes its own surge. The spice moves to the back of the line.

This is a cigar you should try. The price is right and, no, it is not the cigar you show off to your friends…but it is certainly a good enough cigar to hand out to your moocher friends who will be impressed. The cigar could easily pass for a $6-$7 stick…in the robusto size.

A truly enjoyable smoke. I approve.



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7 replies

  1. I believe this stick had a couple months or more on it. Patience, my son, patience. LOL
    And yeah, it does look like a basset hound. Or something.

  2. Daddy-O…Was hanging at The Gym in Tucson, and this dude walks up to me and says,” Hey Daddy-O “….It was Eric Roberts making small talk…Yep, Eric Roberts, Julia’s brother…He called me Daddy-O a couple more times that morning…One cool dude to another…Then I met Julia in Taos New Mexico, but that’s another story…This review reminds me of Eric Roberts… Happy New Year Katman, or Daddy-O !!!

  3. Just tried this cigar. Got it in a CI sampler. WONDERFUL smoke. I’m not an expert but have been smoking cigars for years. Favor, draw… this had it all more me. I’m getting more!

  4. I git this in the CI sampler. This is the second one I’ve smoked and its been in the coolidor for months and months. Not a bad smoke at all.

    I’ve been smoking cigars on and off for over twenty years. I still can’t taste ask the flavors reviewers talk about. All I can tell us if I like it or not.

    A tangent…I cannot understand why my Cuban smoking friends think Cubans are so good when to me good cigars taste alike etc.

    This is a nice mild smoke. I liked the first one and I like this one as well as any good cigar.

  5. One of my favorite everyday sticks. Especially at the price I’ve been paying on cbid.

  6. I enjoy your site as much for the personal stories,as for the cigar reviews. I graduated HS in ’74, but had older brothers who graduated in ’66, ’68, and ’70, so I can relate to the moods and sensibilities in your stories. Today sure is different than the early ’70’s.
    As far as the PD robusto, I just put mine out at 3/4″ with a 1 and 1/4″ ash attached. Great call on this. I love everything AJF, and have got at least 200-250 of assorted blends in inventory, most with at least a year rest. Most of them are great or really good. The Estd 1844 is, for me, the most under-rated AJF. Harsh and full-bodied, harsh and tasty, bad burn issues, until I buried them not knowing if I ever smoke the 30-40 of those I scored in samplers won on auction. Now, with alot of rest, they’re a little less full, better balanced, and, never thought I’d say it, smooth.
    Thanks again for you posts, I really enjoy them. Love PDR’s too.