PDR 1878 Cubano Especial Capa Madura Review



by at 7:43 pm (1 Comment) Cigar Reviews

Brand: Pinar Del Rio (PDR)           

Series:  1878

Size: Robusto (5×52)

Wrapper: Brazilian

Binder: 1998 Dominican Criollo

Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican Criollo

This review starts with a shout out to Dan, a fellow Brother of the Leaf who hooked me up with this fine cigar unexpectedly.  The 1878 Cubano Especial Capa Madura is made by Pinar Del Rio (PDR) Cigars, and up until this review was not a smoke I was familiar with.  After I got my hands on the 1878, it was all I could do to wait for the weekend to fire it up.  When the appropriate Friday evening arrived, I paired it with a glass of The Balvenie 12 year Doublewood and made for the garage.

Construction:  My 1878 Capa Madura was excellently built. The cigar was quite firm, almost hard, from end to end, and rocked a perfectly executed pigtail cap.  The unlit foot gave off a rich, sweet tobacco smell, and while the cold draw didn’t offer any distinct flavours, the unlit tobacco which contacted my palate had a pleasant spiciness to it.

First Third: My 1878 came to life like some sort of maduro monster, belching smoke which quickly filled my garage.  The cigar had a rich mouth-fell right from the beginning, and hit hard with a hint of vanilla, cocoa notes right through the palate, and a touch of what reminded me of nutmeg on the finish.  The draw was excellent, strength was medium, and the burn through the first third required a minor correction.

Second Third:  My palate had become accustomed to the 1878 by this point, and while the rich, cocoa presence was still front and center, I started to get a little more leathery earthiness at the front of the palate.  The nutmeg like finish became less defined, and I just referred to it as ‘a hint of spice’ on the finish at this point.  The cigar was still smoking beautifully, drawing well, and a little beyond medium strength.

Final Third:  I was enjoying the smoke so much that I found it tough to write about it, but the final third was all earth and cocoa, with a hint of the former and much more of the latter.  The 1878 poured off smoke until the end, and the strength kicked up a notch to where I’d call it a full strength cigar by the end.  The draw remained excellent, and the burn required minor correction.

Overall:  The PDR 1878 Cubano Especial Capa Madura was a cigar that wasn’t on my radar before this review, and now I’m dying to smoke another.  This cigar was smooth, excellently made, had a rich mouth feel to it, and featured a carefully balanced pairing of just a few of the right flavours.  It started subtle, finished strong, and the fact that mine belched off smoke like a foundry was an added bonus to an overall great cigar experience.  Would I recommend this cigar? Hell yes. I think this is one of the rare smokes that can be appreciated by a variety of palates, although the strength of the cigar is something to consider if you’re a novice smoker.  Would I buy another?  Definitely.  Go smoke a PDR 1878 Cubano Especial and you’ll see what I mean.

Rock out,


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One Response to “PDR 1878 Cubano Especial Capa Madura Review”

  1. Dan

    October 21, 2012
    12:32 am

    Hey Matt, great review; glad you enjoyed it! Biggest thing that stood out for me was the pure volume of smoke that poured off this this stick too. As it was said before; this thing belches off almost as much smoke when it’s resting! Wicked cocoa flavour my palate picked up too. I’ll be zoning in on more of these for sure.

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