It was the first of the Reserva types (today there are Gran Reservas too) and it came out in 2005 when everyone had jumped onto the train of well aged cigars and back then I felt it immediately caused a big stir. I personally liked the concept very much and I up until today adore the packaging with its very nice black varnished box. Mind you there are only 20 cigars in the box. And while 25 would have been the traditional choice, 20 fits fine.
As I said, the time in 2005 was just right to come out with something a little more aged. And the Serie D No. 4s included in those Reserva boxes have 5 year old tobacco in it coming from the harvest in 2000. I also think they chose a very nice cigar for the launch of the Reserva line. The PSD4 is liked by most of us and still today oozes with class and taste. No wonder that they were sold out worldwide very quickly and in the meantime I have seen one or the other box change owner for a noticeably higher price than the one that was asked when they came out 9 years ago. And launching price already included a very steep mark up compared to a regular box. The few PSD4 Reservas I smoked where all top notch good quality tobacco and rich and satisfying as PSD4 are. Very typical for the marca having leather, pepper and earthy notes. Just as you would expect it from a Serie D on steroids.
Today I must admit that I lost track of all the Reservas and Gran Reservas. I still think it is a nice concept and as a collector I approve of it. Another positive aspect is that they chose mostly nice cigars as Reservas like the Monte No. 4, the Cohiba Pyramides and especially the Lusitanias from Partagas amongst others. One down side are the prices. Personally I feel they are simply over the top. And rest assured, that if it doesn’t have to be limited, numbered, nicely varnished, exclusive and collectable you can easily buy a five year old box of regulars and enjoy them the same. 🙂