Cigar Review: A slow-starting spicy Perdomo

Perdomo Habano Maduro Toro
Perdomo Habano Maduro Toro

Cigar Name: Perdomo Habano Maduro (5.5 x 54)

Cigar Description: Nicaraguan Cuban-seed Corojo filler with Maduro wrapper

Cigar Strength: Full

Review of the Cigar itself: I decided to do some bug hunting (not real bugs but computer ones) tonight and as I went on the search of them, I decided to give this Perdomo a try. I’ve had hit and miss experience with them so I’m a little hesitant as to how this one will taste. I got a little 40 Creek on the rocks to enjoy with. The cigar smelled liked rich fresh earth, almost deep in the earthy, composty smell. I actually happen to like this smell as it makes me thing of summer’s past: family playing horseshoes, beers, laughter, watching the oil tankers on the St. Lawrence, general mirth. The wrapper was beautiful although a bit lighter than I normally see for maduro wrappers.

It did take longer to light this cigar than I’ve had to take with others that had more girth but surprisingly, the draw was great once the foot was toasty.  As I got into the first third of the cigar, the flavour seemed somewhat lacking at times. Rather than being a full cigar it struck me more as a mild cigar with very little strong flavour that one could normally find. I will say that the burn was good and the ash a nice consistent light grey but it’s fragile, which explains why it broke off enmasse as I was examining it. This definitely is a cigar with lots of aromatic spicy smoke. It’s almost as if the first third of the cigar’s flavour went into the smoke.

But that changed as I got into the middle third. A nice deep spicy aste hit the back of my throat, almost a white pepper taste. It was pleasant and continued. As I got closer into the last third, I noticed a slight change towards a light creamy leather with an rich earthy piquancy. The ash was no longer it’s perfect and this time, when it fell I was able to get it into the ashtray rather than the floor. It’s the last third that the flavour really zinged out. It was a wonderful seasoned pepper taste that filled my whole mouth.

I would definitely recommend a full meal before trying this one. While the start was a little light it made up for it when getting to the end. The creamy leather taste faded deep into the background while the white pepper taste danced in the forefront of things. As I smoked it to the nub, I refilled my whiskey and enjoyed the last of the rich cigar. The peppery taste faded a bit but it wasn’t to a mild flavour. The end of the cigar was more of the rich flavour without the overly peppery taste. It’s great to enjoy a good cigar on a cool summer evening.

Enjoyed with: water and 40 Creek Aged Double Barrel

Smoke time: approximately 70 minutes

Final Review Rating: 8/10

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