In 2012 Perdomo released the 20th Anniversary cigar series in two different tobacco wrappers: Nicaraguan Sungrown and Nicaraguan Maduro, both of which have Nicaraguan tobacco binders and fillers. In July 2016, Perdomo released a third 20th Anniversary series blend with a Connecticut-seed shade-style wrapper grown in Ecuador.
The Perdomo 20th Anniversary Ecuadorian Connecticut blend comes in the same seven vitolas as the Nicaraguan Sungrown and Maduro versions: Churchill (7”x 56), Corona Grande (6½”x 48), Epicure (6”x 56), Gordo (6”x 60), Pyramid (6½”x 60), Robusto (5”x 56) and Torpedo (6½”x 54).
The Corona Grande reviewed was perfectly constructed, with a silky golden wrapper without any blemishes. There were two very thin veins that were well rolled out during construction and the seams are so well done that you have to look closely to identify them. The tobacco is evenly packed throughout the cigar and the cap is done flawlessly.
The initial draw is just right, providing an ideal amount of airflow to allow the smoker to fully appreciate the flavors of the tobaccos. The first few puffs are smooth and the cigar has a light-to-medium flavor profile that is complex. The cigar starts off creamy and buttery, with a finish on the palate that tastes of hay and nuts. The hay flavor dominates in the middle of the cigar. In the final third, notes of cedar come through. Throughout the smoke, the flavors of the wrapper, binder and filler tobaccos are blended exceptionally well.
The burn remained quite even for most of the smoke, but became slightly wavy at times, never to the extent that it required any touching up with a flame. The ash was firm and mostly white to light gray. Two relights were required near the middle of the cigar.
Perdomo cigars were founded in 1992 by Nick Perdomo Jr. as a home business in the garage of his home in Miami. Perdomo Jr.’s father was a second-generation Cuban cigar roller who, according to the Perdomo website, was “a target of the wrath and violence inherent in establishing Castro’s ‘New Cuba’. Ambushed by pro-Castro guerrillas, he was shot and critically wounded – within view of the very home his father Silvio was arrested and abducted from.” Mr. Perdomo Sr. escaped Cuba with the help of the Catholic Church and came to the United States. Today, Perdomo employs thousands of workers at its factory in Esteli, Nicaragua and at the company’s headquarters in Miami, Florida.
The review portion was a blind tasting completed without any information on the cigar, its tobaccos, or manufacturer. The cigar was intentionally smoked slowly (two or three draws per minute) to avoid the burn getting overly hot and negatively affecting the taste and only water was consumed while smoking.
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