Tabacalera Perdomo

Perdomo cigars, Esteli, Nicaragua

Perdomo ESV Maduro Imperio

Perdomo ESV Maduro Imperio. Where the ESV stands for Estate Seleccion Vintage. Only the top 5 percent tobacco of Perdomo’s Finca Natalie is selected for the ESV series. Up until 2019, the ESV was a limited edition with releases in 2005 and 2016, but now it’s a regular production cigar although in small quantities due to limitations to the tobacco.

The regular production version is box-pressed instead of round. It is an all Nicaraguan cigar. The binder and filler are from Cuban seed tobaccos. The wrapper is a Nicaraguan Maduro. The imperio measures 6×54. I did a review of the ESV Sun Grown last year, that one scored a 92.

This cigar is a looker. A smooth, very dark, Maduro wrapper without any ugly veins. An almost metallic blueish gray ring with black and gold, very stylish. The Perdomo estate is pictured on the ring. The box press look works really well on this cigar. To the touch, this cigar feels very good with the right amount of bounce. And the aroma is strong, very strong. Oak, hay, and soil.

The cold draw is fine. A strong, spicy hay flavor is what comes to mind. The cigar starts with leather, earth, but mostly a slightly acidic and bitter dark roast coffee flavor. A good kind of bitter though. There is a hint of red pepper as well. The cigar turns dark and earthy, with a classic Maduro sweetness. Towards the second third, leather and a hint of dark chocolate join the earthy, peppery flavors. Even though the flavors are on the darker side of the flavor wheel, the cigar is creamy. With some nuts as well. The cigar slowly gets lighter in taste, not in strength or flavor, but on the flavor wheel. More chocolate, cream plus citrus acidity. Slowly leather shows up as well. The Maduro wrapper keeps releasing a subtle sweetness. The base flavor is earthiness with that Maduro sweetness, but with some black pepper to remaining interesting. The finale has a nice nutty flavor, with pepper, soil, and sweetness.

The draw is great. The ash is almost white and Nick Perdomo once told us that it’s because of the potassium in the soil. The burn is immaculate. Slow and steady, straight as can be. There is a good amount of smoke coming from the cigar. This is a full-body, full flavor cigar. The smoke time is two hours and forty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I prefer the Sun Grown.

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Perdomo 20th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto

Perdomo 20th Anniversary Connecticut Robusto. Yes, Connecticut Shade and I know I said I would stop reviewing Connecticut Shade wrappers. It just doesn’t fit my profile. But the guys as Cigaragua in Amsterdam really sold this cigar to me, claiming it is a must-try Connecticut Shade. We heard it before, but trusting their judgment I am going to give it a try.

For this blend, Nick Perdomo grew Cuban seed filler and binder on his farms in Nicaragua. The filler and binder are all higher priming leaves And he uses Connecticut Shade from Ecuador as the wrapper. But he ages the wrapper 8 years and then an additional 8 months in bourbon barrels. This to ensure the creamy and rich flavor complements the high priming filler and binder. This Robusto is 5×56.

The cigar looks good. As with any Perdomo band, the quality is outstanding. Detailing is good, embossing is fantastic, beautiful color schemes. The wrapper itself is not so pale for a Connecticut Shade wrapper. It is smooth. The cigar feels evenly filled. The aroma is strong, spice and wood.

The cold draw is a bit loose, with that typical old book flavor that is Connecticut Shade. But with cinnamon this time. At first, there is creamy coffee with white chocolate and sweetness. The old book or library flavor from the cold draw is nowhere to be seen yet, which is a positive. That distinct flavor is always the letdown of Connecticut Shade cigars. This cigar doesn’t have that flavor at the start. The cream is thick, with sweetness and cedar. Slowly some spices show up too, but it’s mainly cream, cedar, and a hint of white chocolate. The aroma of the cigar has a little bit of a toasty smell. The cigar is pleasant to retrohale. Halfway there is a mild peanut flavor with sweetness, cream, mild white pepper, and a little bit of pepper. And there is a little bit of salt. The cigar gets more cedar and caramel, a little leather, spices, and pepper complement these main flavors. Near the end, there are nuts and pepper. And as a farewell also a nice coffee flavor.

The draw is great. The light gray ash is firm. The cigar releases plenty of thick smoke. This is a mild to medium cigar in body. But more than that in flavor, medium for sure. The burn is decent. This is a smooth cigar, with balance. The smoke time is two hours and forty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I think this is the first traditional Connecticut Shade cigar that I really like

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Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown Regente

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown Regente. A line re-introduced in 2016, and as almost always with Perdomo, it came with sisters. Many Perdomo lines come in Connecticut Shade, Sun Grown, and Maduro. At first, the line came on the market in 2005, with vintage tobaccos from the 1991 harvest. Nick Perdomo Sr purchased that tobacco in 1995, so by the time it hit the market, the tobacco was true vintage. When the tobacco was all used, the line disappeared. But it returned in 2016, again with vintage tobaccos from the Perdomo tobacco library.

During episode 13 of The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show, the guys were introduced to this cigar. That was at Cigar Malaysia at the Ansa Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Extra cigars were purchased to review this cigar. All the tobacco in this blend is Nicaraguan. The same goes for the Maduro version. The only Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage blend that isn’t a Nicaraguan puro is the Connecticut version. That blend uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper.

The cigar looks amazing. The shiny, oily, reddish-brown wrapper is flawless. The sharp veins that are visible are from the binder. And then the ring, one of the prettiest in the game. Copper-colored, glossy with different shades of brown and lots of gold. The only other colors used are some black and white for the Perdomo logo. The cigar feels well constructed. It has a medium-strong aroma of hay and wood.

The cold draw is fine. With a flavor profile of salt, raw tobacco, and a little nut. After lighting, there is coffee, citrus, pepper, leather, and soil. A nutty flavor shows up too, with cedar. All with nice citrus that binds it together. The mouthfeel is meaty. The cedar gets a little stronger, there is some spice as well. The acidity disappeared. The second third starts with pepper, nuts, and sweetness. The final third has more wood, leather, and soil. But still with pepper, spice, and even some coffee.

The draw is fantastic. The burn is good. In the beginning, it looked like there would be an issue but the burn corrected itself. A good amount of smoke, with a nice thickness. Construction on the cigar is great. The light-colored ash is reasonably firm. The cigar is medium-full bodied. And full-flavored. Yet all while being smooth. The smoke time is three hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? Due to the price not often.

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Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro Robusto

When I started smoking Perdomo wasn’t available on the Dutch market, but I read about the brand a lot on Facebook, Club Stogie and later Cigar Asylum. Then I got bombed a few times so I had my chance to smoke a few Perdomo cigars but the brand didn’t impress me much and even after my first trip to the USA, back in 2009, where I tried a bunch of other Perdomo cigars it was just an okay brand for me. But then I smoked the Lot 23 maduro and I liked it a lot, and in my memory it is the best Perdomo cigar that I have smoked. Now in the most recent years Perdomo became available here, the company I used to work for distributed them so I tried several new Perdomo lines and even though its been a long time since I smoked that Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro, in my mind it’s still a great cigar. I wonder if I still like it so much, so I grabbed one for a review.

Now, what I remember from the conversation I had with Nick Perdomo about this cigar at Intertabac years ago, is that all the tobacco comes from a specific piece of one of his fields, lot 23, and the line started as an experiment. I guess the experiment was a success since the line had been available on the market for years and with three different wrappers, a Connecticut Shade, a Sun Grown (or Habano as its called in the USA) and this maduro wrapper and in an array of sizes. I picked the last 5×50 robusto I had in my stash, I still have a toro that I may or may not review in the future. As all the tobacco comes from Lot 23, which is on a farm in Nicaragua this is automatically a Nicaraguan puro.

In the cellophane and with my humidor lights the cigar didn’t look at that dark but once I get it out of the cellophane and in good light I notice how dark and oily the wrapper is, it’s almost black. It has two medium thick veins on the back of the cigar and a leathery feel to it. The construction is great with a neatly placed triple cap. The ring is about an inch in height, it’s pretty simple with a thick brown ring at the top and bottom and beige in between. On the top brown line it says Perdomo in beige letters, the bottom says Esteli, Nicaragua. On the beige there is a simple black drawing of a tobacco barn and a few palm trees. The paper is quite thick and has some embossing. The aroma is medium strong and all I can say is barnyard.

I punched the cigar, the cold draw is great. I taste a mild pepper with some cocoa. Right after carefully lighting the cigar with my Ronson varaflame I taste Cuban coffee, strong yet sweet. After a quarter of an inch i taste caramel with oak. After half an inch chocolate shows up too, dark chocolate. After a third I taste caramel, some citrus, wood and some toasted bread. Halfway I taste wood, toast and a little black pepper. Slowly the wood gets stronger with spices like nutmeg and a little cumin. A little later, but still in the second part, I start to taste nuts, walnut and hazelnut to be more precise. The final third starts with the nuts, cedar and a little bit of pepper. A few puffs later I taste peanuts with a little salt and more pepper.

The ash is almost white with darker smears, it’s firm too. The smoke is white, thick, full and it makes my air purifier work at full speed. The draw is flawless but all Perdomo cigars undergo a draw test before the wrapper is applied so that’s no surprise. The burn is pretty straight. This medium to full bodied cigar is very flavorful. The cigar has a lot of evolution. The smoke time is an hour and forty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a medium priced cigar yet very flavorful and good.

Score: 92

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Perdomo Fresco Toro

These bundled Perdomo Fresco cigars are made by Perdomo of tobacco from their own fields in Esteli, Nicaragua and wrapped in either a Connecticut shade of a Nicaraguan maduro wrapper. I smoked the 6×50 toro with the Connecticut shade wrapper.
The wrapper is quite dark for a Connecticut shade, it is dry too with a few veins. The construction is good and the predraw is fine. I taste musty tobacco and I smell a barnyard. I really don’t like the band.
I taste coffee with a spicy but sweet earth flavour and the flavors have an ashy touch to it. The ashy flavour disappears soon and after half an inch I taste earth with mushrooms. The cigar tastes like autumn, like wet leaves. After a third I taste some spices and a little bit of citrus.
The citrus slowly fades away and the flavors that remain are wood with spices, still autumn like flavors, with a little bit of pepper in the aftertaste. Past the middle point of the cigar I get a powdered sugar flavour. After two thirds the spices, like nutmeg, are getting stronger.
This cigar has a smoke time of two hours and fifteen minutes! The draw is great and I got a decent amount of smoke. The ash is light colored and not firm. The burn is good. This cigar is medium to full flavoured and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? I don’t think so

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Perdomo fresh rolled torpedo

Mark aka Borndead1 bombed me this cigar some time ago and it was time to review it. These Nicaraguan puros come in a Cuban wheel and are very wallet friendly.
This 6 1/2 x 52 torpedo comes without a band and has a sharp top. The wrapper is pretty and oily and only has some minor veins. The cigar itself doesn’t have a lot of aroma, just some hints of barnyard. The construction feels good. The predraw is just fine and releases some raisin.
The first flavor I taste is a firm earthy one combined with some leather and pretty soon some wood too. After half an inch I also taste a mild acid metallic flavor and it feels a bit creamy. After an inch the metallic flavor grows a bit in strength and then disappears.
The flavors are a mix of coffee, earthy flavors, leather and wood with a leathery aftertaste. The leather is different than the famous Cuban leather though. After the middle point of the cigar the coffee and earthy flavors are gone. I can taste wood with a minty note. The leather returns with the earthy tones. After that it’s a continues change between the main flavors wood, leather and earthy tones.
I get a reasonable amount of smoke and the draw is fine. The burn is straight as an arrow and the firm ash is light colored. The cigar is full flavored yet medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, a Cuban wheel of these cigars is a steal and they are very nice.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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C.I. Legend red (Perdomo)

This cigar is made by Perdomo for Cigars International. The wrapper is nice, dark and has a few veins. The torpedo has quite a sharp point and feels well constructed. The predraw is good and gives me a pepper flavor. The cigar has a strong leather aroma combined with some black pepper.
I get a quite full bodied coffee flavor with a bit of pepper as an after bite. After half an inch I also get mild chocolate that slowly turns into dark bitter chocolate. This all happens behind the main flavor, which is still the coffee the cigar started with.
Halfway the feeling in my mouth gets dry and a wood flavor tries to find its way through the coffee. The chocolate is gone, but the pepper in the back of the throat still remains. At the 2/3rd point some nuts join the coffee.
I don’t get a lot of smoke, better said, the amount of smoke is poor and a bit brownish. The light colored ash is frayed but firm. The burn is good. After 2/3rd the smoke picks up a bit, but it’s too late. This is a medium bodied medium flavored cigar.
Would I buy this cigar again? I will stick to the Yellow by Don Pepin Garcia, I liked that better

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 5 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Perdomo Lot 23 maduro robusto

This 5 x 50 cigar is made from tobacco grown on a small tobacco field in Nicaragua with a broadleaf maduro wrapper. The wrapper is a bit rough on the edges with some veins, but that just makes the cigar manly. The minute I remove the cellophane I could smell the barnyard aroma, which means the aroma is quite strong. The construction feels good, I couldn’t detect any weak spots. The band is nice, modest, stylish but unfortunately also quite large and glued together too good, which annoys me as with big bands like these, you have to remove them at a certain moment and with good glue that can be a problem. Oliva has big bands too, but their bands are easily removed so it’s no big deal, but on this Perdomo it’s different. The predraw is just fine.
When I light the cigar with my Ronson jetflame I could taste a full flavored coffee and after half an inch, the coffee gets a mild chocolate aftertaste and about half an inch later, the chocolate becomes the main flavor with a mild creamy texture. There isn’t a lot of change in flavors, but I don’t care because I like what I taste.
Halfway the cigar becomes a bit peppery and the pepper grows a bit in strength with the chocolate on the background. This flavor is consistent almost till the end. The final few puffs are nutty and then I have to dump the nub in the ashtray.
The draw on this cigar is fine and the burn is even better. I had minor burn issues in the beginning, with some crooked burning but it corrected itself and was razor sharp from that moment. The ash is light colored and a bit frayed on the top, but it didn’t turn into a Don King haircut, as I expected it to be after a few puffs. The amount of smoke is fine but the texture is kind of thin and the color has a light blue glow to it. I would call this a full flavored cigar, but I am not sure if this is a medium or full bodied cigar. I mean, while I was smoking it, it felt like a medium bodied cigar, but I think it’s a mean old sniper because I could clearly notice an overdose on Vitamin N when I stood up.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, you can find these for $3 a stick and that makes it a very affordable cigar.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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