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Wrapper: Cuban-Seed Corojo
Filler: Nicaraguan (from Esteli, Condega & Jalapa regions)
Vitola: Torpedo 6×54
Strength: Medium Bodied
Average Price: $6.00-7.00 from either online or at a local B&M
Perdomo Cigars released the Perdomo Habano in August 2007. The company has touted this cigar in its use of three different tobaccos from different regions in Nicaragua, making for a balanced and enjoyable smoking experience.
I found the Perdomo Habano by accident, the box stuck in a corner of my B&M’s walk-in humidor. As I have not had as much experience in smoking the wares of Perdomo as I do of other popular cigar brands, I thought this would be a great time to get more acquainted with this line from Perdomo.
While I didn’t find any issues or problems with the veiny, cuban-seed corojo wrapper pre-burn, I did find that once I removed the band (designed from Cuban artwork from the 1900’s) I had an crack in the wrapper about an inch in length. I am unsure that if this was present pre-burn or if it happened during the smoking time. Thankfully, the crack didn’t inhibit the smoking in any way. The cigar did have a strong cedar aroma pre-burn. This is most likely from the Spanish Cedar box that the cigars shipped in.
The initial hint of flavor that came right in the first draw of the cigar was cocoa, but dissipated within five minutes of smoking and was replaced with a hint of sweetness. The draw on this cigar was balanced: open, effortless with a minimum amount of resistance. During the halfway point of the cigar, I detected leathery hints, while the sweet flavors from the beginning took a backseat. In the last third is where I got a strong flavor of burnt coffee, and it stayed prominent throughout the end of the smoke time.
While I would categorize this cigar medium bodied, the last third of this cigar is much stronger than first two thirds because of that burnt coffee flavor. While I am a big proponent of full bodied cigars, this flavor doesn’t go away and borders on bitter, especially when you have kind of flavor for at least 30 minutes.
No issues were found with the burn, although I did have to relight the cigar a couple time throughout the smoking time. Expect a white, firm ash from this cigar. I never felt I would end up with a lap or shirt full of ash, which is always a bonus. Because of the flavors of the last third of the cigar, the finish on the cigar is a bit longer than what I would consider normal (couple of hours).
Another cigar that was good but didn’t blow me away. The burnt coffee flavors from the last third of the cigar almost killed it for me. I would be curious to know if anyone has taken the time to let these sit for a few months to see if the final flavors toned down and got more in line with the rest of the cigar. I may end up doing just that to give this cigar proper closure.
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Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler: Cameroon, Brazil, Dominican Republic
The first thing I noticed was the girly looking label. It reminded me of Juicy Couture, if you don’t know what that is, shame on you and you should probably go ask your wife or girlfriend. It’s not ugly and much respect to my lady smokers, but it just looks a little girly to me. In other words, you can say it’s a little to “cute” for my taste.
The wrapper is a Connecticut-Ecuadorian grown wrapper and it has a Sugary smell to it. The foot didn’t give off any noticeable aroma and the pre-draw left a little spice on my lips. One thing i do have to mention is the smoothness on the wrapper. No veins at all.
When it comes to flavors this is what I call a “candy cigar”. It starts off very Sweet, Honey and with a Nutty undertone. And at the same time it’s also very mild. A Peppery undertone was added coming in to the second third, which could have easily ruined the cigar, but its not overpowering and it blends in very well with the sweetness of the cigar. Even better, it doesn’t last long, after a few couple of puffs it fades away. Reaching the end, the cigar ends with a Creamy Toasty Wood flavor and remains harsh-free. Good flavor profile, easy on the palate and remains consistent.
Maybe I did something wrong while lighting up the cigar, but the ash started off really flaky. But then minutes later it fixes it self, becomes really smooth and perfect. It remains strong and didn’t fall off until way past the half way mark. Another great thing about the construction is the burn. The burn was excellent all through out the cigar and it stays lit for a very long time. True quality in the Don Lino 1989 and i was very impressed.
I really enjoyed this cigar. Yes, I enjoy a little bit more flavor and a little bit more strength in my cigars, but this cigar delivers and its good. And once in awhile a sweet cigar like this Don Lino is a great thing. I would definitely smoke it again and I wouldn’t mind a 5 pack of these in the humidor for when im in that mood again. And I recommend everyone to give a try. It’s a really good cigar and you Mild/Sweet cigar loving smokers will definitely enjoy this one.
Final Note: For the mild smoker, I think you’ll love this cigar. For the full body smoker, I think you’ll be very impressed and also very satisfied with the flavors. Ive said this before and im going to say it again, but we have to come out of our little “cigar bubble” once in awhile. If you’re a passionate cigar smoker like myself, you have the pleasure of having hundreds and hundreds of choices to choose from. It wont hurt you to try something new once in awhile and I promise you there will be one, in that one-hundred that you will enjoy.
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