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I had been hankerin’ to try one of these….This one is a belicoso.
6×52…The wrapper is Sumatran..nice and smooth. The filler is Dominican.
A pre-light sniff hollers tobacco.. The aroma reminds me of the snell of the tobacco warehouse when I was a kid….One of my favorite smells.
(I will have to look around and see if Mom has any photos of the warehouse….I doubt it but I will ask her.)
Once lit, the aroma was pleasant enough to me, although Mrs Hoot did ask “What is that?” with a somewhat disdainful look.
The smoke was plentiful and smooth.
There were one or two burn issues early on…but I will take the blame for the first one, due to DLT..(Drunken Lighting Technique)
But the burn issues were easily corrected and the rest of the smoke was issue free.
They claim this is a medium smoke but I would place in the mild category. The flavors came slowly..The first third was a somewhat cedary flavor which rather abrubtly changed to a cocoa/coffee type flavor. The last third reminded me more of coffee with milk or cream added….All in all, not too bad a smoke.
It ain’t an Excalibur, by no means, but not too bad.
If you can catch these on sale, they make a nice change of pace cigar, but I certainly would not lay out more than 20 bucks for a box…
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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