Sunday, August 10, 2008

Perdomo Habano Maduro (torpedo)

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When I first saw this cigar I thought, what an attractive cigar. It is truly gorgeous with it's oily dark Maduro wrapper and well shaped pointed cap. The Perdomo Habano cigars were introduced in 2007 and comes in three different types of wrappers: a natural shade Corojo, triple fermented Maduro and Connecticut version. I have both the Maduro and Corojo and I will eventually review the Corojo at a later date. The cigars are available in five vitolas, with none smaller than a 52 ring gauge. I'm hoping Perdomo eventually offers a corona or lancero version of this cigar since I prefer smaller ring gauges. The torpedo dimensions is 6 and 1/2 inches by 54 ring gauge. I chose to take a generous cut of the long pointed cap and was rewarded with a perfect and clear draw. This puro cigar is made in Esteli, Nicaragua and contains tobacco from all the major growing areas in Nicaragua: Esteli, Jalapa, and Condega.

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Once again I have to say that the construction of this cigar is just perfect in my opinion. I saw no imperfections and the double bands come off easily which is nice because you definitely will have to remove both to enjoy the cigar without interference. I also like the fact that the foot band indicates the wrapper type which is very helpful for people like me who just place all their cigars in the humidor without labeling. The cigar feels firm and nicely packed. It also has a really nice aroma which I find a lot of cigars don't give off a strong aroma. I found the aroma to be like a sweet raisiny tobacco.

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After smoking another Nicaraguan puro, the Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ, I was surprised at how mild this cigar was. There was some peppery heat in the beginning and at the end but overall, the intensity was pretty mild to barely medium. The first third showed really nice Maduro flavors of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and a residue of caramel. I also tasted some coffee and a little bit of leather which was really nice. The cigar draws beautifully and produces a nice volume of smoke. However, the body was in the mild to medium range. I think a beginner to intermediate cigar smoker would enjoy this cigar. When I ashed the cigar for the first time, I noticed very little ligero. The ash is nice and compact and light gray in color. The burn line is nice and sharp and may require some touch ups every once in a while.

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The second third was pretty one dimensional. It begins to develop a more predominant leather flavor along with vanilla spice. It also started to cause a slight irritation to the back of my throat. I was drinking a watered down Coke while I smoked the cigar, which helped to clear my throat. The end of the second third brought back more peppery heat similar to the start of this cigar.

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The finally third was pretty much more of the same. Leather was the main base flavor along with an ever present caramel sugar residual sweetness. I think it would be nice if the cigar had more creaminess to balance out all the flavors, but unfortunately this was not the case.

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The cigar retails for about $5.60 a stick. I think construction wise, it's worth that much. But, flavor wise I feel it was a disappointment. I'm no expert, but I'm wondering if this blend would do better with smaller ring gauges. I would probably not buy a whole box of these cigars since I know I can get better value and more complexity elsewhere. However, I would recommend it to beginner smokers as an introduction to Maduro flavors.

Check out other reviews of this cigar:

The Stogie Review on the Perdomo Habano Maduro robusto

The Stogie Guys on the Perdomo Habano Maduro toro

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