Sunday, August 10, 2008

Perdomo Reserve Champagne Connecticut (Toro)

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This cigar was formally called the La Tradicion Cabinet Series Perdomo Reserve introduced in 1998. It comes in four different wrapper choices: Nicaraguan sun-grown (white), Connecticut Shade (gold), Nicaraguan-grown maduro (red), and Cameroon (silver). I chose the Champagne gold series toro size, 50 ring gauge by 6" which comes in tubes. The non-tubed toro is a 54 ring gauge by 6".

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I bought a box of 25 for $148.99 on-line. The box is a beautiful glossy gold painted cedar box with black lettering, containing glass tubes of gold cellophane wrapped cigars. I was very impressed by the packaging and the quality appearance of the cigars. So far I have smoked five of the cigars and each one was consistent in it's look and taste.

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The wrapper on these cigars are just gorgeous. It is buttery tan in color with a subtle oily sheen. There are some fine to medium veins present but overall I would describe it as smooth. The aroma of the cigar was a mild clean tobacco scent on both wrapper and foot. The feel of the cigar was firm as if it was nicely packed. Clipping the cigar was easy and the draw was easy with a perfect slight pull. The pre-light flavor was of buttery light tobacco with no hint of spice.

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Initial lighting produced a very mild papery flavor that was very short on the finish. After a few puffs I detected some pepperiness in the back of my throat but nothing too harsh. The burn line was razor sharp and even with a nice firm white to light gray ash. The flavor started out very mild and then progressed to a more medium finish. I detected cream, floral, vanilla, nuts and honey with a tart woody finish. The pepperiness dissipates as you smoke the cigar mid-way leaving a nice toasty wood to graham cracker finish. There were notes of honey sweetness, slight bitterness in the beginning, some pronounced acidity and a touch of saltiness.

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The burn line did stray at the half way mark causing me to torch it back in place. However, it did straighten out on it's own in the last one third. I liked that the cigar finished with a longer cedar flavor at the end.

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Overall, I really enjoyed this cigar. From the moment I pull one of the glass tubes out of the box and begin the process of undressing it to smoke is very enjoyable. It is very classy in appearance and taste. The flavor is outstanding and the construction impeccable. The whole cigar held together very well while smoking. I would definitely buy another box of these in the tube toros. It seems as though the glass preserves the cigar very well, but long term preservation is yet to be determined.

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I would rate the cigar an 89.

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