Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Maduro

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The Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Maduro is a new Nicaraguan puro created to celebrate the next generation of Tabacalera Perdomo's original La Tradicion Perdomo Reserve line. Like the original line, these cigars are hefty in size. The churchills I picked up at my local B&M are 54 ring gauge by 7 inches. All the sizes in this line are at least 54 ring gauge with the largest being a figurado at 56 ring gauge.

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This cigar is handsome to look at. The construction was impeccable on the two churchills I purchased. The wrapper had a nice "stained" maduro look with thin veins and a slightly oily sheen. The tooth on the surface gave the cigar a slight course feel and when I gently squeezed the cigar, it felt evenly packed all the way around. The aroma released by the cigar was heavenly and smelled of fruity, sweet, aged tobacco with hints of red wine.

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When I clipped the cigar with my guillotine cutter, I was pleasantly surprised by it's loose draw despite feeling packed with tobacco. The pre-light draw was deeply flavorful with the same fruity tobacco notes and touch of warm spice.

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The cigar lit easily with my torch lighter and the resulting body of smoke was nice and creamy. You will immediately want to recline back and really savor this cigar. The initial flavors were nice with overtones of dark semi-sweet chocolate, warm spices and a touch of cherry acidity. The finish initially was short and toasty.

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Overall, the cigar did not transition too much from it's primary flavors. Once you get into the heart of the cigar, it pretty much gives you consistent enjoyable flavors of mocha, sweet cream and spice, then eventually rich leather, roasted nuts and smooth aged tobacco with a long finish. I had no complaints with the medium body and lack of a red pepper kick. However, there was some ligero present, it just doesn't slap you around like a fuller-bodied peppery smoke. This cigar seemed intent on keeping me relaxed and comfortable. On that note, I strongly believe this is a cigar that everyone can enjoy. My husband, who prefers mild cigars, took a few draws off my cigar and almost didn't give it back. The nerve of him!

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The price point of these cigars is in the $6.50 to $8.00 range, and are available in boxes of 25. I could see myself purchasing more of these cigars again due to their great tasting smooth flavor. It's just a great cigar to relax with. The draw is easy and the smoke is creamy enough to blow smoke rings (if I knew how). If you come across them at your local B&M, pick up a few sticks. I can't think of a better way to celebrate the stock market recovering or, God forbid, a way to temporarily take your mind off of your declining portfolio.



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1 comment:

Cameron Reilly said...

Hi Lisa! Thanks for the review of the Perdomo 10th Anniversary Maduro! I know it's a couple of years old, but I wanted to say thanks anyway! I just blogged about your review on our site: http://www.perdomocigars.com.au/blog/perdomo-reserve-10th-anniversary-maduro-review/

Hope you continue to keep up the great work!


cheers
Cameron Reilly
Marketing Manager
Perdomo Cigars Australia
cameron@perdomocigars.com.au
Twitter: perdomo_cigars
http://www.perdomocigars.com.au