Monday, September 19, 2011

Perdomo Reserve Champagne 10th Anniversary Super Toro Review

Wrapper: Connecticut shade Nicaraguan
Filler: Cuban-Seed Nicaraguan
Price: $7.50

This past Friday was the Perdomo Event at Xhale Lounge in Philadelphia. They are running their special all month long on their Perdomo products. I was told that this cigar received praise and several very high ratings from several sources. I have had the Noir several times before, and actually have a review of that as well. When I learned this cigar was rated just as high as the Noir, I felt I owed it to my readers, and myself to review this one as well.

The Connecticut shade wrapper on this cigar is flawless in every aspect. It was perfectly smooth and veinless. What more can you ash for than that? The cap was multiple layers and lay perfectly flush. This stick was solid throughout, not one soft spot in it. The aroma of this cigar before I lit it was sweet, almost like honey. If the appearance and construction is any early indication, I am in for a real treat with this one.

The initial flavors were simply amazing. There was a nice amount of spice, but not too strong, that was complimented quite nicely with an oak-like flavor. After about a half of an inch into this cigar, the spice dies down a bit, and opens up a very earthy profile. Around the same time, a slight sweet undertone forms to compliment the earthiness. My guess is that it is the honey I smelled before. It wasn’t strong enough to be perfectly accurate, but it kept hinting towards honey.

Just shy of the halfway point, the flavor profile balances out. There is now a perfect balance of oak, earth and spice. All three flavors are swirled together and laying on the palate. Each is very distinct. This flavor stays relatively consistent until the final third of the stick, where the flavor completely switches up.

The earthy tones and spice die down quite a bit and give way to the strong wood flavor. There seems to be a little coffee undertone trying to peek out because I was getting that slight bitter flavor every couple of puffs. The honey flavor also comes back leading to a very well-balanced and flavorful finish.

The ash on this cigar was pretty good. It held on for a solid two inches at a time. It was a medium shade of gray and nicely and evenly layered. The burn was perfectly even, not one wavy part throughout the entire length of the stick. The draw was flawless as well. The smoke was very thick and creamy, and gave off a nice earthy and woody aroma.

The ratings are true. This is a fantastic cigar. It’s a mild cigar that is packed with the flavor of a medium to full bodied cigar. This is one of the only mild cigars that I’ve had that had such a strong flavor profile. This is a great cigar for any cigar smoker. I give this one a 9 out of 10.


Zack the Stogie Man

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