Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Cuban Seed Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli, Jalapa, Condega)
Size: 6.5 x 48 “Corona Grande”
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $7.75 MSRP
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I’ve reviewed the 20th Anniversary Sun Grown. Now it’s time for the Maduro.This stick is the latest size. The blend debuted at the 2012 IPCPR along with the Sun Grown.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Jason Harding of BestCigarPrices.com for the cigars.

From BestCigarPrices.com:
“Perdomo 20th Anniversary celebrates the fine Perdomo family tradition of premium Nicaraguan handmade cigars. Well-aged Cuban-seed long-fillers from Esteli, Jalapa, and Condega beneath a Nicaraguan Broadleaf maduro wrapper from the highest priming make for a rich smoke with bold notes of cocoa, coffee, and leather with a long, sweet finish.”

The basis for the cigar is to celebrate the 20th year that Perdomo had been in business. The stick is a semi box pressed cigar. The cigars are aged for 6 years and then are barrel aged in bourbon barrels for an additional 14 months.

The cigar is gorgeous with a super oily coffee bean wrapper that feels toothy.Seams are tight. Lots of veins. A moderately well executed triple cap. And the multi-hued cigar band has the right earth tones to really set off the cigar’s color.

I clip the cap and find aromas of sweet mint, earthiness, cocoa, and spice.
Time to light up.

The draw is easy. The first flavor to make an impact is spiciness. Plenty of it. It has a very leathery element. So much so, that it feels like I’m gnawing on fresh calf skin. The calf didn’t need it any longer.
The earthiness is upfront as its richness cannot be understated.
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The cigar’s flavor profile is very subtle and nuanced. I’m only at the first inch. But the Maduro version is much different than the Sun Grown version..for obvious, and not so obvious, reasons. The cocoa builds slowly and begins to have a hot chocolate with marshmallow taste. Sweetness begins to have an impact. As well as a light coffee with cream. But the leather has the largest influence.

Creaminess bolts out of the blue and moves to the front of the pack. And here they are, ladies and germs: Creaminess, leather, red pepper, cocoa, sweetness, coffee, and a tad of Indian cooking spices…like cumin.

The second third begins. It is an official flavor bomb. The red pepper surges forward and almost knocks the creaminess and cocoa from their spots in line. My sinuses have cleared. And my eyes are watering. Whew.

I got this great sampler from BCP. A nice array of sizes that are mostly redwood trees: 1 – Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro Churchill (7″ x 56) 1 – Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro Epicure (6″ x 56) 1 – Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro Gordo (6″ x 60) 1 – Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro Robusto (5″ x 56) 1 – Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro Torpedo (6.5″ x 54) 1 – Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro Corona Grande (6.5″ x 48).
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The strength started off at medium but has grown to medium/full by the second third. And the flavors are wonderful. I’ve smoked a lot of these sticks in the past and they are, by far, my favorite Perdomo blend. But then, it is basically, Perdomo’s flagship blend. The only blend to out price i,t and out flavor it, is the Perdomo Edición de Silvio. But at anywhere between $13-$20 a stick, it is a little rich for my blood.

I near the halfway point and the cigar is swimming in a pool of flavor. The complexity really digs its heels in. The balance of creaminess, leather, cocoa, spice, coffee, and Indian spices is spectacular.

I may review the bigger ones, separately, so as to compare the size differential of the flavor profiles.
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The cigar is smooth as glass now. I find it hard to believe that this isn’t a limited edition blend. But Perdomo has a ginormous access to good tobacco because of the sheer size of the company. A boutique brand would have trouble making this cigar for two reasons: Its access to the tobacco and the lengthy aging. Under the aegis of a boutique brand, it would cost $12 a stick.

The strength continues to hang at medium/full without any signs of nicotine…yet.

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Construction has been magnificent. The char line has behaved perfectly. No wrapper issues. And the cap has stayed in place without loose bits of tobacco getting stuck between my teeth. The only reason I make a small clip to the cap is to save you the disgust of seeing my drool in the photos.

The last third begins and we are on cruise control. I expected this cigar to smoke a lot faster but it has been almost 2 hours since I put torch to foot.
I get a very nutty flavor that I overlooked from earlier. Sort of a mixed nuts concoction.

This is way off topic but you should check out Doc James. A specialty online cigar store. They have the new CroMagnon Aquitaine Mode 5 in a 3 stick sampler that goes for $22.00. Here are the contents:
– RoMa Craft CroMagnon Fomorian EMH
– RoMa Craft CroMagnon EMH
– RoMa Craft Aquitaine Mode 5
Check it out at RoMa Craft Tobac 3 pack.

With less than a couple inches to go, the cigar moves up to full body accompanied by a shit load of nicotine. I find it slows down my typing considerably…not to mention how many typos I make. Whew. Cigarette smokers are probably used to this but having never smoked a cigarette; it knocks me off my pegs.

This has been an absolutely superb blend. This stick is for the experienced smoker that likes them flavorful and powerful. But who also have immaculate palates that can taste all the nuances the 20th Anniversary brings to the table. Definitely not for newbies.

For this size, I highly recommend you let it rest in your humidor for 2-3 weeks. Any sooner and you’ve wasted a good cigar.
Here is the final list of flavors: Creaminess, cocoa, leather, coffee, sweetness, spice, and nuts.

I recommend trying the sampler that I got. The price point is on the money and you get to try all the sizes.
Thanks again to Jason Harding and BestCigarPrices.com.
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And now for something almost different:

I mentioned that I’ve never smoked a cigarette. Back in the mid 1970’s, while I lived in London, hash and weed were smoked in a way I had not experienced.

The Brits would break up a cigarette. Then take two rolling papers and line them up end to end with a slight overlap. They would sprinkle the cigarette tobacco over the rolling papers. They would hold a match to a hunk of hash to soften it and then break little tiny bits off and sprinkle them on top of the cigarette tobacco.

They then took a match book cover and rolled it into a tube and place it at one end of the rolling papers. With half in and half sticking out.

They rolled the doob up. The tube of match book cover acted as a filter of sorts. A mouthpiece.

The result was a 4” long doobie. And that’s how they smoked both hash and weed. Weed was rare in England because it was more cost efficient to smuggle hash than it was bushels of weed.

I politely smoked the thing but I got sick as a dog from the nicotine. That lasted one whole week before I went to a pipe shop and bought a small pipe.

From that point forward, I brought the pipe everywhere and when offered that ridiculous doobie, I turned it down and brought out my pipe. When I offered it to people, they declined by saying they got too high. Wanker pussies.

This was OK because it meant more for me and my American buddy, Skip.

I can’t count how many times in that first week of smoking English doobs, that both Skip and I found ourselves sitting on a snow covered stoop in the freezing weather to shake off that nicotine high. And green to the gills. It was on one of those occasions that we got up and found a pipe shop and never looked back.

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