Up for review this week is the Perdomo Reserve Champagne. This cigar weighs in at 4.75 inches in length with a 56 ring gauge. The wrapper is a Connecticut Shade with a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers. Stuck to the orange tinted cellophane wrapper is a “Best of the Best 2005” sticker from the Robb Report.
During my pre light inspection I found the cigar to be very attractive. The wrapper had small veins and a smooth texture. When pinched the stick was a little soft towards the tapered head but firm in the center and down at the foot. The aroma of the wrapper is rich and sweet and is also very aromatic. Once cut the cigar produced a free draw with sweet flavors.
Once lit the cigar produced a good volume of thick and flavorful smoke. The initial base flavor starts out as rich and earthy with the familiar “Nic Zing” (As Dale Roush would say) that gives the cigar a slight edginess. The body is about medium and the finish is smooth and easy on the palate. The burn is slow and even while producing a firm light colored ash.
I continued to enjoy my Perdomo Reserve Champagne into the second third. At this point the base flavor was a rich tobacco flavor with some sweetness and a mild buttery flavor. The body was still in the medium range while the finish remained smooth and almost creamy on the palate. The slight edginess remained but seemed to give the cigar a little more character and made me enjoy it even more.
As I smoked into the final third of this stick the body remained in the Medium range while the finish remained smooth and semi creamy. The bit of edginess seemed to build as I smoked but continued to be enjoyable and add a bit of character to the smoke. The base flavor was still predominantly a rich and sweet natural tobacco flavor with some buttery flavors coming in as an aftertaste. The draw remained free and produced a god volume of thick and flavorful smoke. The ash was light in color and firm while the burn was slow and even.
Overall I really enjoyed this cigar. Personally I think that this makes a great morning cigar and goes well with my usual cup of Earl Grey tea. The price is outside of my normal comfort zone, at around 5.50 per stick but can be purchased in Cigars International samplers for much less (which is where I have gotten all of mine). If you enjoy Medium bodied smokes and are in search of something after breakfast with a hot beverage I think this would be worth a try.