Brand: Perdomo Habano Maduro
Length: 5.00 Inches
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro
County of Origin:Nicaragua
Price Per box: $90.00
The Perdomo Habano was released in 2007 from tobaccos grown on the Perdomo Farms in Nicaragua. The filler is comprised of Tobacco selected from three different growing regions which include Esteli, Condega, and Jalapa. Esteli and Jalapa are recognized on rear side of the primary band. The word Habana is also printed on the band to recognize the Cuban seed which the tobaccos originated from.
Nick Perdomo has stated “By blending these cigars using filler tobaccos from these different regions, we’ve created a unique smoking experience where you will enjoy the complexity of the full flavored tobaccos from Eseli, the aromatic tobaccos from Condega, and the naturally sweet tobaccos from the Jalapa Valley.”
Just like the Corojo, the first thing I notice about this cigar is the intricate band. The design is very well done and does an excellent job of grasping your attention while your walking through your local smoke shop. Once out of the cellophane it is easy to see the rich oily Maduro wrapper. From head to foot the color and sheen are consistent.
There are several veins that run down the cigar, all of which are fairly small and feel relatively flat. When handled I find the cigar to feel slightly gritty due to the oily specs (tooth) which cover the exterior leaf. After giving my Perdomo Habano Maduro a firm pinch I found a single soft spot in the area of the band. Aside from this one spot the cigar felt firm and evenly packed with tobacco.
After making quick work of the cap with my cigar scissors, I quickly checked the draw. I found it to be free with a little resistance and mild flavors. Once I was finished the toasting and lighting process I had my Perdomo Habano Maduro burning evenly and producing a generous volume of smoke.
The first third starts off in the medium bodied range with a creamy finish. Early on there was a little bite going on which was a mild irritant to the back of my throat. The base flavor consisted of a rich Maduro sweetness with mild bitter chocolate secondary flavors. After expelling the smoke from the mouth and sinus cavity I was left with a rich and dense aftertaste which I enjoyed very much.
The burn rate was about average while producing a dark grey ash . The ash was firm but began flowering just a few minutes into the smoke. The resting smoke is light and had a rich, yet mild, aroma to it.
At about the sixty minute mark I found myself in the second third of my Perdomo Habano Maduro. The ash remains a dark grey color and is no longer flowing. After tapping the ash into the ashtray, the cigar needed to be touched up a little to get things back on track. Once touched up, the cigar burned well. The smoke time remains about average as does the amount of resting smoke.
The body slowly climbs to the medium to full range while the finish is smooth. The creamy texture on my tongue and walls of my mouth remained and seemed to last just a bit longer with each puff. The base flavor remained focused on the Maduro wrapper and produced a rich tobacco flavor. The secondary flavor was turning into more of a mild fruit flavor. The combination was interesting and kept my attention on the Maduro flavors coming from the wrapper.
At about the ninety minute mark I found myself well into the final third of my cigar. The burn line is thin and remained a little wavy. Once the ash had a chance to develop the waviness would correct itself until it came time to ash it once again. The smoke rate is about average and continues to produce a good amount of thick smoke with each puff.
The body was still in the medium to full range with a longer lasting creamy finish. The base flavors were developing more and more with each puff in terms on complexity and character. The primary focus remained on the naturally sweet Maduro wrapper with secondary flavors of black peppercorns and mild spice. All while maintaining a mild fruit flavor which lacked its own defined sweetness.
Overall I was happy with this cigar I almost expected it to mimic the Perdomo Habano Corojo in that the base flavor might end up being very similar with a Maduro twist. It seems as though the filler was blended for each cigar with the wrapper in mind so that each smoke has its own unique flavor profile.
At the $5.00 price point, locally here in PA, I think it is very reasonable. While the cigars depth won’t knock you off your feet, it provides a flavorful and enjoyable smoke all the way to the nub.