I have for you again another cigar that premiered at this year’s IPCPR. This time, we’re taking a look at the new offering from Perdomo, named the Patriarch. In keeping with the name, this cigar is dedicated to the late Nicholas Perdomo Senior, the original patriarch of the brand. In fact, the word is that the cigars are based on Perdomo Senior’s favorite blends of tobacco. The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro, comprised of leaves from Esteli, Condega and Jalapa.
The really interesting story is how I came by this cigar. I didn’t pick it up at the show (though I did get a picture of me with Nick Perdomo), I actually got it from a rep. A rep for another cigar company! Of course, he couldn’t exactly get away with smoking a Perdomo cigar while he made his rounds, so he donated said stick to science. And by science, I mean for me to review. Close enough. That must mean it’s time for some science.
But before we put on our lab coats, a quick note. Generally I try to smoke several cigars for a review, in this case, I was only able to get my hands on one in time. Let’s hope that this smoke is a good representative of the line!
Size: 6 1/2 x 54
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Smoking Time: 2 1/2 hours
For a special, commemorative cigar, it has a pretty understated, unpretentious appearance. It does have dual bands, but they are very small, clean and functional. The band near the head tells you that yes, this is a Perdomo cigar. The foot band tells you the name of the cigar. Very practical, but not unattractive.
Looking the cigar over, I found it slightly lumpy but visually smooth and pretty oily. I didn’t notice any imperfections anywhere, or any soft spots. All in all, a pretty good looking, well packed cigar.
The scent of the wrapper was a very strong compost with some chocolate notes. I also tested the scent at the foot and found it to be composty as well, but with some hay, and even more interesting, some berry. The cold taste was all sweet chocolate.
After a thorough toasting of the foot, it wasn’t more than a puff or two that I noticed this cigar was starting to burn unevenly. As it turns out, this was a sign of things to come, as the cigar very rarely maintained an even burn line the entire time I smoked it. Even frequent touch ups couldn’t keep it even for long, at least not until the final third. And the cigar did require a couple of relights in the second third, which did have the side effect of evening things out a bit.
On the bright side, the ash was pretty solid. I got a nice length of light ash that held on for a respectable inch and a half. It wasn’t the most attractive ash though. It seemed to form large cracks around every quarter of an inch.
Another positive is that this cigar is a slow burner, which I rather enjoyed.
Though this the corojo cigar it had a lot of flavor elements that had me wondering if it was the maduro. Right of the bat I got a great combination of cocoa, nuts with a bit of earth, and of course, a sweet, mildly spicy corojo flavor. The first third also developed some great creamy coffee and caramel flavors.
Just before the second third began, the cigar took on some cedar and by this point the corojo I tasted in the first third was all but gone. The second third was began with a lot great, creamy, almost peanutbuttery flavors with occasional honey sweetness. Toward the end of this third, the flavors moved more toward dark chocolate, earth and a little bit of leather.
The final third surprised me by returning to a more rich, less dark chocolate, a reappearance of coffee and some very tasty caramel. There was also some rich tobacco and leather flavors in this third.
I think a lot of people will find the price of this cigar a little high for a day to day smoke. The good news is that the smaller vitolas retail for a more affordable $6.00.
Overall, I’d say this was a solid, enjoyable smoke. The burn was less than stellar, but turned out to be not much more than a minor irritation. It’s definitely not something that would prevent me from smoking more Patriarchs in the future. In fact, I think It’s very likely I will sample some of the other vitolas in the future. The flavor profile was very enjoyable, and definitely kept my interest the entire time. My understanding is that this cigar is now available (though I haven’t seen them yet in my local shops), and I would encourage you to pick a couple up and give them a shot.
Liked It: Yes
Buy It Again: Probably
Recommend It: Yes, it’s worthing trying out.
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