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Cigar: Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne
Drink: Messias 2004 Late Bottled Vintage Tawny Port
Wrapper: Triple-Fermented Connecticut
Binder: Cuban-Seed Nicaraguan
Filler: Cuban-Seed Nicaraguan
Vitola: Robusto 5×54
Price Range: $5.00 – $6.50
Burn Time: ~1.5 hours
The Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary line was released in 2008. The purpose of these blends was to mark the 10 years in business of Tabacalera Perdomo and the decade of rave reviews for the original reserve line, called the La Tradicion. The Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary line was originally available in 2 different wrappers, Cuban Criollo and Nicaraguan Maduro. The cigar being reviewed here, the Champagne line, was released soon after with a Triple-Fermented Connecticut wrapper.
It seems like information about this specific wrapper is pretty slim out on the internet. It’s not even mentioned on the Perdomo website although that seems about 2 years outdated as of this writing. For those of you who think a Conneticut wrapper is not for them anymore, don’t put this cigar aside so quickly. It can make a great early day smoke and none of them have failed me yet. One disappointing aspect of this line is that they all come in large ring gauges only. The setting for this review is outside on a cold Canadian evening, temperature is well below freezing. I have my propane heater fired up to keep me warm and I’m ready to light up this great cigar. Read on for the review.
- Pre-light aroma was cedar and small touch of spicy
- Pre-light draw was nicely cedar flavored
- Construction was very clean and neat
- No big veins and very symmetrical
- Cap was nice and clean, well formed
- Cut was a little hard but still came out nicely
- Foot looked nicely packed and even
- Burn is fairly even, one small imperfection in first 3rd corrected itself quickly. Probably due to an uneven toasting.
- No touch ups or re-lighting for the entire smoke, well made stick
- Burn rate is a nice pace, totaled about 1.5 hours, perfect for this size
- Ash is clean and even with a light gray/white tinge to it
- Strong and straight adding flavor as I left it on
- Ash finally fell off past the half-way point! It left a nice looking cherry
- Only ashed once! Great quality.
- Draw is damn near perfect, almost no effort, just flows into your mouth
- Nice mouth of smoke, not over powering but not leaving you asking for more, just right
- Resting smoke was abundant at start but tapered of to be just right.
- Resting gave just a tiny sight line of smoke and left a creamy finish on the nose
- Smoke is not too thick and not too thin
- Smoke became a little fuller near the last 3rd
- Mild start with woody and leathery taste
- After a few draws there was a hint of spiciness to the flavor, subtle and delicious
- Retrohale has a nice bite to it, not too strong
- Retrohale also lingers with some spiciness and creaminess which is pleasing to the palate
- Approaching second 3rd, body became a smooth mild/medium
- Creamy finish is excellent!
- Around the halfway point the spiciness and creaminess really started to shine through. Leather and cedar flavors tapered off a bit
- Just past half way, Spiciness tapered off a bit now and it’s slightly more mild
- In the last 3rd, the spiciness came back a bit
- Stayed smooth and creamy all the way to the finish, a big plus for me since a lot of sticks get harsh near the end
- Retrohale bite tapered off but still leaves a nice lingering creamy finish
- Excellent flavor and a great mild/medium smoke
- Good mid-day smoke
- Fairly one dimensional, but if its a good dimension, why change it?
- Was sad to see it end
- Awesome build quality, only ashed once
12 thoughts on “Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne (Guest Review)”
Great review. I had one of these just this morning. I think they are a great morning or afternoon smoke with a very nice price point.
Nice job Dal…
Walt… might I suggest spacing reviews that feature the same label cigar out a bit more… can be a bit redundant even tho it is two different reviews.
The back to back posting of this cigar wasn’t intentional. It wasn’t until after I told Daniel when to expect his review that it dawned on me that I had the Perdomo Reserve Champagne posted for my review just a couple of days earlier.
Its cool… you guys are busy, and things happen…
just a friendly suggestion if it was intentional 😀
I like the “bulleted”, point-form format. Easy to read and pick out the various bits of info.
Great write up on a great cigar. Not sure about the creaminess though 🙂
I used to smoke one of these in the mornings frequently… I have switched to a steady diet of the Oliva Connecticut Reserve Robusto’s with an occasional Camacho Connecticut and an infrequent Perdomo Champagne. Its definitely a solid Connecticut wrapped stick.
I smoked two boxes of these last year and I think your review is spot on. These things are ceamy heaven.
Back in the 90’s I use to like their cigars. Then, late 90’s I lost the taste for Perdomos. When the Champange line up came on the scence I did not care much for them. After reading your review (Yes, nice layout – easy to read) I think I’ll give this cigar another try.
I like Conn wrappers done right, you know lightness without blandness. That apparently isn’t so easy to find as I am more of maduro guy. This stick is a nice change because it gets it right with the light creaminess that is expected and blends into a a much more medium leathery spice with the expected woodiness (you can smell a wonderful cedar infused tobacco smell on the pre-light). The wrapper is beautiful and the construction underneath it is obviously just as high-quality as this stick burns and draws spot-on. On my stick the ash would hold, but it was flaky and if you moved suddenly you’d be wearing it, not a problem, but beware of the fact it will get quite long and if you disturb it even a little you will wish you’d relieved it earlier. Perdomo gets Connecticut right on this nice stick as it gets into the medium body territory slightly and is down right pleasant from start to nub.
Great review…straight-forward and as you said, relatively one-dimensional, a good dimension so why change it. It fires smooth and ends smooth, the several hints are consistent throughout, with a very good burn line, perfect draw. Though I understand the complexity draw/curiosity or perhaps, attempts by some to proffer a developed palate, I sometimes tire of their dismissing comments about a cigar being too one-dimensional…dissapointing, etc. When I cut into a good steak, I hope for consistency to the last bite…I don’t want my scotch changing personality three times to the bottom either…I’ve smoke a number of these, as I am now and find it a pleasant, relaxing smoke and isn’t that most of the point!
After work with an ice cold lager on the back porch doesn’t get much better with this cigar. Highly recommend.