Picked up this one at House of Cigars in Mesa AZ the other night. After
letting it sit in the humidor for around a week I decided to bust this
gem out today while doing
some office work (gotta love my job).
I'm not a huge fan of Perdomos, but this one was pretty
impressive. The filler is moderately dense, not too tight as to create a
hard draw, not too loose as to cause
a hot burn. A momentary roast was sufficient to light this beast and it
quickly developed a nice even burn line, didn't have to touch up with a
match at any point in the session. Roll
quality was very good and the wrapper was dark, with just a hint of
veins and oil.
The first thing I noticed about this cigar was that it was very
full-flavored, right on the verge of being overpowering. This is
definitely not a stogie for the
uninitiated, the flavor was wonderful and complex yet very, very
strong. I would say that a good comparison would be espresso versus
coffee, same basic ingredients and flavor, just vast
differences in concentration and potency.
I was a little concerned at first, worrying that the flavor was
going to build up into a tart and tarry mess by the time I neared the
end of the session, but I was
pleasantly surprised to find that the flavor stayed pretty consistent
and didn't get unpleasant at any point. Sort of like running an engine
with an 8000rpm redline at 7900rpm for an hour, this
cigar ran "balls out" the entire session.
This cigar is Nicaraguan wrapped with Nicaraguan
filler.........for those that know anything about Nicaraguan tobaccos,
it should give you a pretty good idea of the
strength of flavor and effect. This was reminiscent of an Joya de
Nicaragua with an even stronger kick. By taking my time and smoking
this slowly, the flavor was consistent and the cigar
had time to burn off any oil and tar buildup and not get any hot or ashy
Overall I was pretty impressed with this stick, reasonably
priced and good quality, a little strong flavored for my liking but I
will definitely get a few more in to enjoy
at a later date.
Pricing: (8.5/10) For a cigar in this category the pricing isn't bad, at about $8/stick at your local
shop and about $6/stick if you order in a box, its not a daily smoke but its a good value and a lot of cigar for the money.
Very strong flavored, may be overpowering for some. I found the
flavor to be distinctly Nicaraguan with coffee notes and a hint of
pepper. Didn't build up on the palate and would probably go well with
about any beverage surprisingly, I would probably pair
it with a lager.
Construction: (9/10) Very well rolled, straight as an arrow and very evenly filled. No voids were noticed and the filler was fairly
dense. No issues of the cigar trying to unravel at any time.
"Wheelchair Weed" Factor: (9.5/10)
This one packs a helluva punch, wasn't brutal but
still not one to be trifled with. Take your time enjoying this little
gem or you're going to wonder why the floor keeps moving. Smoke this
with the same patience that you would a JDN
Antano 1970 and you'll be pleasantly surprised.