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Review of Perdomo Reserve Maduro 10th Anniversary

Posted by KJ on 9/15/2012 to Cigars, beer, culture

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 draws.

     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.

 Flavor: (9/10) 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.

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