Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne Cigar Review

September 24, 2009 · Posted in Cigar Review 

First off, you will be able to recognize this cigar by the peach colored cellophane that encapsulates what turns out to be a very light colored cigar. Its wrapper is extremely smooth but not very oily. I have to admit that I accidentally ripped off some of the wrapper when I removed the band. It’s just that the band is gigantic and it needed to be removed if I was going to smoke this cigar comfortably. It is a firmly packed cigar that, knowing how other Connecticut Shade wrapper cigars are, I am not expecting too much from.

Cigar Stats
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $5.50

Godlington Flame!

An effortless draw reveals some surprisingly good flavors. Sweetness, wood, some spice and earthy/grassy flavors. There is also a faint hint of coffee grounds. It produces a ton of smoke, is medium bodied and has an even draw.

The Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne is not a procession of good flavors, far from it. During the first half of this cigar it is decidedly un-smooth; ratty would not be too unkind of a term to use.

Sometime around the halfway mark the ratty-ness disappears and for a brief while those good flavors I mentioned earlier are allowed to come through. And then something else negative starts coming through. The best way I can describe it is by calling it metallic.

Without those bad flavors this is still an average cigar. The flavors, the good ones, are, at best, neutral. It’s a fine cigar without those bad flavors but with them it is a cigar that I will avoid.

85 points


3 Responses to “Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne Cigar Review”

  1. Sticks on December 31st, 2009 10:26 am

    I have one of these in my humidor but I have not been in a big hurry to fire it up. I noticed with some of Perdomo cigars that a metallic taste weaves itself in an out of the flavor profile. Funny that I have only noticed this on their upscale brands and not on their lower end cigars.

  2. John Werner on March 13th, 2011 10:12 pm

    I did not experience any off flavors in my stick. The thing that separated it from most of the Connecticut wrapped cigars I’ve smoked is that while being expectedly creamy it had spice too which elevated it to very near medium body. The creamy blend with cedar and spice was quite welcome. I wasn’t a “me-too” Connecticut wrapped stick, but carved its own place out with a somewhat unique taste blend. I’d recommend it mor for a morning or mid-day selection as I prefer a stronger and darker taste for night or after-dinner. Nothing disappointed me in the 10th Champagne, I’d say I was even surprised how good it came off. Try it, it won’t be a cigar you get the feeling you smoked a million times before as it is a very different Connecticut flavor profile to this smoker.

  3. Travis Lindsay on March 13th, 2011 11:27 pm

    @John: I’m planning on doing another review on this cigar in the near future, maybe I will have a different opinion of it this time around. Thanks for the comment!

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