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.
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
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.