Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Maduro Cigar Review

According to Perdomo’s website: “A Decade in the making, the PERDOMO RESERVE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY cigars are here to celebrate the next generation of Tabacalera Perdomo’s award winning and highly acclaimed original La Tradicion Perdomo Reserve line.” Awesome but for the small fact that I haven’t smoked the original one so I can’t compare the two. What I do know is that the maduro version of this cigar is a Nicaraguan puro that comes in five different vitolas: perfecto, robusto, toro, double corona and a torpedo.

This Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Maduro has a multitude of veins, bumps and an inconsistent color pattern. There are some oils on it and it feels like it is well packed. Maybe a little tightly packed by the cap and a little loose nearer the foot but, overall, well packed. The wrapper feels rough to the touch.

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

Cabin Light!

This quite possibly represents the easiest draw in a cigar I have ever encountered and I like it. Tons of creamy smoke coats my mouth.

Chocolate is the main flavor followed by coffee grounds and dirt. The burn is even and I would peg this as a medium bodied cigar, maybe a little bit stronger than that.

Even though it is not an overly complex cigar the flavors are well above average. A cigar with these flavors relax me, very mellow. This is one of the better examples of this type of cigar: chocolate, coffee, etc.

But, in the end, there is just something that is missing from this cigar that would have put it up into another echelon of cigars for me. It’s missing spice, which would have cut the sweetness of the chocolate and brought in another level of complexity. While still being a great cigar it could have been better.

92 points

Examples of cigars I liked with more spice:

CAO L’Anniversaire Maduro Belicoso Cigar Review – 93 points

Partagas Black Label Piramide Cigar Review – 93 points

Cuvee Rouge Robusto Cigar Review – 92 points

I feel that the Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Maduro could have been better than all of these cigars if it had some spice mixed in with it. Of course, by changing the mixture of tobaccos that would change the overall flavor profile for this cigar and that might mean reducing what is the best and most dynamic chocolate flavor I have ever tasted.

Perdomo Habano Maduro Short Cigar Review

Pre-Smoke: It feels too tightly packed and the wrapper is dry. The wrapper doesn’t show any imperfections except for one raised vein.

Smoke: Weak flavors. Tobacco, dirt and a mild sweetness, which is grassy, that occasionally pops in. I think it tracks really nicely with a heavily watered down coffee.

Mild-medium bodied with a loose draw and an even burn. The wrapper begins to crack and unravel as I near the end of it.

After-Smoke: Frankly, I had no idea what to expect from this cigar but I expected more than what I got from it. Completely mundane.

2 points

Perdomo 2 Limited Edition Robusto Maduro Cigar Review

This is the reintroduction of an old blend. It was introduced in 2008 with a natural (Cameroon) and a maduro wrapper by Tabacalera Perdomo. This cigar comes in four different vitolas: Robusto (5 x 50), Epicure (5 1/2 x 54), Churchill (6 7/8 x 50), and Torpedo (5 1/4 x 54).

The Perdomo 2 has a slight box press (so don’t fear getting cut on any sharp edges) and is expertly made. While there are a couple of minor stretch marks on the wrapper it’s construction is nearly perfect. Packed with the perfect amount of tobacco with a decent amount of oil on the wrapper. I did a Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary review a few days ago and I liked it very much; so I have high hopes for this one.

Cigar Stats
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $6.00 or less

Sun Flame!

Spice may be the first thing that is noticeable but the predominant flavor is oak. Smooth cigar that has a draw that may be a little too tight. It is a medium-full bodied cigar with a burn that is not too bad. After a couple of touch ups it smokes just fine.

The draw does become quite a bit better after about the one inch mark. With the better draw comes a clearer picture of the flavor profile. The aforementioned oak flavor comes along with some sweetness. The spice is a background flavor and there are also some chalky chocolate flavors there, but barely.

Nearing the end of this cigar now and the flavors, while they are enjoyable, just are not that great. Overall, it is a good cigar but just not that good.

87 points

Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Robusto Cigar Review

The construction on this cigar is near perfect. There are a couple of bumps on it and a couple of areas where the wrapper has been bent over on itself. Even though I was expecting this cigar to be covered with oils it isn’t. It has a good coating of oils but not particularly oily. In a couple of areas it does feel a little soft to the touch.

Cigar Stats
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Nicaragua – Cuban seed Criollo
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $6.50

DeGroot Flare!

It starts off fairly robust, gravelly even. Evocative of a cigar that I think John Wayne would have loved smoking, if he indeed smoked cigars. And then it becomes more sophisticated, indicative of a cigar I envision Gary Cooper smoking. Personally, I would have preferred if it had stayed like the kind of cigar John would have smoked.

The main flavors that I am getting are peat, cashews and some spice on the retrohale. It is a refined cigars with a good deal of complexity. Medium-full bodied with a great draw and a fairly even burn.

On the Perdomo website it says that there should also be coffee and cocoa notes but I’m not getting those flavors at all. Even though I may not have the most refined palette I’m confident I would be getting those flavors if they were in this cigar. My guess is that the coffee and cocoa flavors come through better with the maduro version of this cigar.

There is some sweetness with this cigar. I can’t quite put my finger on it but it’s there.

Overall, it is a very good cigar. Definitely worth the money. Personally, I would have liked more spice to it but what is there is great. Pretty good flavors with a good amount of complexity is wonderful in a cigar. And, again, you can’t beat the price.

91 points

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