Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne (Guest Review)

This review comes courtesy of Daniel (Dalamscius)
from the Stogie Review Fan Forums

Guest - Perdomo Reserve Chapagne - 2Cigar: Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne
Drink: Messias 2004 Late Bottled Vintage Tawny Port
Wrapper: Triple-Fermented Connecticut
Binder: Cuban-Seed Nicaraguan
Filler: Cuban-Seed Nicaraguan
Vitola: Robusto 5×54
Price Range: $5.00 – $6.50
Burn Time: ~1.5 hours

The Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary line was released in 2008. The purpose of these blends was to mark the 10 years in business of Tabacalera Perdomo and the decade of rave reviews for the original reserve line, called the La Tradicion. The Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary line was originally available in 2 different wrappers, Cuban Criollo and Nicaraguan Maduro. The cigar being reviewed here, the Champagne line, was released soon after with a Triple-Fermented Connecticut wrapper.

It seems like information about this specific wrapper is pretty slim out on the internet. It’s not even mentioned on the Perdomo website although that seems about 2 years outdated as of this writing. For those of you who think a Conneticut wrapper is not for them anymore, don’t put this cigar aside so quickly. It can make a great early day smoke and none of them have failed me yet. One disappointing aspect of this line is that they all come in large ring gauges only. The setting for this review is outside on a cold Canadian evening, temperature is well below freezing. I have my propane heater fired up to keep me warm and I’m ready to light up this great cigar. Read on for the review.

Guest - Perdomo Reserve Chapagne - 1

Construction:

  • Pre-light aroma was cedar and small touch of spicy
  • Pre-light draw was nicely cedar flavored
  • Construction was very clean and neat
  • No big veins and very symmetrical
  • Cap was nice and clean, well formed
  • Cut was a little hard but still came out nicely
  • Foot looked nicely packed and even

Burn:

  • Burn is fairly even, one small imperfection in first 3rd corrected itself quickly. Probably due to an uneven toasting.
  • No touch ups or re-lighting for the entire smoke, well made stick
  • Burn rate is a nice pace, totaled about 1.5 hours, perfect for this size

Ash:

  • Ash is clean and even with a light gray/white tinge to it
  • Strong and straight adding flavor as I left it on
  • Ash finally fell off past the half-way point! It left a nice looking cherry
  • Only ashed once! Great quality.

Smoke:

  • Draw is damn near perfect, almost no effort, just flows into your mouth
  • Nice mouth of smoke, not over powering but not leaving you asking for more, just right
  • Resting smoke was abundant at start but tapered of to be just right.
  • Resting gave just a tiny sight line of smoke and left a creamy finish on the nose
  • Smoke is not too thick and not too thin
  • Smoke became a little fuller near the last 3rd

Tasting Notes:

  • Mild start with woody and leathery taste
  • After a few draws there was a hint of spiciness to the flavor, subtle and delicious
  • Retrohale has a nice bite to it, not too strong
  • Retrohale also lingers with some spiciness and creaminess which is pleasing to the palate
  • Approaching second 3rd, body became a smooth mild/medium
  • Creamy finish is excellent!
  • Around the halfway point the spiciness and creaminess really started to shine through. Leather and cedar flavors tapered off a bit
  • Just past half way, Spiciness tapered off a bit now and it’s slightly more mild
  • In the last 3rd, the spiciness came back a bit
  • Stayed smooth and creamy all the way to the finish, a big plus for me since a lot of sticks get harsh near the end
  • Retrohale bite tapered off but still leaves a nice lingering creamy finish

Final Thoughts:

  • Excellent flavor and a great mild/medium smoke
  • Good mid-day smoke
  • Fairly one dimensional, but if its a good dimension, why change it?
  • Was sad to see it end
  • Awesome build quality, only ashed once

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