Review: Perdomo Reserve Champagne 10th Anniversary
I popped my Perdomo cherry with this beauty and man, this thing hooked me. Of all the “blondes” out there, this one will be tough to beat and is arguably Nick Perdomo’s most popular seller. I’d heard and read about this baby till I was counting them in my sleep. So, while with friends down in Port Aransas, I picked up an epicure (toro) in its classic gold cellophane at a local humidor. This thing was the total package including that big-ass gold and black embossed band. Against an overwhelming urge to rip that stick out of its cellophane, I embraced the suck and added it to my already full humidor for a week before lighting it up.
The Connecticut babes are really growing on me (see review of the HDM Excalibur) and is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The shade wrapper is a nice coffee color with sweet aromas of oats and cedar. Poke the foot under your schnaz and you’ll start drooling and begin frantically looking for your Colibri.
Here’s the goods:
- Profile: Mello – Medium
- Vitola: Epicure (Toro)
- Length/Ring Gauge: 6.0″ / 54
- Purchased: Port Aransas, TX Humidor
- Origin: Nicaragua
- Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Cutter: Xikar punch
- Lighter: Colibri Firebird 4-jet
- Price range: $10-$12
In the photo above you’ll note the slight lift on the leaf near the head. This is one of the downsides of leaving the stick in its protective cellophane – it obscures any potential damage to your stogie. It was minor, but during my inspection I noticed signs that at some point this thing was getting dry (probably at the retailer) causing a minor crack in the leaf at the head just under the cap. Leaving it in the humidor another week wouldn’t have helped – the damage was done. Besides, it was damn near impossible to look at this thing peeking at me through the glass in my humidor without throwing open the lid and shoving it into my mouth like a 5-year old walking past a plate of double-stuffed Oreos. A week is all I good to do – you know how it is, right?
This all-Nicaragua treat provided a perfect draw with just a punch. After some gentle handling I was rewarded with an awesome flavor-packed, slow-burning smoke! The profile is dominated by toasted nuts (almonds?), a little earthiness with a sweet, salt and pepper finish. Throughout the smoke you’ll get notes of toffee and wood with hints of vanilla. The burn is near perfect and it passes the 1″ ash test without a problem. Composition is near perfect as the firm foot would suggest and the even burn is a testament to this and the roll. I “nubbed” this delicious baby as parting was such sweet sorrow. Of course, I had to have more and have since purchased a 5-pack of the Super Toros or “Gordos” (6″x60), only because my overstuffed humidors wouldn’t allow any more. Do yourself a favor a buy at least two of these, because like double-stuff Oreos, you simply can’t have just one! – In Fumo Pax!