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Cigar Review – Perdomo Reserve 10 Year Champagne Robusto

As I mentioned in my previous review, I am a dark wrapper type of guy. I’ve smoked a handful of Connecticut-wrapped cigars, and I haven’t been a fan of any of them, with the exception of the Griffins Short Robusto. Since I smoked that little stogie, my bias towards Connecticuts and the like have worn down a bit, so I decided to try a Perdomo Reserve 10 Year Anniversary Champagne Robusto, a stout cigar that came in gold-tinted cellophane and a pretty diesel looking band. The almost golden 6-year aged Connecticut wrapper and zesty Nicaraguan binder and filler raise my expectations a bit.

The pre-light draw was typical Connecticut—grassy with a bit of black pepper—but it had a little extra depth that I can’t quite describe. The first few puffs led me into this cigar nicely; the draw was perfect, allowing just the right amount of smoke through the stogie with each puff. The smoke tasted lightly of bread, maybe a nice ciabatta, with some notes of pepper and less cream than I expected. This is not your typical light-wrapped cigar—sort of like how a good pale ale is not your typical lighter beer. As the wrapper shade is dubbed “Champagne,” I had booze on my mind during this smoke.

As the ash grew, the smoke tingled on the roof of my mouth, creating a feeling that you would get from drinking aged whisky. The sensation was not overwhelming, and the intensifying black pepper flavor complemented it. Following this feeling was an aftertaste of autumn spices, some cinnamon and nutmeg and a bit of sweet burnt honey. The smoke from this cigar is way more flavorful than I expected it to be, and I found myself puffing a bit rabidly. I started to feel like my head was swimming in nicotine, and I decided to allow a little more time between puffs.

The cigar’s construction was phenomenal—the burn stayed razor straight, only requiring one minor touchup about halfway through the smoke. The ash on this stogie held on for a good two inches before falling off onto my notepad. To give you an idea of how much I enjoyed this cigar, the lapful of ash didn’t ruin the smoke in the slightest.

Since my last review I ran right back to darker wrappers, smoking mostly Rocky Patels and a couple of darker Olivas here and there, but I’ll definitely add this cigar to the small but slowly growing list of lighter cigars that I’ll put a torch to. If the Griffins Short Robusto snuck its foot in the door, the Perdomo Reserve 10 Year Anniversary Champagne Robusto busted the lock wide open with a crowbar. Connecticut is no longer a dirty word in my vocabulary. I would definitely smoke more of these—thanks to Perdomo for turning a bitter guy like myself onto some smoother stogies.

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