Perdomo, like many cigar manufacturers, has been expanding their portfolio at a rapid pace this year. They are perhaps one of the most impressive in their expansion, as there are many new tasty choices including their new Exhibición blends. The Exhibición line as the literature states is a continuance of the company’s mantra to produce quality sticks with premium aged tobacco. There are three different cigars in the line, each utilizing a different wrapper. Today’s review is on the new Connecticut Exhibición.
I enjoy a well constructed Connecticut! If they are constructed well, they tend to be mild and often have a creamy profile and the Exhibición certainly had both in spades. The Exhibición line and the Connecticut are best described by Perdomo in the following manner:
“Each Perdomo Exhibición is meticulously blended with factory aged Cuban‐seed Nicaraguan fillers, including 4 year aged seco leaves from the renowned Condega region, 5 year aged viso leaves from the famous Jalapa Valley, and 6 year aged ligero leaves from the powerhouse valley of Esteli. These Cuban‐ seed tobaccos have been carefully aged to perfection using time‐honored methods passed down through the Perdomo family from generation to generation.
Achieving the perfect Perdomo Exhibición requires wrappers that have been carefully hand‐selected and well aged for 6 years prior to qualifying for Perdomo’s bourbon barrel aging process. The Connecticut wrappers are barrel aged for an additional 6 months…”
With a description like that its hard not to be watering at the mouth. I can testify that the Connecticut’s I had were both excellent in construction and having an optimal burn and airflow. On the pre-light I detected almost a sweet grass like note on the foot of the cigar. To me, it was reminiscent of the original Perdomo ESV line. As I lit the cigar I was almost immediately greeted by a sweet floral note that reminded me of dried roses. I often will write about a cigar smelling floral, i.e. like sweet botanicals after a recent rain. The Exhibición not only had a sweet floral bouquet, but a distinct scent of dried roses. As the cigar progresses I am enjoying being encircled by creamy clouds of aromatic smoke. Towards the midpoint the notes begin to change more towards the familiar wood notes. I would say I got a cedar note, but to me it was really more akin to a hickory like aroma; either way it was delicious! Finally on the back third of my cigars I got some dry leather notes to finish out the journey. The Exhibición from foot to nub burned evenly without need for correction and maintained a consistent whitish-grey ash that solidly stayed on the cigar until doffed lightly into the ash tray.
In conclusion, I was thoroughly impressed with the Perdomo Exhibición. While it does have some of the mainstay characteristics of what all Perdomos have, it also had enough new to satisfy and please. It is everything that a good Connecticut should be: smooth, creamy, and flavorful. The Exhibición is all of those things and more. I look forward to smoking the other Exhibición’s in the line and should have them posting shortly. Until then, if you are a fan of flavor and complexity, then the smooth and tasty Exhibición Connecticut is for you!
Size: Double Robusto
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler: Cuban Seed Nicaraguan