Review: Obsidian Double Perfecto

Review: Obsidian Double Perfecto
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 Obsidian Double Perfecto

obsidian on obsidian When I hear the word Obsidian, I think of the black, volcanic glass which early humans used to form weapons and tools. Naturally, when given the assignment of reviewing the Obsidian Double Perfecto, I expected a wrapper as black as, well, Obsidian. Instead I was given a bag of medium brown cigars from our friends at, which were tapered at both ends, dressed in wide, shiny, black, minimalist band with “Obsidian” in small print at the top and what looked like a cartoon fish standing on it’s tail at the bottom. The claimed size of 6×60 was a bit optimistic. The cigar barely swelled to 54 in the middle. Shape wise, it looked like a La Aurora Preferido rolled by Jerry’s Kids (it’s o.k., my dad’s name is Jerry so I’m aloud to say that) but then, unlike some preferidos, this one isn’t $20.00.

The slightly veiny wrapper gave off a pleasant, sweet floral aroma with honey and green tea in the distance. The foot had notes of manure and damp leather. The pre-light draw was overly firm but given the shape, this is common. Perfectos often open considerably after you smoke past the taper.

The first puffs were remarkably cool, allowing a host of flavors to appear. Vanilla, almond, toffee as well as black pepper, leather and roasted meat to a lesser degree were all present. Unfortunately the draw was not opening up to allow me to enjoy these flavors. With perseverance I was able to make it through the first third, after which it opened up enough for me to continue.

The flavors remained very consistent as did the coolness of the smoke. The palate of flavors was surprisingly delicate as was the body which was very light. The smoke was creamy and smooth without ever being heavy or harsh. Some of this could have been as a result of the slowness with which I was forced to smoke due to the restricted draw.

A firm white ash held on without flaking, only coming off when encouraged at the halfway marker. This is when the flavors deepened. A salty or perhaps, savory element pushed the spices to the back yet allowed the sweet and floral aspects to remain.

This is an interesting cigar. I found it to be quite different than it was described by the manufacturer Pinar Del Rio. Obsidian never remotely approached medium-full in body but don’t let that stop you from enjoying one.  While this cigar was not quite as described, it was at least enjoyable. Aside from the construction issues, this cigar was obviously made with quality leaf and well blended. At a price this reasonable, it is probably worth checking out, Perhaps in a more traditional format instead of the Double Perfecto (it’s harder to screw up the draw on a robusto).

Manufactured by: Pinar Del Rio

Wrapper: Brazilian Habano Ligero

Binder: ?

Filler: Cuban seed Nicaraguan and Dominican

Format: Double Perfecto 6×60(claimed)

Price: $6.95 each, when purchased by the box (20)


  1. Cigar_Princess June 1, 2012 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Looks good. <3 @cigar_princess 

  2. JeremyHensley June 1, 2012 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Preferidos are one of favorite formats in a cigar, other than a Lancero.  The name in itself would make it seem that this cigar would be much heavier and stronger, but interesting to know it was smooth and creamy.  I would be interested in trying on out, mainly b/c of the brazilian habano wrapper and the format. 

  3. GeorgeParry June 1, 2012 at 11:28 am - Reply

    What a great looking cigar! Most of the time I smoke robustos but I will look for this and give it a try.

  4. ResidentPony June 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous stick. I like the expressive simplicity.

  5. Hyper609 June 6, 2012 at 10:41 am - Reply

    This is an intriguing looking cigar, I’ll have to go check it out.

  6. DAficianado July 17, 2012 at 7:16 am - Reply

    I have ine of these in a robusto. Hopefully it’s draw will be better. Might have to smoke it today at some point

  7. jimbobber July 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Haven’t tried an Obsidian, so I suppose I should go find one. Thanks!

  8. itzmoney1 July 25, 2012 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Would love to try this stick!

  9. bshton July 25, 2012 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Sounds like a good stick to check out

  10. NJFredette July 26, 2012 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Great review! I’ve had a few Obsidian’s, but have never had a cigar in the double perfecto vitola, let alone the Obsidian. A good stick though for sure.

  11. LifeWisher17 July 29, 2012 at 7:47 am - Reply

    It has been some time since I smoked an obsidian. It seems like double perfectos are so hit or miss. It can allow a cigar to trasition so well as you progress, but even with the higher end cigars there is always the (higher than average) potential for a bad stick. I love the flavor profile, so I will probably give these a go in the near future.

  12. Jake July 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    I keep looking (stalking) the Obsidian sampler over at the Devil’s website but have yet to pull the trigger. This is giving me more incentive, damn you =)

  13. Jeff T July 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Looks like a good stick to try. Sounds complex and something for anytime of day. Thanks for the review.

  14. ian July 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    agree with your review. for the price, these are nice every day smokes. good in the morning with coffee.

  15. Dawn C August 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Would love to try one, have not had the chance yet, Any free samples??

  16. Steve C August 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Haven’t had a chance to try any of this line. Sounds great, will be trying to find some of them. Thanks for the reviews.

  17. Robert Samberg September 3, 2012 at 6:10 am - Reply

    Not the obsidian I have smoked previously, from Padilla. Will try one soon.

  18. jyow617 September 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    I’ve only smoked one obsidian and it was pretty good. This one sounds like a decent one to get in a sampler but not one I’ll be rushing out to find.

  19. Jerad J. September 3, 2012 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Never had a cigar of this shape, but it looks interesting. And the flavor profile was actually very appealing to me. If I can run into some of these at my local B&M I’ll pick one up. Thanks!

  20. Art Nicolas September 4, 2012 at 11:15 am - Reply

    The only other Obsidian I’ve tried to date is the robusto, to which I gave an 89 rating. Looking forward to this one.

  21. Eric F September 5, 2012 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Fantastic cigar. Highly recommend giving it a try

  22. Garry Cawthorn September 5, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Havent had the chance to try a Obsidian yet. But really looking forward to tasting it one or two real soon….

  23. matt September 5, 2012 at 11:58 am - Reply

    I have yet to try an Obsidian. I’ll be working on correcting that.

  24. nate September 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    i have yet to try a preferido vitola. this sounds tasty. thanks!

  25. MTPcgr September 6, 2012 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Cant wait to try one of these!

  26. teddyg September 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    great review. will have to get into these judging by the persuasive article. I love the name.

  27. Wm2SLC September 7, 2012 at 9:10 am - Reply

    I have yet to try these, but it has gone on my must try list and I do like the perfectos in general and love the look of this stick.

  28. Danny Griffith September 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    I have not had the chance to try a Obsidian.Really hoping i get to soon.

  29. Shannon Williams September 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Helpful review, as I’m new to this cigar. Thanks!

  30. Opal G September 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Haven’t even had one but will soon.

  31. Garry Cawthorn October 22, 2012 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Looking forward to trying it someday

  32. Jerad J. October 22, 2012 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Haven’t tried on of these yet, I think my B&M actually has them. Have to double check and give them a try. Thanks!

  33. ptyler October 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Foxtoberfest sounds like it is going to be a great event. Wish I could be there in person. Thanks for doing the contest to help us feel like we are a part of it!

  34. Matt October 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Look forward to trying one

  35. Greg October 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Cigar porn. Very nice.

  36. LT Willoughby February 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    I ordered the sample pack. I’ve smoked them all but one. The last one I smoked was the “Double Perfecto”. It was the best cigar yet I’ve smoked. I will qualify that statement with the fact I’ve only smoked about a dozen cigars. I picked up the habit during my tour in Afghanistan in 2011-2012. At any rate, I enjoyed the “Double Perfecto” as it is mild in tobacco taste and I did not need nor want to consume a gallon of mouthwash to flush the tabacco taste from my mouth. I am an occasional cigar smoker, but I think I’ve found my favorite.
    Thanks Ya’All
    LT Willoughby, USN

  37. Mike July 30, 2015 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    I found this to be a very good smoke. I understand the firm draw but if you cut it back far enough it becomes a nice Smoke. Not heavy or harsh nice fragrance. Mine however burnt a little Sideways but for me that’s not a problem. Really really enjoyed the cigar. Reminds me a lot of Laguna bin 32.

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