Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne Noir Robusto
Perdomo isn’t one of those cigar makers that create a buying frenzy every time they release a new stick. They don’t have 37 limited releases a year, no seasonal blends, no “collectible”, Godzilla editons or other goofy crap like that. They make cigars. Good cigars. Good cigars that most people can afford. They make them with a very high level of quality and consistency, and they do it all with their own tobacco. With the exception of the shade wrapper on the original “Champagne” and the Cameroon wrapper on one other little stick, they have complete control of their own tobacco destiny. Some would say that this is limiting and makes all Perdomo cigar too similar to each other. I prefer to look at it from more of a “glass is half full” perspective. There is a common thread of flavor that runs throughout the Perdomo line and more people seem to like it than not. While they don’t blindly follow every fad that comes along, they are never far behind on a solid trend. They are a team that plays small-ball really well. When they do hit a home run, they follow it up with hit to see if they can get another run across the plate.
This is where the Noir comes in. The Champagne was a huge cigar for Perdomo. Why not take advantage of that success with a follow up blend that ups the ante of body and flavor, without straying to far from the original?
Wrapper: Nicaragua Habano Maduro
I selected this cigar out of a fresh box and was struck by the perfection of color and shape from cigar to cigar. As I removed my robusto from the cellophane, I was greeted by a dark chocolate leaf (a very natural maduro, not cooked or fake) with very small veins and a pleasant sheen which gave off an aroma that was floral on the surface with damp loam in the background. A nose of the foot brought a heavy mix of manure and cocoa with some dust and a bit of dried cherries. Frankly, the ammonia was a little overwhelming.
Undaunted, I gave the end a clip and proceeded to toast the foot. The first puffs revealed a fairly free draw which brought forth great billows of sweet, fragrant smoke. The first third has elements of dark cocoa, sweet cedar and a dry spiciness. The burn is even and the smoke, cool. Like it’s predecessor the original Champagne, there is a creaminess and a nutty character that make this cigar very easy to smoke. Happily, the ammonia mentioned earlier did not interfere with the enjoyment of the cigar but rather seemed to vanish. Though the body and the strength of the Noir are medium, a mild smoker would not find this to be too much cigar. Even entering the second third where the flavor intensifies and the strength picks up slightly, the Noir is still very approachable. The last third picks up some heat as is typical and the sweetness is muted as the spice increases but the basic flavors remain remarkably consistent.
As I have come to expect from Perdomo, this is a good cigar. At least a stand-up double. For this degree of quality you usually have to spend at least a couple bucks more. Both my palate and my wallet anxiously await Perdomo’s next effort.