This morning when I came to work I had another review scheduled, but over the weekend we received a little gift from our friends at Perdomo. The Perdomo Double Aged Sun Grown is a cigar that I was looking forward to ever since the Connecticut arrived a few weeks back. Now with this in hand, I can’t wait for the Maduro to arrive.
There will only 240,000 cigars equaling 2,500 boxes of each wrapper released and a total of 4 sizes. Robusto ($10.00 MSRP), Epicure ($10.50 MSRP), Churchill ($11.00 MSRP) and Gordo Extra ($11.50 MSRP). During a recent episode of The Cigar Authority, Janine Perdomo was nice enough to confirm that these will be released yearly in a continued limited edition format.
Cigar: Perdomo Double Aged 12 Years
Size: 5 x 56 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Sun Grown
Binder: Not Disclosed
Filler: Nicaragua (Condega, Esteli & Jalapa)
The Look: Featuring filler tobacco aged for 10 years and then spending another 2 years inside oak barrels, the Sun Grown Perdomo Double Aged has a nice firm feel to it with no soft spots. The Sun Grown wrapper has a fair amount of visible veins present on the wrapper but none of them stand out on the slightly oily wrapper. The band of the Perdomo Double Aged Sun Grown features the tobaccos used as well as tasting notes. Listing the tobacco on the ban is something I would love to see other companies incorporate.
The Notes: The nose of the 12 years aged foot has a wonderful molasses note to it over some subtle spices and earth. The cold draw of the cigar features some almond notes, that almost border on almond extract and some continued molasses. There is also a subtle spice present as well. Once the cigar is lit the spice experienced on the cold draw steps front and center, but it does not over power and try to knock you down. In fact on a chilly September morning it warmed me up much like the effects of a nice brandy.
Working into the first third of the Perdomo Double Aged Sun Grown the notes take on an almost brandy like component with some almond notes in the background. On the finish there a hearty wood note, similar to that of oak which only heightens the Brandy like experience that I perceive.
In the second third of the cigar the almond notes really begin to take hold and once again remind me of almond extract with a really nice sweetness complimented with some subtle spices. The brandy experience has faded to just a memory but the cigar continues to build an experience that is both enjoyable and memorable.
In the last third of the Perdomo Double Aged Sun Grown the aroma of the cigar reminds me a wood burning fire pit that is just far enough out of reach where it doesn’t overwhelm the senses. The notes off the cigar are a nice hearty oak with a wisp of cinnamon and a touch of almonds to keep the sweetness alive.
The Burn: The burn of the Perdomo Double Aged features a thin carbon line and a fairly even burn with a firm ash light in color. The cold draw of the cigar had me concerned there might be a draw issue but once the cigar was lit, it opened right up to near perfect levels. The smoke production was ample and the stick remained lit from first to last puff with no relights needed.
The Finish: While I am looking most forward to the maduro version of the Perdomo Double Aged, the Sun Grown will be pretty hard to top. The cigar provides a refined smoking experience that both a new cigar smoker and a seasoned aficionado could enjoy. Definitely box worthy, this is a cigar that deserves to be smoked when it is released in October or saved for a special occasion.