Over a month ago we took a look at the Perdomo Small Batch 2005 – Connecticut Edition and while Ecuador Connecticut can be drying to our palate we were genuinely impressed. In fact, if that was a regular production cigar it would be an early contender for cigar of the year.
Today. we take a look at the Sun Grown version of that same cigar which the press release describes as “The Perdomo Small Batch Series takes “small batch” to the next level. Hand‐crafted from a rare collection of 10 year aged tobaccos, the Perdomo Small Batch Series is carefully blended with smaller leaves that have the perfect balance of flavor, strength, and aroma. Perdomo has created this stunning line of small premium hand‐crafted cigars by combining the finest bourbon barrel aged wrappers with these rare and exquisite 10 year aged filler tobaccos.”
Cigar: Perdomo Small Batch 2005
Size: 5 x 54 (Belicoso)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sungrown
Source: Two Guys Smoke Shop
The Look: It’s been a long time since we reviewed the lost cigar size, belicoso. Once a popular vitola, the size has seemed to slow down over the years. The Sungrown Small Batch 2015 is exceptionally rolled and features a caramel colored wrapper with some thin veins. There are two bands present one of which is the Perdomo logo the other a secondary band denoting the Small Batch 2015. A belicoso is identifiable due to the short rounded tip versus a longer pointy tip of the torpedo.
The Notes: The cold draw of Perdomo Small Batch Sungrown serves up notes of earth, molasses and what reminds me of a dried fruit, specifically apricots. This is a lot going on for the gold draw. The nose of the cigar is citric with some molasses notes.
Once the cigar is lit there is a subtle sweetness on the palate and pepper through the nose that reminds me of a pepper encrusted filet mignon. The sweetness has a brown sugar and honey to it and the two notes play well off of each other.
The second third saw continued notes of brown sugar and honey with the addition of nuts thrown into the mix. The pepper through the nose has subsided and there is an aroma of the brown sugar and honey present which amplifies the flavor of the smoke.
As the Small Batch 2005 Sungrown comes to a close the nuttiness becomes more dominant as the brown sugar remains and the honey fades away.
The Burn: The Perdomo Small Batch smoked cool all the way down to the point where I couldn’t find anything left to hold on to. The draw offered up a slight resistance which for me is ideal. The light color ash had a slight flake to it but it held on in two-inch increments. It also remained lit from first light to last puff.
The Finish: Of the cigars to be released so far I give the edge to the Connecticut which is surprising to me considering my history. I found the flavor profile of the Sungrown enjoyable and I definitely plan to smoke more, but the Connecticut was one of those cigars I would call iconic.