According to the Perdomo Press Release, “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. Offered in an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, a Nicaraguan Sun Grown wrapper, or a Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper, each blend in the Perdomo Small Batch Series delivers rich, complex flavors with a smooth elegant finish.
The first release, scheduled for March 2015, will be in a beautiful Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, offering a rich smoke with a creamy complexity, slight hints of caramel and cedar, with a smooth, elegant finish. The second release, scheduled for April 2015, will be in a rich Nicaraguan Sun Grown wrapper, offering a smooth smoke with a spicy‐sweet complexity, slight hints of oak and almond, with a rich, satisfying finish. The third release, scheduled for May 2015, will be in an oily Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper, offering a smooth smoke with a natural sweet complexity, hints of dark cocoa and coffee, with a rich, robust finish.”
The Perdomo Small Batch is limited to 3,000 boxes per size, per wrapper and is available at a select group of retailers worldwide.
Cigar: Perdomo Small Batch 2005
Size: 6 x 54 (Toro Especial)
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Source: Two Guys Smoke Shop
The Look: The golden brown color of the Ecuador grown Connecticut Shade wrapper reminds me of wheat fields in the fall. The wrapper is in one word, flawless, and it features a Perdomo band that feels like it has been slightly redesigned for the Small Batch. The band closes with a P in the back, and secondary bad of red and silver denotes Small Batch 2005 giving is a Cubanesque look. In the hand the cigar feels above average in weight with no soft spots.
The Notes: The cold draw of the Small Batch has a familiarity to it thought it takes me some time to put my finger on it. It reminds me of the grape powder from a pixie stick. The nose of the cigar is earthy and slightly sweet as I look forward to lighting it up.
After toasting the foot the initial notes are spice and vanilla extract. Working into the first third of the smoke there is some spice through the nose, but a wonderfully sweet vanilla extract and wisps of caramel over an earthy canvas and with accents of pepper that are slightly amplified through the nose.
In the second third of the cigar, the notes of caramel really begin to take hold especially on the aroma which is intoxicating to this smoker. There is a slight cedar on the finish, but there is also a creme brûlée profile that makes this cigar really stand out.
The final third of the cigar beings to loose a lot of the sweetness on the palate as the notes becomes more woodsy, specifically cedar. There is some faint spice, but the caramel and vanilla still continue to shine on the incredible aroma of the cigar.
The Burn: A slow burning cigar that features a thin burn line that burns as perfect as they come. The draw of this cigar is the true definition of what I consider to be perfect, with the right resistance that helps slow down the experience and makes it last for quite some time. The light color ash holds for more than a third at a time and the cigar remain lit from first light to last puff.
The Finish: The aroma on the Perdomo Small Batch 2005 Ecuador Connecticut might just have the best aroma I have ever come across in a cigar. The aroma shouldn’t be consider to that of a pipe, as it is subtle but detectible when the cigar rests between the lips and it only enhances the over all flavor profile of the cigar. Simply put, this is a cigar that delivers and as a person who doesn’t always enjoy a Ecuador Connecticut I can only imagine how the other wrappers will be in this cigar scheduled for release in April (Sun Grown) and May (Maduro). This one could be tough to beat.
Price: $7.19 / $188.99