For me Memorial Day is one of those strange holiday weekends. Over the years it has become the official start of the summer with friends and family getting together for a BBQ, or heading to the beach. For me, I am heading camping if you can call it that. We rented a cabin at some a campground in Maine but is it really camping when your not sleeping under a tent.
Anyway, as I was saying this is a strange weekend. It’s really a weekend of remembrance for those who died protecting our way of life. Instead of being somber, we laugh, drink, and many of us have lost focus on what Memorial Day is. So at some point this weekend, I ask you to pause between beers, or burgers and offer up a moment of silence for those who have fallen.
Cigar Review: Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Ring Gauge: 54
Vitola: Epicure (Toro)
The Look: The Champagne on the shelf stands out as the cigar is packaged in yellow cello. Beneath the cello is a beautiful looking Connecticut wrapper that is seamlessly rolled to perfection. The 10th Anniversary cigar from Perdomo has a single band that looks like a dual band. It is yellow and black Perdomo Reserve Champagne as the focal point with black and gold underneath denoting 10th Anniversary. In the hand the cigar has a nice weight to it, no soft spots and a well packed foot.
The Notes: The cold draw of the Perdomo 10th Anniversary is sweet with notes of molasses and caramel with the slightest hint of earth in the background. The foot of the cigar serves up some similar notes though not nearly has strong as off the draw.
Once the cigar is lit the sweetness continues from the first light with notes of caramel and nuts and the slightest hint of spice that keeps the cigar closer to the medium range. As the first third come to a close some earth notes are introduced.
In the second third of the Perdomo Champagne the cigar begins to take on notes of roasted nuts with some earthy components and the development of anise that is quite defined on the finish.
The last third of the Champagne the notes return to the sweetness on the initial light and the cold draw with a slight caramel and roasted nuts that are especially dominant in the aroma and retrohale. The finish is short, and extremely enjoyable.
The Burn: Every cigar rolled at the Perdomo factory is draw tested to ensure that the experience is perfectly enjoyed and that was the case here. The ash is firm and holds for a lengthy period of time. The burn line was thin and even as well and remained lit for the duration.
The Finish: While I will be driving back from Maine just do to the radio show tomorrow, I couldn’t think of a better way to start my holiday weekend. The body of the cigar allowed me to relax and reflect, while the notes of the cigar kept me intrigued throughout. It’s one of the great cigars from Perdomo and it should be a mainstay in everyone’s humidor.